The cold-blooded killer who had an obsession with weapons and killed three men, including a police officer, will be released from prison today.
Berwyn Rees, 70, was granted release by the New South Wales State Parole Authority (SPA) under strict conditions, which will see him closely monitored at the same level as a high-risk terrorist.
He was sentenced to three conditions of life for his & # 39; willful and merciless murders & # 39; which shocked the nation four decades ago, but the SPA believe that it is no longer a risk to the community.
Daily Mail Australia has been told that the convicted triple killer is free on Friday morning after being behind bars for 38 years.
Rees & # 39; laundry list of circumstances will make him the most closely monitored parolee in the state and he must adhere to it until his death.
According to An ongoing case, he must be electrically monitored 24 hours a day and submit a weekly schedule to his probation officers.
He will be subject to 15 conditions, including not owning or using a firearm and not contacting, communicating with, looking at, stalking, harassing or intimidating the families of his victims.
Rees is not allowed to visit the local government areas of the Central Coast, Ryde City and Hills Shire.
Any condition that is broken or a minor violation will immediately imprison Rees.
Berwyn Rees, the cold-blooded murderer who had an obsession with weapons and killed three men, including a police officer, is released from prison today
Tracy James was only two when her father Raymond (left) was murdered. & # 39; I had to grow up a little faster compared to other children, & # 39; she said. & # 39; It was difficult, but I think it was all I knew & # 39 ;. Christopher Greenfield (right) was murdered in a Bondi Junction gun shop next to Tracy's father
Sergeant Keith Haydon, pictured on the day of his marriage to Anne, responded to reports of gunfire in a forest when he was murdered by Berwyn Rees. Mrs. Haydon attended Rees' hearing in Parramatta on February 8 with the children Kathy and Peter of the couple
& # 39; The perpetrator is subject to strict supervision and any infringement is automatically reported to SPA, & # 39; said NSW acting commissioner Rosemary Caruana.
Hij He has significant health and mobility issues, and post-release plans include support for handicapped services.
The minister and attorney general of New South Wales fought to keep Rees behind bars.
The Corrective Services Commissioner attempts to introduce legislation that adds stricter restrictions than those already imposed by the SPA.
On August 4, 1977, Rees entered a gun store in Bondi Junction on the eastern outskirts of Sydney and shot the store manager Raymond James and customer Christopher Greenfield.
The men had been instructed to lie on the floor and were then shot blank with shots on the back of the head. They were both 26.
Photos of Raymond's two-year-old daughter Tracy with her grieving mother, Mirjana, were splashed over the front pages of newspapers after the murders.
Rees, who had stolen 18 firearms and ammunition from the gun shop, went into hiding for the next three years and eventually lived in a caravan park on Raymond Terrace, near Newcastle.
On November 24, 1980, police responded to reports from foresters and telecom workers about a firearm being fired in bushland on Mount Sugarloaf, near Lake Macquarie.
Rees, then 31, had gone to the remote place with six pistols and a quantity of ammunition to shoot at cans, as he had done about three times a month for three years.
When confronted with Sergeant Keith Haydon, Rees shot him in the body three times with .38 Smith & Wesson revolver he had stolen from the Bondi Junction store.
Rees had then attempted to move Sergeant Haydon's police vehicle, but the heroic officer had taken the keys out of contact. Rees shot the 37-year-old in mind.
After the execution of Sergeant Haydon, Rees was confronted with police officer Alexander Pietruszka and other police who brought him to Beresfield, about 20 km away.
Tracy James (left) attended a hearing before Berwyn Rees, who murdered her father Raymond in 1977. & # 39; I have set the bar low, knowing that it will be released & # 39;
Raymond James, pictured with his toddler daughter Tracy, was 26 when he was shot in the back of the head in 1977 by triple killer Berwyn Rees. His killer received conditional release
Mr. Pietruszka told A Current Affair last year that Rees on him & # 39; without warning & # 39; shot.
& # 39; The first bullet went through my hair, & # 39; said the now retired officer.
& # 39; The second bullet hit my ear and as I turned aside, the third bullet … luckily hit the rib and bounced instead of it. & # 39;
The young officer could have fired two shots at Rees, who had never shown the least emotion while trying to kill him.
& # 39; This guy was nothing, & # 39; said Mr Pietruszka. & # 39; I can't explain to anyone how cold he was, how expressionless, just – just bad. & # 39;
Rees was arrested that day and has been in custody ever since.
He pleaded guilty to the three murders and evil injuries to Justice Colin Begg who sentenced Rees to life imprisonment in April 1981.
Pietruszka believed that Rees was still a very dangerous man.
& # 39; This man did not kill these three people, & # 39; he said. & # 39; He executed them.
& # 39; I believe that somewhere deep inside him, evil is still lurking. & # 39;
In 1977, Berwyn Rees shot Raymond James and Christopher Greenfield at Bondi Junction in Sydney. Mr James's wife, Mirjana and their daughter Tracy, are pictured on the left. Mr. James and Mirjana are pictured on their wedding day. Tracy is now 44 and wanted Rees to die in prison
Sergeant Keith Haydon, 37, was a police officer for 16 years when he was murdered in 1980 by Berwyn Rees near Newcastle. He was shot three times in the body and once in the head
Relatives of each of the three men murdered by Rees four decades ago were told earlier in the year that he would prepare for his return to the community.
Rees will enter a world he will hardly recognize – there were no cell phones, no internet and no cable television when he was last free.
& # 39; We will apply the highest level of community surveillance to this perpetrator and he will remain in our care for the rest of his life & # 39 ;, said Caruana.
When the 69-year-old went into custody in 1980, Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister, the first space shuttle was not on the run and $ 1 banknotes were not replaced by coins.
Tracy James, whose father Raymond was shot by Rees when she was a toddler, was in the hearing of the conditional authority in Parramatta when he was told that he was released.
& # 39; He had a big grin on his face, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I think I'm still in shock to be honest. I don't understand the logic of how they might even consider releasing a triple killer. & # 39;
Mrs. James previously told Daily Mail Australia that seeing Rees was on an audiovisual link before the probation service made her physically ill.
& # 39; It's very strange to look at a man who killed your father and caused so much destruction in so many families, & # 39; she said.
Three families are confronted with the reality of cold-blooded murderer Berwyn Rees who runs free from prison. Betty Greenfield's son, Christopher, was shot by Rees in 1977 in a gun shop in Sydney. She attended his hearing on 8 February with her daughter Michelle (both pictured)
Anne Haydon (left), whose husband Sergeant Keith Haydon was murdered by Berwyn Rees near Newcastle in 1980, attended a conditional hearing with her daughter Kathy on 8 February (right)
Betty Greenfield is embraced by a supporter at the probation authority for cold-blooded triple killer Berwyn Rees, who shot her 26-year-old son Christopher in August 1977
THE HORRICAL CRIMES OF BERWYN REES
August 4, 1977: Berwyn Rees shoots dead Raymond James and Christopher Greenfield in a gun shop on Bondi Junction in the eastern suburbs of Sydney
November 24, 1980: After three years in hiding, Rees is confronted with Sergeant Keith Haydon in bushland on Mount Sugarloaf, near Newcastle. He shoots Sergeant Haydon. Later that day, Rees Constable shoots Alexander Pietruszka at nearby Beresfield. Constable Pietruszka survives and Rees and is arrested
April 13, 1981: Judge Colin Begg sentenced Rees, 31, to three conditions of life for the murders of Mr James, Mr Greenfield and Sergeant Haydon and 10 years for the evil injury of Constable Pietruszka
September 28, 2018: The NSW State Parole Authority intends to grant Rees conditional release during a private session
February 8, 2019: The NSW State Parole Authority (SPA) suspends a public hearing to determine whether Rees, now 69, should be released
February 21, 2019: The SPA announces that Rees will be released
After the decision Corrective services NSW acting commissioner Rosemary Caruana said that community safety is the & # 39; first priority & # 39; of the body.
& # 39; There are good post-release plans, including suitable, stable accommodation and ongoing involvement in a program to address its offensive behavior.
& # 39; Supervision includes personal meetings and appointments, verification checks, home visits and regular contact with the NSW police.
Elliott said he had sought advice from the Crown Solicitor's office regarding appeal through the Supreme Court after the decision.
& # 39; The NSW government will not decline when it comes to community security & # 39 ;, said Elliott.
Mrs. James received a letter from the SPA in September last year telling her that Rees was eligible for release.
She received letters about the possible conditional release of Rees since his minimum prison sentence expired about ten years ago and attended his first conditional hearing on November 16.
A spokeswoman for the State Parole Authority said the body intended to grant Rees conditional release at a hearing on September 28 last year.
& # 39; SPA noted in particular the performance of the perpetrators, participation in the program to address offensive behavior and suitable plans for release & # 39 ;, said the spokeswoman.
Peter Haydon & # 39; s father Sergeant Keith Haydon was murdered by Berwyn Rees in Bushland near Newcastle in 1980. Mr. Haydon (photo) attended Rees & # 39; previous hearings
Tracy James received a letter from the State Parole Authority in September last year saying that the murderer of her father, Berwyn Rees, was eligible for release after 38 years in prison
Mrs. James said that Rees was very intelligent – completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major while imprisoned – but cold and calculating. He hadn't regretted his crimes.
& # 39; All he does is say exactly what they want to hear so that he is released, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; As far as I am concerned, it was originally three sentences for life plus ten years for the attempted murder, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Thirty-eight years is not nearly enough. That is an average of 10 years per infringement.
& # 39; They were cold-blooded executions. They were shot in the back of the mind at a scoreless distance. It was all premeditated, it was all planned.
& # 39; This creep has killed three people. He also tried to kill another policeman.
& # 39; He gave them all the life sentences. He gave all family members life-long sentences and I think it is only fair that he receives exactly the same. & # 39;
Corrective Services' NSW commissioner, Peter Severin, had also objected to the release of Rees.
Sergeant Keith Haydon, who was murdered by Berwyn Rees, in uniform next to his police car
& # 39; They were cold-blooded executions, & # 39; said Tracy James. & # 39; They were shot in the back of the mind at a scoreless distance. It was all premeditated, it was all planned. & # 39; She is pictured with her father
Constable Alexander Pietruszka, treated in the photo by ambulance officers, was lucky to escape with his life after being shot in the stomach by Berwyn Rees who resisted the arrest
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