NSW triple-killer Arthurell paroled

NSW triple-killer Reginald Arthurell has served 23 years of a 24-year sentence.
NSW triple-killer Reginald Arthurell has served 23 years of a 24-year sentence.

NSW triple-killer Reginald Arthurell has been granted parole, with a senior legal expert saying it's better than letting her out next year "cold turkey".

The elderly prisoner will be paroled early next month, about six months before the expiry of her full 24-year term for the murder of Venet Mulhall.

"There comes a time when it becomes dangerous to let someone out without supervision at all," NSW State Parole Authority chair David Frearson SC said on Thursday.

The 75-year-old, who came out as a transgender woman in custody, will be required to wear an ankle bracelet, participate in psychological programs and abstain from alcohol.

That's in addition to 11 standard parole conditions.

Ms Mulhall was bludgeoned to death with a piece of wood inside her Coonabarabran home in central NSW in 1995, having earlier helped Arthurell secure parole for another sentence.

Paul Quinn, who found his sister's body, said the sentencing judge in 1997 should have set a life term without parole.

Arthurell had already been jailed for the manslaughter of his stepfather Thomas Thornton in Sydney in 1974 and naval officer Ross Browning in the Northern Territory in 1981.

"There wouldn't be a member of the (parole) board that would like this person living in their neighbourhood, let alone living as a neighbour," Mr Quinn told the parole hearing on Thursday.

Mr Quinn said he feared another person, ignorant about Arthurell's crimes, would be killed.

"That unknown person is again going to bear the consequences of having to deal with this person - and they are unprepared," he said.

Mr Frearson, a former crown prosecutor and District Court judge, said he understood Mr Quinn was frustrated with the original sentence, which expires on May 24, 2021, but said the parole board couldn't interfere with it.

"Is it not a question of 'cold turkey' or letting her out with a bit of structure?" he asked Mr Quinn.

Strict supervision in the community presents as "the only sensible and viable option for community safety", Mr Frearson said.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has previously said there were "unfortunately zero" prospects of getting a continuing detention order for Arthurell, which would keep her in custody beyond the end of her sentence.

The state is, however, considering applying for an extended supervision order, which would enforce parole-like conditions after May 2021.

Both orders require approval of the NSW Supreme Court.

A progress report on Arthurell's time on parole will be considered by the SPA on February 3.

Australian Associated Press