An iwi leader says the armed robbery of a Kaitaia dairy on Sunday by two teenagers was a direct result of the “limited windows of opportunity” young people have in the Far North.
North Road Dairy owner Dipika Patel was in the store when an armed 12-year-old boy, who police believe was on methamphetamine, entered demanding money at 8.35pm on Sunday.
But Te Rarawa iwi leader Haami Piripi told Newstalk ZB, while the images were “shocking”, people shouldn’t be too quick to demonise the teenagers. Read more »
It is no surprise that the blame game has started in the Far North. Are we really going to blame the system this time? Or were there an awful lot of people who could have spoken up for those poor kids?
The former chairman of Pamapuria Primary School’s board of trustees, Ian Bamber, told RNZ that he knew nothing about the warning but plenty of people did.
He said he learnt of the letter this year, and has since discovered many others already knew about it.
“ERO knew about the letter, police knew about the letter. CYFS knew about the letter, and the board at the time knew about the letter.”
Mr Bamber said it appears the one person who was not warned by police was Parker.
I see that the kiddie fiddler was the staff representative on the Board of Trustees at the time of charges being laid. How long was he on the Board? was it for the duration of the offending? Did he ensure that things like letters went missing or other ‘clues’ to what was going on were shut down?
No doubt we’ll have another review on its way.
Kiddie fiddler James Parker had this to say in court:
“Those of you who know me well will know that I am not the monster that many will portray me to be. I am, however, the unwilling host of a most terrible disorder.
“It is my great hope that all who have suffered because of me will now be able to get the help they need. It is also my desperate wish that I too will be able to receive help for this sickness within me.”
Right! And you couldn’t have sought help for your “most terrible disorder” and “sickness” during the eight year period? Spare me the tears. You are a cold, calculating, selfish monster.
At least this monster has pleaded guilty to all charges. Will name suppression now be lifted given everyone in the town knows who it is?
Would biometric identification stopped this guy? Of course not. Another bad man using his position of power to offend against boys.
A prominent Kaitaia man facing 43 counts of sexual offending against boys aged 16 and under is due to appear in court today.
The man, who has name suppression, will appear in Kaitaia District Court on 24 counts of indecent assault on boys aged between 12 and 16 and 15 counts of indecent assault on boys aged under 12.
There are also four other representative charges and further charges are likely.
Despite the name suppression the identity of the man is widely known in the small community.
Update: He is James Parker, ex-Deputy Principal of Pamapuria School. The suppression orders have been lifted now that he has pleaded guilty