Tougher restrictions sought

MP parole proposal backed by murder victim's former husband
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STRICT BOUNDARIES: Tania Maxwell has called for tougher restrictions for violent and sexual offenders on parole.

KAREN Chetcuti’s former husband, Tony Chetcuti, has thrown his support behind proposed legislation to restrict violent and sexual offenders on parole from living more than 10 kilometres from a Victoria Police station.

Wangaratta-based state upper house MP Tania Maxwell (MLC, Northern Victoria) moved a motion in the Legislative Council last week to introduce further restrictions on recidivist offenders of violent and sexual crimes.

Ms Chetcuti was murdered at her Whorouly home in January 2016 by her neighbour, Michael Cardamone, who was at the time on parole for the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2005.

Mr Chetcuti said the incident was a significant example of what the proposed legislation is hoping to prevent.

“I think that’d be a great idea,” Mr Chetcuti said.

“In the case of Cardamone, he was a good half an hour from the nearest police station.

“He was in Whorouly unsupervised by anyone and could go about his day and do as he pleased really.”

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