BREAKING NEWS: Murderer Raymond Ratima, who killed seven people - including three of his own children - has been denied parole.
On June 25, 1992, Ratima, then aged 25, went on a murderous rampage in Masterton, killing his sister-in-law Nicola Ferguson, Bevan Tepu, their child Stephen, Nicola's brother Phillip Ferguson junior, and his own children Piripi, Barney and Stacey.
He also killed an unborn child, deliberately stabbing the 36-week-old foetus through the abdominal wall of his mother.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment on seven charges of murder, 10 years' jail for killing an unborn child and seven years' imprisonment for attempted murder.
The Parole Board decision released today said at the last hearing he appeared to be disciplined and articulate and was "doing well".
The Board was disappointed to learn that since then, he had started taking cannabis again.
The Board declined his application for parole and gave him notice that they will consider a postponement order, which will mean he defer his ability to apply for parole for another three years.
- The Dominion Post
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