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Anthony Lawrence Roma will kill again.

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have no doubt that we will soon be seeing this name in the news again soon, as we read about the violent death of another innocent child.

Anthony Lawrence Roma, 45, who was jailed for life after breaking into a Napier home and murdering 7-year-old Simon Reaney in 1991, was released on parole last December 14th.

‘Kill a Pakeha’ murderer released (Pakeha is a derogatory term used by Maori when referring to white skinned people).

A man who bashed to death a seven-year-old boy, believing he had to “kill a Pakeha” during a drug-induced psychotic episode, has been released on parole. Anthony Lawrence Roma, 45, was jailed for life after breaking into a Napier home and murdering Simon Reaney in 1991.

He bludgeoned Simon to death with a car jack before trying to kill his father and then his 11-year-old brother, who was put on life support for two weeks. Roma was at the time suffering a drug- and alcohol-induced psychotic episode during which he said voices had told him to “kill a Pakeha”.

He told a psychiatrist he believed he was a Maori warrior and had to kill, but an insanity plea was rejected at trial. Roma was released on parole in 2003, but was recalled to prison the following year for breaching his parole conditions by committing an indecent act in a Manukau shopping mall.

The Parole Board last month granted his second release from prison, saying he he had made “huge changes in his life” since he was recalled. While his crime was appalling and the Reaneys remained devastated by their tragic loss, Roma had credibly expressed remorse for what he had done, said the board.

“He has an insight into his own offending and behaviour and an openness about him which was never previously the case,” it said. Roma has recently been housed in a self-care unit, and has been allowed on several home leave stints and escorted shopping trips. He has also been participating in a release-to-work scheme.

Roma was assessed as a medium to high risk of sexual reoffending, and medium risk of other offending, but the board said the risk was offset by an “excellent release proposal” which would see him living at the home of a firm ex-military man he had known since childhood.

The ex-serviceman’s family, however, was less than convinced. In a subsequent decision released this month, the Parole Board noted some family members had expressed concern that Roma would be around for a family wedding.

After finding out details of his offending, the family members were worried Roma would be around children and alcohol at the celebrations. The board revoked its previous decision, which would have seen Roma released on November 23, and set a new release date after the wedding.

Roma was released on December 14, with conditions including he never consume alcohol or illicit drugs for the rest of his life, and that he observe a 10pm to 6am curfew. He must also attend alcohol and drug counselling and psychological assessment and treatment as directed.

Sensible Sentencing NZ/Anthony Lawrence Roma

 

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  1. Jude Humphrey
    April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    AGENDA OF DISCUSSIONBETWEEN AWHI TAMARIKI SUPPORT

    AND CHILD, YOUTH AND FAMILY

    DISCUSSION TOPICS COMPILED BY AWHI TAMARIKI SUPPORT PERSONS ; JUDE HUMPHREY PICTON

    Our aim of these discussions are to address issues that will go on to strengthen relationships between caregivers and Child,Youth and Family. We are not intending to dwell on deficiencies or past problems with our own experiences and that of other caregivers. But rather to focus on positive ways of creating a team that has one goal and that is to provide the best care and protection for our tamariki.

    We use the term caregiver to refer to both whanau and non-whanau carers, permanent and emergency care, respite and short term care.

    Our intention is to make this an agenda of ideas and suggestions to work together with, but it will no doubt take on many forms and include different areas with Child, youth and Family and different teams.

    We thank you for this opportunity and your ongoing support and look forward to building a better and lasting relationship as we move forward to be leaders in positive change and outcomes in this important role we all have in the wellbeing of our children.

    FOR DISCUSSION.

    Our key issues;

    VALUE; A better relationship between social workers and caregivers, we need to be given much more value.
    That specifically includes acknowledgement of the role we play with the child in our care. The understanding that often we have a unique knowledge of that child, their behaviours, health issues, emotions, and any number of day to day complexities. We after all are their parents while they are in our care. Therefore more value needs to be placed on the fact that the caregiver should be asked for advice, opinions and thoughts as to what issues may effect the child in care. Until now very little emphasis has been placed on the value of a caregivers knowledge of the child and little invitation to conversation on plans for the child. Caregivers are an excellent source of information for social workers regarding the children in their care.

    TRANSPERANCY; A relationship of trust is important, this trust needs to be established from early onset of placement between the caregiver and social worker.
    Therefore a transperancy of information should be of priority by social workers. Social workers and cyfs staff must have value in the caregivers ability to maintain confidentiality and the same in reverse to build this relationship of trust. It has become obvious that some caregivers and social workers work better together than others, if and when possible working with those you have built good relationships with would be ideal. If this is not possible then good communication between cyfs staff who have knowledge of the caregiver and ways for a social worker to build trust with that caregiver could be initiated.

    RESPECT; Of course this is built from many positives of a relationship and will build over a period of time as confidence and positive outcomes between caregivers and social workers is attained. Of course there will always be personalities that will not work well together and this needs to be considered by senior staff seriously especially if problems between caregivers and social workers arise and are ongoing. From experience a relationship between caregivers and social workers that is built on Value, Trust, Transperency and Respect is great. Together a team is established that has one focus only and that is to ensure the absolute well being of the child in care. Once this happens all that carries on to be done from this relationship is seen to be done in the most caring and nuturing way.

    FOR DISCUSSION AT MANAGEMENT LEVEL:

    M; TRAINING; Training to be improved and increased for caregivers both whanau and non whanau, specialist training for whanau and permanent care caregivers in areas of family relationships, child behavioural issues, syndromes etc. Legal definitions and care orders and processes need to be taught. Training should be compulsory for all caregivers and for active care to be maintained a minimum of 3 training workshops a year. Better training to cover a broader field of day to day care, including first aid, common health and mental problems and a understanding of support and services available to caregivers given priority. Training for these areas can be facilitated by many local organizations within our own communities who currently work independently but by bringing them in to train our caregivers the knowledge of other service and support providers becomes known. We would like to see our training become more thorough and through this the value of our commitment and expertise will be more valued by all within our community and team.

    M; SUPPORT PERSONS; Whanau and permanent, Home for life care caregivers require specific support services/persons. It is seen this role will be taken over by Open Home Fountation or other service providers. We would suggest also for this role and for the support of other forms of care caregivers that the role of Care giver social worker be supported better. This is not considered to be a part-time role. There is no point in needing a Caregiver support person if it is their day off, and it may be a better option for the CSW to be supported in her role by a Caregiver Support Person with experience as a caregiver. To be frank it is often easier to confide and understand another support person who has had hands on experience in caregiving but who is also not seen as being a social worker. A caregiver support person can easily work between caregiver social workers and crisis social workers and caregivers to ensure for all to be seen as a trusted and credible advocate for them. There is a lot of room for improvement in this support role, there have been huge gaps in support of our caregivers and this has proven to be detrimental to the ongoing desire for caregivers to continue caring and ultimately a collapse in relationships between cyfs and carers. Of course this also reflects back to the introduction mentioned of Value, Trust and Respect.

    M: HOME FOR LIFE AND PERMANENT CARE;
    It is of concern to all that the success of Home for Life and Permanent Care for our children be of top priority and therefore teams within other service providers will be employed to support and monitor these placements. We believe that this needs to be an area of care that will need all service and care providers within the community on board. It should never be allowed to become an area of low priority in our systems. We believe that for the success of these placements and the wellbeing of our children vigilance will be long term and ongoing.

    M;Caregiver social workers and social workers;
    Caregiver Social workers and all social workers; must be able to be reviewed regularly, they should be good at advocacy, mediation, communication, explanation, resolution and confidentiality. Their review needs to be monitored by active caregivers, this is far too important a relationship and role that our children in care rely on for it not to be considered of uptmost importance. Caregivers must also continue to undertake ongoing reviews this is also important.

    DISCUSSION WITH CHILD, YOUTH AND FAMILY MANAGERS AND TEAM;

    T;NEWSLETTERS;
    Regular newsletters sent out from CSW to all caregivers whether active or taking time off. Updates of upcoming training, Staff changes, social events and any other community information of relevance. Keeping all caregivers informed and involved as part of the team.
    Also a regular email from Social workers to caregivers of children in care, a brief outline of any upcoming court hearings, access changes or updates, or any relevant information pertaining to the child and or caregiver. This will help create on going relationships and a feeling of team building especially by our caregivers, to help feel we are of value. There are times while you have a child in your care where weeks can go by with no contact from your social worker and also it will help lessen work loads for all concerned to avoid playing phone tag to get updated information or advice. Of course this all leads on to less stress and happier caregivers and social workers and receptionists. This role could be taken on by a caregiver social worker working alongside social workers if possible.

    T; CHILDREN ,MOVING INTO CARE;
    The backpacks that have been supplied by a Christchurch woman for all children moving into care for the first time or for a new placement have been offered to our Blenheim Office free of charge. These will include by her an age appropriate range of items, including underwear, toiletries and a toy. We would like to see also a clear file included, in this will be Support contact details both of Cyfs staff but also other support providers including, public Health nurses, Doctors, Awhi Tamariki Support Group, and any other important contacts. We would also like to see the Book supplied through Fostering Kids NZ titled; Finding the Right Spot. A good resource for caregivers and foster children to share. As well as Care Plans, Childrens Charter and paper for Diary Notes for caregivers to encourage noting down of any concerns or observations.

    T; PLACEMENT PAYMENT;
    Until now if a child is placed into our care any necessities including medications, special food and other immediate costs have had to go through an approval process. This makes it financially difficult for some caregivers if they find they need to urgently get in necessities. Personally I have had to buy nappies, bottles, milk powder etc at short notice or even have to store them at my home even though they may date expire. Where possible and however it is to be worked out we would like to propose a Placement payment plan. Where an advance on the Board Payment be made immediately at the time of placement or as a one off payment to be renewed after each placement of $50 this would allow caregivers to have a certain amount of medicines or basic clothing or other items at home if needed in emergency. At no time should caregivers be required to use their own finances to provide for children placed in their care.
    We would greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions from Cyf staff as to ways we can encourage our caregivers to support positive changes.

    We are aware as this process continues that new topics of discussion will arise from all and hope that the opportunity to carry on with discussing ways of working together will always be of priority to all concerned.

    WE WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. WE KNOW THAT OUR COMMON GOAL IS THE WELL BEING, NUTURE AND PROTECTION OF THOSE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY AT RISK. THIS IS THE REASON WE HAVE ALL COME TOGETHER, TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE THE OPTIMAL CHANCE OF THAT SAFETY AND PROTECTION AND NUTURE THAT IS THEIR BIRTH RIGHT.
    Kind Regards,
    Jude Humphrey Picton. 021 2982140

    PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE POSTED THIS HERE AS A INSIGHT TO ALL NEW ZEALANDERS WHO CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO RALLY TOGETHER AND MAKE THOSE IN POWER SIT UP AND LISTEN…SINCE THIS MEETING WHICH WAS VERY POSTIVE, NOT ALOT HAS HAPPENED, OH WHAT A SUPRISE, I AM NOT SURE IF IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE EITHER THAT THERE IS A LOT GOING ON WITHIN CYFS AND OTHER CARE PROVIDERS TO KEEP CHILDREN WITH FAMILY/WHANAU, HEY THATS GREAT IF THE CHILDS SAFETY IS 100% GUARANTEED BUT I AND MANY OTHERS HAVE AN AWLFUL FEELING THAT THE FAMILY IS COMING FIRST AND NOT THE CHILD AS IS POLICY…. WE CANNOT HELP BUT BE VERY AFRAID THAT CATASTROPHE IS ABOUT TO OCCUR AS WE LEAVE THESE CHILDREN IN AT RISK ENVIROMENTS, THE CARE PROVIDERS OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE BECOME SO BLINKERED BY THE PC PHILOSOPHY OF KEEPING KIDS WITH THEIR FAMILY….. THEY ARE NOT SEEING WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILD.

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