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Blessie's family disappointed by report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/05/2016

The family of murdered Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco maintain it was the ineptitude of Corrections that ultimately led to her killing.

That's despite the fact an independent report into the monitoring of Tony Douglas Robertson, who was last year convicted of Mrs Gotingco's 2014 rape and murder, has cleared both Corrections and police of any major failings.

"My family and I are both disappointed and devastated by the inquiry's findings," Mrs Gotingco's husband Antonio told a media conference in Auckland.

"Having reviewed the report and all the evidence at trial, we remain firmly of the view that the Department of Corrections' ineptitude enabled the evil killer to take our Blessie.

"It is glaringly obvious to us and the wider public that they do not have the capability to manage these high risk sex offenders, in fact I think the offenders manage them."

Robertson was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 24-year minimum non-parole period for murdering Mrs Gotingco and also given preventive detention with a 10-year minimum non-parole period for her rape.

When he killed Mrs Gotingco, Robertson was still subject to strict monitoring and conditions following his release from prison after serving his full eight-year sentence for molesting and abducting a five-year-old girl.

In his report, inquiry head Mel Smith said police and Corrections carried out the difficult task of managing Robertson while he was in prison, and after he was released, well.

"All in all, this is a story of tragic loss," he said.

The government has accepted all 27 recommendations made in the report.

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