Convicted killer appears in court after allegedly violating his parole

Convicted killer Timothy David Taylor has appeared in court after being returned to prison for allegedly violating his parole.

But it is still unclear what he allegedly did to violate his release conditions.

Taylor was jailed for the murder of Lisa Blakie, of Timaru, after taking a ride with him on February 2, 2000, while hitchhiking from Christchurch to the West Coast.

The bloody and bruised body of the 20-year-old was found four days later under a rock in a stream near Porter’s Pass on State Highway 73.

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Taylor, who had an extensive criminal record, was convicted after the Crown argued that Blakie was killed in an attack motivated by robbery and sex.

Taylor appeared in Christchurch District Court on Monday morning via audio-visual link before Judge Brian Callaghan.

His lawyer, Pip Hall QC, has requested pre-trial detention until January 12 for a new appearance via audio-visual link. Callaghan granted remand.

It’s unclear what terms Taylor allegedly violated.

In April, Taylor was paroled to live in Christchurch on strict parole conditions, including not leaving the city and spending each night at an approved address, unless he had written permission from do it differently.

He was also not allowed to gamble or possess, use or consume alcohol, controlled drugs or psychoactive substances, except for controlled drugs prescribed by a health professional.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections confirmed Things that they asked the parole board on Friday to have Taylor recalled to jail.

“An interim recall has been granted by the New Zealand Parole Board and the man is now in custody. He was also charged with violating the conditions of his parole.

“The New Zealand Parole Board will determine whether a final recall is granted, which would mean that person remains in jail.”

Timothy David Taylor watches Christchurch High Court judge in 2002.

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Timothy David Taylor watches Christchurch High Court judge in 2002.

Parolees’ compliance with their conditions is monitored by community corrections.

“As this case is now before the courts and the New Zealand Parole Board, we are unable to comment further,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for the parole board confirmed that the interim recall order had been granted.

“A date will be set this week for a final recall hearing, as required by the Parole Act.”

Blakie’s father Doug Blakie was unaware that Taylor had been recalled until he was contacted by Things on Sunday.

“The audience will be the revealing point,” he said.

The Lisa Blakie Memorial along State Highway 73 near Porter's Pass.  (File photo)

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The Lisa Blakie Memorial along State Highway 73 near Porter’s Pass. (File photo)

Talk to Things when Taylor was released in April, Blakie said he had no problem with the parole board’s decision.

“He [Taylor] is definitely an ally, not an enemy. ”

Blakie said he believed Taylor didn’t kill his daughter, but didn’t know who had.

“He didn’t murder Lisa and dispose of her body. He paid his share.

“I hope that parts of Lisa’s case will be reopened. Hopefully in time we will get justice and resolution for Lisa.

Upon releasing Taylor, the Parole Board said it was satisfied that he no longer posed an undue risk and that he could be released.

Taylor had a “long history of violent offenses of grave concern” prior to his 2005 murder conviction, including rape, supplying drugs, aggravated theft and kidnapping, his report said at the time.

“Mr. Taylor has always denied the infractions.

“We saw it in March 2020; By this point, Mr. Taylor had completed all of the rehabilitation programs offered to him, including the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Program (STURP) and Drug Treatment Program (DTP).

Doug Blakie, in 2010, sits near the grave of his daughter, Lisa Blakie, who was murdered in 2000.

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Doug Blakie, in 2010, sits near the grave of his daughter, Lisa Blakie, who was murdered in 2000.

“Mr. Taylor used synthetic cannabis and as a result was pushed back inside the wire and his safety rating was adjusted upwards accordingly. “

Taylor had been working off the wire since October 2020 and his demeanor had been excellent, according to the report.

“We are satisfied over the past 12 months, Mr. Taylor has made real progress.

“He told us today of his efforts to avoid sabotaging himself when the possibility of release presented itself, and had been firm in his belief that he would not take the medication he was entitled to. offered from time to time in prison. “

The report said a review hearing would be held in October.

“At this point, the appropriate time period for each special condition will need to be identified. “

The outcome of this hearing has not yet been made public.

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