VICTORIANS will be appalled and outraged to learn that one of the state’s most notorious child killers has been allowed to live a charmed and privileged life in prison, complete with conjugal visits and even playtime among young children. Aiton, who is 188cm tall and weighed 105kg when he beat Daniel to death after months of abuse, will be eligible for parole next month after serving the minimum 18 years of a 22-year sentence.
Paul Leslie Aiton has even been permitted to marry and buy a house with his new bride while serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of toddler Daniel Valerio.
The state still shudders at the memory of this hideous crime and the awful details of Daniel’s death after months of beatings at the hands of this despicable monster. A post-mortem examination found that two-year-old Daniel, son of Aiton’s girlfriend of the time, suffered 104 bruises and two broken collarbones before dying.
Now we discover that Aiton, eligible for parole next month after serving 18 years of his 22-year sentence, has been enjoying creature comforts – including four-hour love sessions with his new wife – in Marngoneet Prison, a place established for “males who are at moderate to high risk of re-offending”.
He is even allowed to play with his new young stepdaughter during contact visits in the presence of children of other prisoners.
We demand to know who is responsible for deciding on such favoured treatment for a cowardly, vicious drunken thug?
Aiton deserves no parole and no more special privileges for the rest of his sentence. He should have no special rights.
This man should be locked in a solitary maximum-security cell with sufficient heating and lighting, and three basic meals a day.
No more, no less. Daniel’s memory demands it.
THE brother of Daniel Valerio has hit out at news his brother’s killer has been allowed to marry while in prison.
A Herald Sun investigation has learned Paul Leslie Aiton has been allowed to marry and buy a house with his bride, Linda, while serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of toddler Daniel Valerio.
Aiton’s four-hour conjugal visits were approved by prison authorities and occur in a special unit at Marngoneet prison in Lara.