Teen murderer gets parole

A police photograph of the murderer with the knife sheath strapped to his back.
A police photograph of the murderer with the knife sheath strapped to his back.

Mr L’Estrange said his thoughts were with the community but he also sympathised with the murderer’s family.

‘This will forever remain as a tragedy for the family and friends of Vicky Groves and the Churchlands Senior High School community,’ Mr L’Estrange said.

‘It is also a tragedy for the family of the man who, as a boy, took Vicky’s life. My thoughts go out to the community.’

The 38-year-old was aged 15 when he stabbed 16-year-old Vicky Groves 18 times with a hunting knife in front of a classroom full of students.

Judge Hal Jackson sentenced the murderer, who cannot be named, to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years in 1992. He has now served 22.

Attorney-General Michael Mischin, who approved parole, said he had not taken the decision lightly and considered the age of the prisoner when the crime was committed, as well as the findings of recent psychological assessments.

‘The prisoner has completed numerous treatment programs while in prison and has made substantial gains from his participation in these programs,’ Mr Mischin said.

‘The prisoner has also undertaken tertiary studies while incarcerated and has completed a master’s degree.

‘The prisoner has a well-developed support plan for his release from prison, with academic and employment options available to him and strong support from his family network.’

Mr Mischin said the prisoner would have to abide by strict conditions, including mandatory attendance of psychological counselling and would not be able to contact Ms Groves’ family.