Convicted child sex offender politician to find out if he will be freed
Former NSW Labor minister and convicted child sex offender Milton Orkopoulos will find out in a fortnight whether he will be freed on parole.
The 62-year-old appeared via video link today before the State Parole Authority, which heard briefly from the Crown and his lawyer to supplement their written submissions.
Orkopoulos - who was the NSW Aboriginal affairs minister when he was arrested in 2006 - was later convicted of dozens of offences including rape and seven counts of sex with a child.
In the Crown's written submissions, James Emmett said Orkopoulos would continue to pose a significant risk to the safety of the community upon release.
But his lawyer, Omar Juweinat, said his client's release would be in the interest of both Orkopoulos and the public.
The lawyer said he'd spend one year and 10 months on parole if it was granted.
"This is an applicant who has been able to demonstrate a great deal of rehabilitation while in a custodial setting," Mr Juweinat said this morning.
He noted Orkopoulos was involved "in a spot of bother" earlier this year when the prescription drug buprenorphine was found in his urine.
Parole authority chair Justice James Wood said the release application decision will likely be handed down on December 6.
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