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Mentally Ill Killer To Get Leave - Victim's Brother

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John Key
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Wellington, NZPA - A killer who bludgeoned and burned his victim is taking unescorted leave from the Mason Clinic where he is being detained, the victim's brother says.

Graeme Moyle has written a letter to Prime Minister John Key about his concerns and released it to the media.

Colin Edward Moyle was murdered in May 2007 by Matthew John Ahlquist, 33, who was found not guilty on the grounds of insanity in 2008. A High Court judge ordered him detained as a special patient at the Mason Clinic in Auckland.

Mr Moyle was bludgeoned with a spade before being set alight. The court was told Ahlquist killed Mr Moyle, 55, because he believed he was controlling him and he was convinced he was demonic.

Graeme Moyle said he was concerned for public safety because Ahlquist, who had been having escorted outings, was now being let out on his own.

"I and my family have grave concerns about this," he said.

"Mr Ahlquist received 10 years of treatment for his illness (schizophrenia) from the Auckland District Health Board and his condition only worsened resulting in the murder of my brother."

A complaint about his treatment was the subject of a Health and Disability Commissioner inquiry.

"We are now expected to believe that after less than two years treatment in the Mason Clinic Mr Ahlquist is well enough to be given unescorted leave from that facility.

"I have my doubts."

Mr Moyle said the leave was scheduled for the next few days and he implored the Government to intervene.

"To my knowledge there are no checks and balances when these patients are released as evidenced by Colin's death. The decision is based on the 'opinion' of psychiatrists, opinions my family have seen the direct result of."

He said violent acts of paranoid schizophrenics could not be predicted and when decisions were made to release them there appeared to be no accountability.

"These psychiatrists will say it is inhumane to keep these people locked up. I say to them it is inhumane to place them alone in the community where their safety and the safety of others are at risk."

Mr Moyle raised his concerns with Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and said Mr Key should support his call to have the leave revoked.

"Please, Prime Minister, I ask again on behalf of my elderly parents, my remaining brother and sister, Colin's children and grandchildren that you please take steps to put a halt to this situation."


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