‘Allers was on his best’

2014-08-04 00:00

CONVICTED triple axe murderer Mario Allers was released from prison four times and was reportedly on his best behaviour 10 days before stabbing his wife to death.

Allers, accused of stabbing his wife, Carol, to death last week, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The 42-year-old’s latest brush with the law comes 15 years after he hacked to death his mother, grandmother and his best friend in their Bluff home.

The brutal slaying rocked the community where he grew up, with the memory of screams and wailing sirens still fresh in the minds of many.

His Department of Corrections record, obtained by The Witness, shows Allers as a repeat offender who struggled with drug addiction and the sordid relationship with his wife.

Carol at one point took her battle to the courts to get her jailed husband freed.

DCS spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said the Bluff man had initially been sentenced to 18 years for the slaying of his family, effectively six years for each relative that he killed.

“He served more than half of his sentence and was eligible for consideration for parole after completing six years of his sentence.

“Therefore, he served at least three years more than the eligible minimum sentence, after which he was considered for parole,” Wolela said.

After his nine year run for the murder of his family, he took his first step into the outside world in December 2009, when he was admitted to Randburg Community Corrections.

“Our records show that his fiancé, Carol Buist, signed as his care-giver. But just three months later she reported that she no longer wished to stay with ‘Offender Allers’ any more and was adamant that she no longer wanted anything to do with him,” Wolela said.

His parole was revoked the same day and he was re-imprisoned, destined to serve the rest of his sentence behind bars.

But not three days passed before Carol had apparently had a change of heart and requested that he again be released into her care.

When the prison service said his parole could only be considered a year later, she engaged them in court.

“She … took DCS to court in 2010. The court then referred the matter back to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board and he was released a year later.”

A year after he was released, Carol reported that Allers was on drugs and instead of being re-arrested, he was sent to rehab.

On July 12 this year, Allers and his wife were interviewed by DCS officials at the Community Corrections Office and they both confirmed that the offender was now on his best behaviour. Sadly, shortly thereafter, it was reported that the offender allegedly murdered his wife.

Jody Nel reports from Johannesburg that Carol Allers was buried on Tuesday, which would have been her second wedding anniversary.

Carol’s brother, Paul de Klerk, on Thursday said the couple knew each other before the murders, but only started seeing each other after Allers went to prison in 2000.

“Carol would visit Mario twice a month in the prison in [Pietermaritzburg] and later when he was transferred to Newcastle.”

Carol, a client manager at Nampak, was transferred to Roodepoort in 2006.

A few years later, Allers was transferred to Boksburg and later to the Leeuwkop prison in Johannesburg.

Allers was paroled a second time in July 2012. He and Carol married in the same month.

De Klerk said his family was against the relationship, but they could not interfere with Carol’s private life.

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