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Man in court for killing 5 year old Sahara Jayde Baker-Koro.

Kerry Ratana

Kerry Ratana, 24,  has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of Sahara Jayde Baker-Koro, aged 5 years old, which happened on December 21 last year. Just three months earlier the same man appeared in court before Judge John Clapham to be sentenced on minor charges, including disorderly behavior, and was convicted and discharged (No jail time or any other penalty).

Full article here:

Judge Clapham asked Ratana’s partner, who was in the public gallery, to tell Ratana what they needed him to do so they could have a good life with their two-year-old son. Ratana reportedly cried as his partner looked at him and said she wanted him to change.

“I’m trying to get you to see we are better off in our life away from here. Whanganui is no good for you, you need to get away from here, from the people you know here. We have moved away to have a proper life with our son,” she said.

“You can do it, I know you can. Please do it for us.” Ratana wiped his eyes and said: “Yeah, I’ll do it.”

Judge Clapham told Ratana to get on with it and put his best foot forward. He then convicted and discharged him without penalty. “I want you to write to me in 12 months and tell me how wonderful your life is,” Judge Clapham said.

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