Calls to serve a community trespass notice on convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson have been rejected by some in the Wanganui community.
The man dubbed the Beast of Blenheim is due to be released from prison on September 1 to live under supervision in a house in the grounds of Wanganui Prison.
However, Wanganui Council is considering a raft of legal measures to stop Wilson entering the community after residents expressed strong opposition.
The council has passed a resolution to co-ordinate the filing of community trespass notices against Wilson and is planning to file papers for a judicial review next week.
Pharmacist Des Healy said he would serve the convicted sex offender.
"I'm sure there will be processes in place that we will be protected. I can't imagine him wandering in here on his own and certainly we'd be serving him."
Wilson has also gained the support of some local Maori and church leaders who are willing to help Wilson adjust to life outside prison.
However other businesses ONE News spoke to said they would refuse to serve Wilson because they had to think of their current customers - especially women and children.
Wilson, 65, is set to be freed in two weeks after being jailed for 21 years in March 1996. He was convicted on 22 sex charges against women and children between 1971 and 1994.
Wilson will have a 'ripple' effect
Some victims of sex abuse are vowing to continue to fight against Wilson's release in the Wanganui community.
ONE News spoke to a woman who says her daughters were victims of sexual assault.
The woman said victims of similar crimes in the region are terrified at the prospect of his release.
"Corrections and parole boards look far too often at the perpetrators and not the ripple effects it has had on families that have been put through hell," said the woman.
Wanganui was chosen for Wilson's reintegration into society as none of the his registered victims live in the region. Under his parole conditions, he will be monitored by GPS and will not be able to leave the grounds unaccompanied and unless given permission.
He also cannot access the internet, own a car, leave the Whanganui District, get a job, consume alcohol or drugs or contact his victims.
Alternative locations considered
The lawyer acting for the serial sex offender says discussions with alternative locations for his release are going ahead.
"There are a number of people that are being spoken to and obviously they probably don't want the glare of publicity at this stage but I imagine things will come out in the test of time," Andrew McKenzie told TV ONE's Breakfast.
New Plymouth and Hawke's Bay were shortlisted as future homes for Wilson before Wanganui was eventually selected.
The Dominion Post reports the locations were listed in a Corrections report to the Parole Board ahead of Wilson's release.
"A considerable amount of work has gone into trying to determine suitable accommodation for Mr Wilson, taking into account location of victims, victim concerns and his varied pattern of offending," the report says.
"When taking these factors into consideration New Plymouth, Whanganui and Hawke's Bay were shortlisted as the most suitable options."
McKenzie said Wilson is also not keen on the move to Wanganui.
The report to the Parole Board says he wanted to live in
Christchurch when he was freed, but he could not provide an address