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Youngest Killer Back In Court Again On Parole Breach Charges

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Auckland, Feb 13 NZPA - The country's youngest convicted killer has escaped an immediate recall to prison after yesterday admitting breaching his parole conditions.

Bailey Junior Kurariki, 19, who was only 13 when he was convicted of the manslaughter of pizza delivery man Michael Choy in Auckland, was given a "final chance" by Judge Semi Epati to keep out of trouble.

He was jailed for seven years in 2001 and released from prison last May, four months before his sentence was due to end.

He was briefly recalled to prison last July for breaches of his parole conditions.

Yesterday he appeared in the Manukau District Court on three charges of breaching his parole conditions since November involving the use of alcohol and drugs, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Judge Epati said Kurariki had repeatedly failed drugs tests.

Kurariki's lawyer Jeremy Sutton said keeping him in custody would see him in prison longer than the charges required.

He said Kurariki was trying very hard to comply and had done extremely well earlier to comply with specialist conditions.

Judge Epati said Kurariki needed to understand he could not continue using drugs because part of the rehabilitation was to get off drugs.

He gave Kurariki a "final chance", before releasing him on bail with a stern warning.

He ordered pre-sentence and psychological reports before Kurariki's next appearance in March, ordered him not to enter licensed premises except supermarkets, not to consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, and imposed a curfew requires him to be at his Otara home from 7pm until 7am.

The judge told Kurariki's mother Lorraine West not to let him out of her sight.

"Otherwise he is going to stuff up again."

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