Monday, November 15, 2010
Aaron Grimwood, shot and killed aged 17 on 15 November 2008, killer gets 4 months:
This article was published in the Wairarapa Times-Age in October 2010. Read it carefully. Note that police considered it unlikely that the gun discharged "accidentally". On 22 October 2010 the Dominion Post published a report of a very similar incident, the killer was 12, the victim was just eleven years old.
Andrew Dean Kupa Caudwell was 17 years old when he and his mates, aged 15 and 25 went on an orgy of violence, fuelled by methamphetamine, boasting to friends that they were going to look for someone to bash. The found poor, defenceless - harmless - Paul Irons, and beat him to death savagely, over many hours. The attack was planned, and utterly cruel and degrading. It was absolutely horrifying in its sheer brutality and sadism. Kupa Caudwell is the son of the local police officer, and was a regular methamphetamine user. Police are controlling the distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs in the Wairarapa, and protecting violent offenders.
The prosecution of Raven Walters for careless use of a firearm was an absolute travesty, like the prosecution of the vigilantes in South Wairarapa, ex police Vizor and Sullivan, who went out looking for a fight, armed with police issue weapons, discharged a gun and left a 13 year old with a gaping head would and then got off when police stuffed up the prosecution deliberately. In Walters' case the Judge made disturbing comments about the police case for the prosecution and the lack of "evidence" presented, serious discrepancies in the "evidence" presented to the Court and other serious irregularities that caused the Judge great concern. It was clear from the Judges comments that he was of the opinion that the shooting may well not have been an "accident" at all and may well have been deliberate. Why else would Raven Walters show absolutely no remorse whatsoever?
Aaron Phillip Grimwood's father Phil was manager of the Carterton Community Gardens, their family lived in Tubby Rose's farmhouse before I lived there. Aaron was a good boy, a nice boy, and he's sadly missed. Thinking of him today, 15 November 2010 the anniversary of his killing two years ago.
Coroner calls for gun law review: