PMB murderer wants parole

2009-10-30 00:00

CUAN McKinley (29), who is serving a 15-year jail sentence for the 2001 murder of his student girlfriend Jenny Kinghorn (20), has asked the high court to force Correctional Services authorities to reconsider his application for placement on parole.

The case has been adjourned indefinitely to enable further documents to be filed.

Evidence at McKinley’s trial was that he strangled Kinghorn because he could not accept her decision to leave him. He later visited various nightclubs while her body was in his bakkie.

McKinley and three other inmates of Ncome Medium B prison, who have so far failed to be given parole, claim in essence that officials charged with enforcing the parole regulations at Ncome have not complied with the relevant sections of the Correctional Services Act and stipulated policies and guidelines.

McKinley says in an affidavit he came before the Correctional Supervision Parole Board on September 23 this year. He benefited from a six-month amnesty granted by former president Thabo Mbeki and will have completed half his sentence on November 7.

“The chairperson [of the parole board] … first retried me for a crime for which I have already been sentenced and served its punishment.

“After the trial was concluded, he told me that I had an impulsiveness with my anger and therefore next year round about September 2010 he will organise me a psychologist”, said McKinley.

He said he saw prison psychologists in 2002, 2004 and 2005. McKinley submitted that the decision to give him a “further profile date” (for a parole hearing) for 2011 was “unlawful, irrational and prejudicial”.

He maintains the refusal to grant him parole was done without just cause, and disregarded the relevant regulations, policies and guidelines applicable.

McKinley was sentenced to an effectiv­e 15 years in jail by Judge Jan Hugo on August 7, 2002 after he was found guilty of strangling Kinghorn with whom he had an “on and off” relationship, as well as theft of a firearm and cash belonging to her mother, Eulize, and unlawful possession of the weapon.

Kinghorn was strangled in her mother’s home on the night of May 31, 2001. McKinley said at the trial he was drunk and did not recall killing Kinghorn and did not know how her body ended up in his bakkie. He claimed they had argued, but also had sex the night of the murder.

His friend, Michael Nefdt, testified that McKinley confessed to him that he had strangled Kinghorn and that she was in his bakkie.

Judge Hugo found that McKinley was a danger to society and that psychological evidence showed he would react the same way again in similar circumstances.

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