Tony Douglas Robertson
Sentenced to 8 years with a 5 year 4 month non-parolein October 2006
Unsuccessfully appealed the conviction in August 2008
Released December 2013, was then subject to a 10 year supervision order
Had already breached his conditions, due for sentencing August 2014
The Crown said Robertson deliberately ran Blessie down with his car, threw her in his car, drove to his nearby home in an apartment complex where he raped her, slit her throat and then stabbed her to death. Blessie's body was then dumped at a cemetery.
Further background from a Stuff article
The abducted girl, whose video evidence was played and who was cross-examined using closed circuit television so she did not have to appear in the courtroom, said: "When I was walking to school someone stole me." Robertson enticed her into his car with the promise of a Christmas present as she was on her way to Tauranga's Maungatapu School. Her seven-year-old brother also tried to get into the vehicle but Robertson refused to let him.
The boy carried on to school and told a teacher, who alerted police. The court heard how local knowledge led Sergeant Dave Thompson to Kaiate Falls in a rural area near Welcome Bay and a 15 minute drive from Maungatapu. He found Robertson there in a parked car leaning over the distressed child in the passenger seat. The accused said he had found the little girl on the side of the road and had been taking her to school when his car had "boiled" and stopped. He claimed to know her mother and brother but gave the sergeant an incorrect surname which the five-year-old quickly disputed. Robertson was unable to explain how the girl's boxer shorts came to be on the back seat of the car.
He denied he had touched her, saying he would take a lie detector test and telling a detective: "Bro, I ain't like that. I've got a missus, I've got a baby." The day before the kidnapping, he had tried to abduct a boy, 7, and a girl, 6, telling them their mother had Christmas presents for them. He would not answer when the youngsters asked him their mother's name and drove off when an older child alerted an adult. Told the children had described him and his car, he said: "Maybe I've got a twin brother that drives the same car as mine." During the trial, Robertson accused police of lying, manipulating child witnesses and tampering with evidence.
Date of Birth
28 February 1987
Additional Photos & Files
Associated Media Links Tony Douglas Robertson Appeal Notes - Feb 2016
Tony Douglas Robertson Sentencing Notes - Aug 2015
Tony Douglas Robertson Sentencing Notes - Oct 2006
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