Saturday, October 12, 2019
Convicted paedophile and former NSW minister Milton Orkopoulos wins bid for parole
The NSW Parole Authority has formed an intention to grant parole to convicted paedophile and disgraced former state government minister Milton Orkopoulos.
Orkopoulos was sentenced in 2008 to at least nine years and three months in jail for 30 child sex and drugs charges, relating to three boys in the Hunter Valley region and Lake Macquarie.
He became eligible for parole in 2017 but it was repeatedly refused because he did not take part in a sex offenders program.
Now that the intention to grant parole has been determined, all parties will have the opportunity to make submissions at a review hearing in four to six weeks.
The Orkopoulos case was a bombshell for the then-NSW Labor Government.
His trial gave insight into his double life which involved having sex with minors and supplying them with cannabis and heroin.
During sentencing, Newcastle District Court Judge Ralph Coolahan said Orkopoulos' "premeditated, predatory and manipulative" actions had far-reaching effects on his victims and involved a gross breach of trust.
More to come.