The speed with which police arrested a 27 year old man for the murder of North Shore woman Blesilda Gotingco can only mean that he was already known to them. It is highly likely this man has committed other crimes of violence against women, and there’s a strong chance he is already on parole for one of them.
Update 28 May 2014: Early reports from New Zealand this morning said that the accused was under supervision at the time of Blesilda’s death and that he was identified as a possible suspect soon after she went missing. Also, a machete had been found and taken away by police for examination. “The accused was living just 1.4km from Mrs Gotingco’s Salisbury Rd home and 800m from the bus stop where she is thought to have got on off on her way home from work on Saturday.” source
Update 29 May 2014: A message was left on E2NZ.org saying the arrested man had been released from detention for a serious crime and was wearing an ankle bracelet.
Update 30 May 2014: Twitter is saying that the accused has been named on the NZ’s Sensible Sentencing Trust’s Facebook.
Update 31 May 2014: NZHerald.co.nz keeps the pressure on the Dept of Corrections by telling the story of another woman Kylie Jones, 23,who was grabbed as she got off a bus, raped and stabbed to death. Two months earlier her attacker had been released from prison on parole for rape. source
Update 9 June. A march protesting against NZ’s ineffective criminal justice system is planned for Wednesday 18 June. This is called a hui. When it is over New Zealanders will go back to their complacency until the next woman is killed/raped/tortured by a dangerous ex-con.
Update 18 June. The accused appeared in court today and had to be taken back to the cells when he became abusive. The trial has been scheduled for a 3 week block in March 2015. Meanwhile the Sensible Sentencing Trust (staunch advocates for justice and victim’s rights) got a visit, and a warning, from the NZ police.
Update 19 June. People are understandably perplexed by the accused given continuing name suppression, and the trial being delayed until next year, saying “justice delayed is justice denied“.
These comments appeared on the Trade Me forum today, there is obviously a lot of cynicism about the effectiveness of New Zealand’s criminal justice system.
Other Sex offenders released back into the community recently: A man (name redacted to ensure future fair trials and justice for his victims) now aged 26, was 18 when he was jailed for sex offending that took place in Tauranga in December 2005. Three months ago he appeared in a North Shore court and was sentenced to a further 2 months imprisonment:
1 March 2014
He appeared in the North Shore District Court last month charged with the first breach for hosting a visitor overnight at his Parole Board-approved accommodation and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.
He has a scheduled hearing this month for the second breach for visiting a park, “where children were likely to congregate”… source
Blesilda, who was of a diminutive stature, was snatched off the street as she walked home from a Birkdale bus stop on Saturday evening.
“A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco after a woman’s body was found in an Auckland cemetery.
He is expected to appear in the North Shore District Court either late this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
Police have also confirmed the body of a woman has been found in a bush area of the Eskdale Cemetery…” more here
Our thoughts are with Mrs Gotingco’s family and friends at this awful time. Blessie’s murder has remarkable similarities to the killing of Anne Elizabeth McCullough who was deliberately run over by a car driven by Matthew Kinghorn
On video link from Auckland, Justice Paul Heath said the Crown alleged that the murder took place in the course of another serious offence, namely a sexual offence.
It was committed with a high level of brutality, depravity, cruelty and callousness against a victim who was particularly vulnerable because of the circumstances in which she was killed…
Sick and tired with offenders getting off lightly for their crimes? are NZ’s courts to blame? visit Judge the Judges – an initiative of the Sensible Sentencing Trust.
Murders by Parolees
This dreadful murder comes a month after another woman was raped and murdered by a parolee, who then went on to attack two young tourists leaving them for dead on the side of the road. Young Amy Farrall (below) fell victim to Aaron Rhys McDonald, 38, who’d been released from prison just six months before he ended her life.
Amy’s killer had been jailed twice before – one of them for beating Ethel Kyte (below) on Christmas Day
According to data complied by New Zealand’s Sensible Sentencing Trust, 43% of prisoners released on parole in NZ are re convicted within 24 months. Furthermore, bail is granted for 81% of charges for a violent offence.
Blessie’s Death a “National Disgrace“
The Sensible Sentencing Trust have said Blessie Gotingco’s muder was a national disgrace, and entirely preventable.
The trust’s website has published the stories of many NZ families ripped apart by violent criminals, failed by an ineffective justice system that is under-resourced and stretched past breaking point. It is a system biased towards the offender, with little regard for victims.
Tight knit community
It is strange today to hear the NZ press talk talk-up the “tight-knit community of Birkdale.” It wasn’t that tight on Saturday evening when not one single person responded to Blesilda’s terrified screams.
A neighbour reported hearing frightened screams around 8pm followed by “the loud sound of a low slung car roaring off.” However, she did nothing and did not make a report to the police until an investigation into Mrs Gotingco’s disappearance had began.
Blesilda’s death is another reminder of just how unsafe and heartless New Zealand has become, and how many violent and dangerous offenders are out of prison wandering the streets.
Other male attacks female crime in Birkdale
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