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BREAKING: Glenwood killer to stay in jail

Parole has been refused for William Fox.
Parole has been refused for William Fox.

A MAN serving two life sentences in jail, including one for murdering his ex-wife near Gympie in the 90s, has lost his bid for parole.

William Kelvin Fox was refused parole late last year and applied to the Supreme Court to fight this.

He represented himself at a hearing this morning when he argued that he should be granted parole because he was assessed as being low risk to the community.

He is currently serving two life sentences, one for murdering his former wife Patricia Gaye Atkinson at Glenwood in 1996 and another for attempted murder in 1992.

He has also been convicted of three other attempted murder charges, including trying to kill his son, his son's girlfriend and a neighbour.

Fox said he had been in jail for about 18 years and that the parole board refused to release him because it would be a risk to the community.

He said corrective services officers had assessed him as being at level one on a risk assessment scale, which is the lowest score possible, Fox claimed.

"It's obvious the parole board doesn't take that into consideration in their decision making process," he said. But Justice Glenn Martin said corrective services opposed giving Fox parole.

He also warned Fox during the hearing that he was only allowed to argue on whether the parole board made a legal error in refusing his parole, not to argue facts.

Justice Martin dismissed Fox's application for the court to review the parole board's decision to refuse parole. - APN NEWSDESK

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