Karla Cardno’s stepfather Mark Middleton will not be deported after Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi stepped in.
Middleton received the news this morning that he had been granted a permanent resident’s visa when his lawyer Keith Jefferies called him.
The stepfather of murdered schoolgirl Karla Cardno had been ordered to leave New Zealand after overstaying for more than 30 years.
Middleton told the Herald he and his family were relieved.
“I’ve just heard from my lawyer that the minister has overturned the decision by Immigration and that I’ve been granted a visa and I’ve just got to go through the motions and fill out the necessary paperwork,” he said.
“I think the minister has behaved very ethically.”
This is exactly the sort of situation where the Minister should use his discretion, so pleased to see Kris Faafoi do so.
Middleton has lived here since he was four, and it seems his only brush with the law was threatening to kill the monster who raped, tortured and murdered his step daughter. His family have suffered enough.