Anthony Lawrence Roma
Was on the run for a week before he was found in a paddock in Central Hawkes Bay.
Walked into the home of a complete stranger, stripped off his clothes and smashed two sleeping boys with a car jack. One subsequently died in hospital. Roma has also pleaded not guilty to setting fire to his own flat, unlawfully taking a car and two charges of burglary.
Tougher mandatory sentencing is need for child killers like Roma and for Life to mean Life with no chance of parole ever. We believe Roma should never have been released into society again.
NZ Herald storyhereon his being paroled
NZ Herald story 18th February 2002
A sentencing campaigner cannot understand why any kind of parole is being considered for a man who bashed a sleeping boy to death in Napier in 1991. Anthony Roma, who killed 11-year-old Simon Reaney, is to be granted day parole and home leave. In December, the Parole Board decided to allow the limited leave and said full parole could be considered next December after a release plan had been prepared. Sensible Sentencing Trust national spokesman Garth McVicar said he could not understand why leave was being considered.
"Our initial reaction to a guy like Roma committing that sort of offence is that they've crossed the line and should never be considered for parole," he told the Sunday Star-Times. Roma, 25 when convicted and sentenced to life for killing Simon, had also tried to kill Simon's 11-year-old brother Michael and father Stephen. The jury that heard Roma's case had rejected an insanity plea by his defence, but he was committed as a psychiatric patient to Lake Alice Hospital, where he was found to suffer from schizophrenia. This diagnosis is now in doubt and it is thought he may be suffering from depression instead.
The Reaney family were told of the leave in a letter from Parole Board chairman Justice Richard Heron, who said Roma had undergone psychiatric and psychological programmes and had been drug-free for five years. Stephen Reaney said that even if Roma had been rehabilitated, "my view is he shouldn't be released at all. Once you commit a crime like that you forfeit the right to live in society." Family and Friends of Murder Victims spokeswoman Debbie Francis said she supported the Reaney family very strongly. "It's this sort of thing we've been fighting for the last 10 years."
Date of Birth
On April 14th 1991, broke into a house in Napier Hill and killed a seven year old boy Simon Reaney as he was sleeping
Also tried to kill his brother Micheal
Breached his parole conditions upon release in 2004, arrested on a charge of committing an indecent act in front of a group of children at a mall
Was sentenced to life in October 1991
Released late 2003, was recalled as he was grossly in breach of his parole conditions
See Press Release here
Parole declined August 2010
Reparoled November 2011
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