Killer could be released as soon as next month
KILLER Nelson Patea could walk free from jail as early as next month despite being sentenced over the death of Gold Coast father Greg Dufty only months ago.
In a decision published today, The Queensland Parole Board found Patea could not say where the man's remains were.
The decision came after a hearing was last month held under the state's tough No Body No Parole laws where Patea was quizzed on his knowledge of Mr Dufty's final resting place.
The laws prevent the release of killers who will not tell authorities where their victim's remains are located.
Patea can now continue his parole application though the usual process.
Nelson Patea is the brother of Bandidos bikie Lionel Patea, who brutally murdered Tara Brown.
Nelson Patea pleaded guilty to Mr Dufty's manslaughter in May this year and was sentenced to eight years' jail, but deemed eligible for parole on January 11 after already serving time on remand.
Mr Dufty was beat to death at Nerang in 2015 over drug debt and his body is believed to have been burned in northern NSW.
His remains have never been located.
The Parole Board found Patea had cooperated with authorities and did not have any knowledge of where Mr Dufty's body could be found.
"The Board is satisfied... given that the applicant did not have the capacity to give cooperation in the investigation offence to identify the victim's location," a decision handed down today read.
Lionel Patea is currently serving to life sentences for Mr Dufty and Ms Brown's murders.
He will remain behind bars until at least 2048.