A man who kicked and punched a woman to death in a Sydney stairwell will be deported to his native Britain today after the parole board decided to release him from jail.
Steven Anthony DeSouza, 35, will be transferred from Sydney's Silverwater Jail to Sydney airport this afternoon, much to the relief of the victim's mother Bev Harvey.
A family spokesman, Howard Brown, from the Victims of Crime Assistance League, said family members were "most happy" that DeSouza would now be "out of sight and out of mind".
"She (Bev) has actually indicated to me that if she felt that she was physically capable of doing so, she would be doing cartwheels around the airport as the plane took off," he said.
Last year DeSouza cancelled his Federal Court challenge to Canberra's decision to revoke his permanent and absorbed-person visas on character grounds.
DeSouza, who used his abuse of steroids as a defence for his crime, became eligible for parole in May last year after he was jailed in 1995 for a minimum of 12 years for the bashing murder of 21-year-old Fiona Harvey in Kings Cross in 1994.
His initial application for parole was rejected.
NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos said Mr DeSouza had arrived in Australia with his family at age 10 and settled in Sydney.
"He will be released from custody at 5pm (AEST)," Mr Hatzistergos said.
"Immigration and police will be taking him directly to Sydney airport and he will leave immediately.
"The British authorities have been alerted, he will undergo assessment in the United Kingdom when he arrives and he'll be under supervision there by community liaison officers."
Mr Brown said Mrs Harvey had recommended DeSouza's release on parole.
The Harvey family had initially been opposed to parole because of DeSouza's refusal to complete a number of programs, but changed their minds after they learned he would be subject to newly introduced control orders in the UK.
"I honestly believe that her decision to recommend the release to parole was a very brave decision, but it was the right decision because she needs to get on with her life and she needs to keep continuing to assist other victims," he said.
A community liaison officer in Britain would make sure the parole conditions imposed by the NSW Parole Authority would be enforced, he said.
DeSouza is the latest of a series of convicted criminals who came to Australia at an early age being deported to their native Britain.
In June last year, convicted serial paedophile William John Gallagher, who had lived in Australia for more than 40 years, was deported to Scotland
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