- Arthur Boycott Greer to be deported to the UK after 25 years in prison
Attorney General John Quigley has today announced that he has accepted the Prisoners Review Board's recommendation to release Arthur Boycott Greer on parole to facilitate his return to the United Kingdom.
Greer was found guilty of the murder of a 14 year-old girl, Sharon Lee Mason, who disappeared in Mosman Park in 1983. Her body was later found in 1992, buried behind a shop formerly owned by Greer.
Greer, 80, whose next statutory review date was scheduled for November 8, 2019, wrote to the Board in October 2017 requesting an early review in light of his failing health.
The request was approved and the Board prepared a report for the Attorney General recommending that the Governor be advised to release Greer to parole.
After seeking further advice from the Board about the impact of Greer's health, Mr Quigley made a decision to endorse the Board's recommendation for the Executive Council's approval.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"After receiving the Prisoners Review Board statutory report on Greer earlier this year, I sought further advice from the Board in relation to Greer's health.
"The information pertaining to Greer's current state of health was critical to my decision making.
"The Board returned a medical report which addressed my concerns about how Greer's health and age may affect his risk of reoffending should he be deported back to the UK.
"The Board formed the opinion that Greer's age, limited mobility and his deteriorating health act together to reduce his risk of reoffending.
"The Acting Commissioner for Victims of Crime has been in contact with Ms Mason's family.
"The Acting Commissioner informs me that Ms Mason's loved ones expressed a wish that Greer be transported from prison to deportation and that he not taste freedom in Australia again.
"Arrangements are being made for Greer to leave as soon as possible for the UK, relinquishing WA taxpayers from the ongoing cost of his 25 years of incarceration and compounding medical needs."
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