Paedophile flees from home after attack
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 6:07p.m.
By Susie Nordqvist
A sex offender has been forced to flee his central North Island home after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his window.
Darren Kihi was supposed to be making a fresh start in Turangi, but instead became a target for residents outraged that a convicted paedophile was living in their community.
Taupo area commander Steve Bullock says the attack reflects poorly on the township.
“It's disappointing from a police perspective to see that it appears that members of the Turangi community have taken the law into their own hands,” he says. “It's let the community down and it's let us down and if we do find those responsible we will hold them accountable.”
Kihi spent eight years behind bars for sex offences including the drugging and violation of young boys.
He had worked nearby for two years before Corrections placed him in Turangi last weekend to be closer to his job.
Neighbour Sarah, who did not want her last name to be used, says she is concerned for the safety of her children.
“He offended on little boys. You know me being a mother of three living right at the back of him, with three boys, having to hang their clothes on our clothesline,” she says.
Fellow Turangi resident Tania, who also did not want her last name to be used, says that his presence raises questions about how safe the town is.
“Since the experience of having him here and we are told there are three other people living anonymously, it makes me wonder if it is a safe place at all,” she says.
But Corrections says that Mr Kihi is being closely monitored to minimise any risk of his reoffending.
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29/08/2012 6:36:42 p.m.
Agree with Moeras post. House them in areas where there are no families...there is no space for them in normal community...there are enough that haven't been caught that are still in the community let alone putting the definite offenders back there too...GO TURANGI...for those concerned that the taxpayer has to now pay for the house bombing..yes unfortunate..unfortunate measures for a fearing community...next time find another way to run them out of your town..THE SYSTEM WILL NOT HELP YOU SO HELP YOUR SELVES..how many politicians with a Kihi next door to them you reckon..yea right..
26/08/2012 2:30:08 p.m.
Why was he housed so close to a family with young children... isn't that tempting fate?
He should have been housed where there wasn't children nearby... something corrections have let the community down with!
26/08/2012 12:30:44 p.m.
You are missing the point. The arson may be reprehensible, but the greater issue is public safety, and this is something that people have become increasingly concerned about since the "Best of Blenheim" problem has hit the headlines. People need to feel safe, and there are too many criminals/ex-offenders at large who can do damage in our communities.
26/08/2012 10:43:44 a.m.
No good Turangi vigilanty, does that mean we burn all pedophile's houses down that live in Turangi...? How bout the fact that us tax payers have to pay for repairs to that house...how but the fact that we have another crime committed and another family is going to miss out because there father or mother is going to prison for arson... One has to wonder.
26/08/2012 9:48:54 a.m.
There's no way that the justice system or police can promise that this paedophile wont repeat offend. If they have to parole him, why don't they house him and offenders like him on prison grounds. I think, even thou it seems unfair to the paedophile (because he has already served his time)in the respect of child safety, he shouldnt be placed in a situation where there is an easy access to children. I totally understand the worry this causes for parents and it doesn't surprise me that Kihi's house would be fire bombed and he forced to run. Steve Bullock says he's disappointed in Turangi residents....Well, what do you expect? If it was my children within a stones throw of a paedophile, I wouldn't take chances with my childrens safety. Common sense dictates....House these offenders in an area where there wont be endangerment to either children or offender....it's not rocket science.
26/08/2012 9:35:52 a.m.
"minimise" not eliminate any risk. People are not reassured by words like minimise.
26/08/2012 8:29:08 a.m.
i totally agree 3 boys next door and corrections shifted
him there. its disgusting go turangi stand up for yourself cause it doesnt look like the law is
26/08/2012 8:18:41 a.m.
Who is worst - an offender who has served his time and been released - or someone who firebombs houses.
26/08/2012 7:54:54 a.m.
Charles Eggen wrote:
Recidivism rate by young offenders is around 15%, but older men who target boys have a rate of two to three times that rate. My experience tells me that when it comes to older men, I support the "three strikes and you're out" rule. They should be locked up, permanently.
25/08/2012 11:13:55 p.m.
Being closely monitored? are they watching him 24/7?
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