Mt Isa priest seeks fair go for paroled killer

A spokesman from the parish of Mount Isa in Queensland has said that a convicted murderer about to be paroled has done his time and deserves another chance.

The ABC reports that Tommy Neal was found guilty of murdering an elderly man during a bungled break and enter in Mt Isa in 1981.

After spending an extra nine years in jail when he was transferred to the Northern Territory, he will be released on parole later this month.

It is expected he may return to Mount Isa to be with his mother.

Fr Mick Lowcock (pictured) says he hopes Mount Isa residents will give him a fair go.

"A person has served their time for their crime they've been convicted of," he said.

"I think we've got a person here if I can judge by the other members of the family - a person who has served an enormous amount of time after a crime and I think they deserve the right now to live a normal life."

Church asks for fair go for paroled killer (ABC Western Queensland 3/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Good Shepherd Parish, Mt Isa
Diocese of Townsville
NT overturns mandatory life sentence for prisoner (ABC Radio PM 29/10/04)

NT's longest serving prisoner paroled (AFP/news.com.au 28/4/05)
Prisoner faces release after 24yrs (AAP/Courier Mail 28/4/05)
Killer learns about life on the outside (Northern Territory News/news.com.au 29/4/05)
NT prisoner, Thomas Neal, granted parole (ABC Radio The World Today 29/4/05)
Tommy Neal to be released from jail (ABC TV Stateline 5/3/05)

4 May 2005