Timothy Pullen.
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Timothy Pullen. Photo Contributed Contributed

Mum at breaking point after hearing of son's killers release

THERE were calls for the Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan to be sacked after the controversial decision to release one of Timothy Pullen's killers was upheld yesterday.

Timothy was killed in 2012 but his body has never been found.

Benjamin Oakley will be released on November 13, despite Mr Ryan saying a week ago he was "comforted" the Parole Board would conduct a review of the case.

The initial decision to release Oakley was made days before No Body, No Parole legislation passed.

Timothy's parents, Gary and Leanne, fought to have the laws introduced in the hope that one of their son's killers would reveal where they hid his body.

"I appeal to the Premier to show moral leadership and to stand the Minister for Corrective Services down," MP Tim Mander said. "How could any family of a victim of a crime have confidence that this minister has their back?"

Mr Mander said Mr Ryan had shown a lack of moral leadership in his dealings with the Pullens.

"Whilst the minister may have been bound by confidentiality, if he had just an ounce of decency he would not have invited them to the press conference," Mr Mander said. "You just don't do that to people."

Leanne Pullen said she was at breaking point after hearing of Oakley's release.

"I'm starting to think that the woman who has held it together for the past five and a bit years is starting to crumble after today," she said. "The legislation really should have been a triumph, but it's just turned into this huge debacle and really, who are the winners in this sad tale?"

Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said that all decisions by the parole board were made independently and without political interference.

"While I cannot interfere with decisions of the independent parole board, personally I do feel disappointed in the decision," he wrote.

A vote on the motion of no confidence in Mr Ryan did not pass.

The public servant whistleblower who revealed the decision to release Oakley has been stood down and the matter referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.


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