Robin James Pitney
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From Christchurch Press story October 16th 2004
Child killer Robin Pitney has been recalled to prison for the second time in a year after allegedly breaching his parole by assaulting a woman during a drunken binge in Ashburton in July. The 28-year-old was on weekend leave from his parole residence at the Salisbury Street Foundation house in Christchurch when he went on a drunken rampage in Ashburton.
He is still facing charges after he allegedly smashed bottles, assaulted a woman with a weapon, trespassed, resisted arrest and then escaped from custody. At a Parole Board hearing yesterday Pitney was recalled to prison. Pitney was aged 15 when he murdered 11-year-old Timaru boy Leif Wulff at Caroline Bay in 1991.
Wulff was attacked while walking home about 9pm on a Friday after buying videotapes in central Timaru. He was stabbed in the back, front and hands, eventually dying on the beachfront from multiple stab wounds. Wulff's body was found by two children who thought he was asleep. Pitney, a solvent abuser and drug user at the time of the murder, was sentenced to life in prison in 1992.
He is on automatic life parole and was living at the Salisbury Street Foundation house in St Albans before being taken into custody after the Ashburton incident. The board released him for a second time in March this year. Originally paroled in 2002, he was recalled in 2003 because he posed a risk to society.
From Timaru Herald story March 4th 1998
The mother of 11-year-old murder victim Leif Wulff has reacted angrily to police predictions teenage fighting in Timaru will inevitably lead to another child's death. During sentencing of Leif's teenage attacker in 1992, the judge described the verdict as "inevitable", a word Lucy Wulff feels Timaru police should not be echoing, but acting upon pro-actively.
"Why aren't police doing more about it if they know there's young thugs out there with knives .... does another family have to lose a child before something's done?" she said yesterday in her first interview since the murder.
Leif died of multiple stab wounds on Caroline Bay in November 1991 while returning home about 9pm at night. During the jury trial of Robin Pitney, the 15-year-old accused was linked to solvent abuse. He was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in Timaru's High Court in June 1992.
"Do people want more (children) in the cemetery? They don't want to know about problems until it all blows up in their face," Mrs Wulff said. She questioned if parents really cared for their children's welfare by accepting they were congregating in large groups in town at 6.30am, as reported by police yesterday.
She acknowledged it was not solely a police problem but also a community one, when "parents were not bothered....and let kids run berserk and took no responsibility for them". Social responsibilities had been eroded by the rat race which put flash cars, new clothes and keeping up with Joneses, ahead of children's welfare, she said.
A police option should be to impose across-the-board curfews, target the activities of known troublemakers and if necessary, divert resources back to problems on the streets - rather than wait for another death, she said. More than five years after Leif's death, Mrs Wulff said there was no coming to terms with the loss of a child.
"I grieve and grieve and keep taking flowers out to the grave.......no parent should have to go through that. "For months after the stabbing I just waited for Leif to pop his head around the door and say "Hi Mum"....it took a long time to realise he would never be coming back," she said.
Date of Birth
1976 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to a mandatory 10 year
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