11 June 2009
The people of Papanui and the friends and relatives of 15 year old Marie Davis will rest a little easier today after a guilty verdict was given out to Dean Stewart Cameron, 39 who raped and murdered the schoolgirl in April of last year.
Marie’s unclothed body was found face down in the Waimakariri river, north of Christchurch on 17 April, 11 days after she disappeared from her home whilst her family were away.
Cameron has a previous conviction for rape and the Crown has asked for an open-ended preventive detention sentence. He is to be remanded in custody pending reports.
During the trial it emerged that Cameron had been present at Marie’s
friend’s house and had heard Marie saying that she was going to be on her own at home.
For more please see Courtnews.co.nz
UPDATE 24 August 2009:
Dean Stewart Cameron was sentenced today to preventive detention for Marie’s murder. The judge said it was despicable that Cameron had shown no remorse for the crime. More here: Schoolgirl’s killer sentenced.