Mal Meninga
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Brutal killer Bevan Meninga won't be living with Mal

BEVAN Meninga, whose brutal killing of Cheree Richardson shocked the Sunshine Coast, is no longer expected to live with his famous brother but with a 'sponsor' away from the Coast.

The 42-year-old, who has served 21 years behind bars, could be out of jail within weeks on conditional parole.

It is expected that one of the conditions of his parole will be  that he not live on the Sunshine Coast, which means he cannot live with his mother as he had planned.

Queensland State of Origin legend Mal Meninga had previously offered to put his brother up in Brisbane.

But he told Nine News on Tuesday night that his brother would be living with a sponsor outside his household.

"We'll be there providing support for him,'' Meninga said.

"We'll be visiting him on a regular basis to ensure that he's happy, he's being looked after, he's cared for.

"It's really important the Meninga family get behind him.''

Bevan Meninga murdered Richardson in 1991 by hitting her with a tree branch, later claiming he had been intoxicated. He was on parole at the time for bashing another woman with a stake in her home.

Mal Meninga said his brother was extremely remorseful for what he had done and had "a lot of empathy for the victim and her family''.

Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson told News Corp that Cheree's parents Helen and John Richardson were dreading Bevan Meninga's release.

He said they did not want him back on the Sunshine Coast.

Conditions against his use of alcohol and illicit drugs also are expected  to be part of his parole, as psychiatrists and the parole board have expressed concern about the risk of him returning to substance abuse.


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