High risk killer on the run
The public is warned not to approach Wayne Leslie Norris, a man with more than 50 convictions, who beat to death a disabled man during a burglary in 2005.PT4M10S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v44o 620 349 October 7, 2013
Police believe missing paroled killer Wayne Leslie Norris could be on the run in the Latrobe Valley or Wodonga areas.
The public has been warned not to approach Norris, 30, a man with more than 50 convictions, who beat to death a disabled man during a burglary in 2005.
Norris disappeared six weeks ago after failing to meet parole-ordered obligations, including living at a certain address and attending appointments.
Accused of breaching parole ... killer Wayne Norris. Photo: Supplied
The Adult Parole Board notified Victoria Police that contact had been lost on August 22, Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo said.
Norris was known to frequent the Warragul and Moe areas, as well as Wodonga, on the NSW border. However, sweeps of those areas have failed to find him.
"He’s considered high risk, he’s not extreme," Superintendent Peter De Santo said. "He has got drug abuse convictions in the past and also convictions for violence."
But police do not believe Norris has committed any other offences, aside from breaching his parole.
His family were co-operating with police, but have not been able to help find him.
In 2006 Norris was sentenced to nine years jail for manslaughter, aggravated burglary and theft of a car following a fatal attack on epileptic Lee Bridge, 36.
Mr Bridge was found severely wounded and tied with a plastic cable, underneath a cupboard door at his Warragul home in February 2005, court documents reveal.
Bridge died days later. An autopsy revealed he had suffered multiple fatal head and neck injuries.
The degree of force required to cause his wounds was "consistent with that sometimes found in motor vehicle accidents", a pathologist found.
Norris was released on parole in early June, but breached his obligations less than three months later.
At the time of the attack on Mr Bridge, Norris was serving a suspended sentence for burglary and recklessly causing serious injury.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest and Victoria Police has put an extradition request before the Parole Board in case he is found interstate.
Superintendent Peter De Santo said Mr Bridge’s family were not notified that his killer had skipped parole.
Norris has a medium build, is 175 centimetres tall and has with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked call 000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.