Justice James Wood to Review Terence Leary Parole

Former NSW Supreme Court judge James Wood will lead a review into the decision to release convicted murderer Terrence John Leary on parole.

Leary, who was convicted of murdering a Sydney teenager in 1990 and released on parole last August, allegedly attacked a 30-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill on Wednesday. Leary has been charged with attempted rape and murder over the attack in which his victim was allegedly punched and stabbed.

In announcing the review, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said Mr Wood would only look at the Leary case, not the entire parole system.

Leary served 22-and-a-half years of a 24-year sentence for the 1990 murder and was released with strict conditions. He had been refused parole on six previous occasions between 2005 and 2010 before his release.  

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