The Dom Post reports:
One of New Zealand’s most notorious killers has died in prison, bringing relief to those who knew his victims.
Double murderer Rufus Junior Marsh, 53, died in Wanganui Prison last week, the Corrections Department said yesterday. The cause of death is unknown but is not thought to be suspicious.
A career criminal, Marsh was serving a life sentence for killing Justice Department clerk Diane Miller in 1986.
It was his second killing – 12 years earlier, Marsh, then 18, and 16-year-old accomplice Dennis Luke kicked Joseph “Taffy” Williamson to death in Hopper St, Wellington.
We have very few double killers. Marsh, if he was ever let out, would have been highly likely to offend again.
The families of his victims can npow relax and not have to go through the annual submission to the Parole Board asking for him to be kept locked up.
Mind you in this case, it looks like the Parole Board saw no release for him:
At a hearing in 2008, the board said he was unlikely to be freed until he was too old to pose a risk.
“It may be a more humane and realistic outcome to allow Mr Marsh to accept that he is very unlikely to be ready for release until he has been made frail with age.”
I wonder how many people are in this category – basically have had an indication they will never get parole while they are able bodied?