The father of murdered Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno has been told by the Parole Board he has to stay in jail.
Gary Duffin was sentenced to nine years behind bars for historic rape charges in 2010.
ONE News was granted exclusive access to Duffin's parole hearing at Rimutaka Prison.
The rape, torture and killing of Karla Cardno in 1989 shocked the nation, and her father Gary Duffin.
"She was a child that had the gift of giving love," he told the Holmes programme in 1989.
The nation was shocked once again 20 years later when her father was jailed for drugging and raping a girl not much older than 13-year-old Karla, just two years after the murder.
Rebecca Thompson was friends with the victim when Duffin and his wife, Sharyn Hills, ran a Wellington brothel.
"What possesses a man who loses a child in such a horrific way to then go on to rape and drug?," Ms Thompson said today.
At his parole hearing, Duffin sat calmly in a grey prison tracksuit as he addressed the board, supported by three family members.
One of those relatives had tears in their eyes as they described their relief at hearing Duffin take responsibility for his crimes, without making excuses as he had in the past.
Duffin told Parole Board chair, Justice Warwick Gendall, who was also judge at the trial, that he is now ready to admit he did wrong.
"You claimed there was consent with this child for some reason decided by yourself and Ms Hills. Do you maintain that?" Justice Gendall asked Duffin.
"At her age she was in no position to be making any decisions for consensual sex," Duffin replied.
At Duffin's trial, the trauma of his daughter's death was used in his defence.
But at today's parole hearing, Duffin conceded there were no excuses.
"I must admit I may have used some things as an excuse," he said.
Justice Gendall told Duffin he was well on the rehabilitation path.
Duffin told the board he does not want to bring grief and sorrow to anyone ever again.
That is something Rebecca Thompson hopes he sticks by when he is a free man.
Duffin is up for parole again next year.