Oamaru man denied parole

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An Oamaru man charged with manslaughter earlier this year has been denied parole.

Daniel Ethan Smith, 20, was seen by the New Zealand Parole Board yesterday for consideration of parole.

Mr Smith was 16 when he fatally stabbed William Lewis, also aged 16, three times in the back during an altercation in Oamaru on April 1, 2010.

He was first sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 10 years before parole after first being convicted in 2011 of murder.

His conviction was overturned by the Appeal Court last year and Mr Smith was found guilty of manslaughter during a retrial at the Timaru High Court in July.

He was sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment in August meaning he was eligible to apply for parole immediately.

A spokesperson for the Parole Board said his parole was declined because he poses an undue risk to the safety of the community.

Mr Smith will be seen again in one year. The reasons for the Board’s decision will be released in the coming days.

The board will not be making any further comment.