Tony Robertson is a stone-cold killer and rapist who has never taken responsibility.
After he murdered Blessie Gotingco, he worked hard to avoid responsibility for doing so but the evidence was such that it must have been easy to banish “any reasonable doubt”.
When the calls for the inquiry came, the question turned. It effectively asked: “Did somebody else enable Robertson to murder and rape through inaction or incompetence?”
A Government-ordered inquiry by long-time public servant Mel Smith found “Robertson, and only Robertson, can be held responsible for what happened to Mrs Gotingco”.
Robertson did what he did and no one else need shoulder the blame. Corrections and police staff did their jobs when it came to Robertson.
In this awful case, it all comes down to a young man whose character is fundamentally deficient due to a deviant and murderous streak which sets him apart from almost everyone else.
The sad reality is that once someone has served their full sentence, you can’t stop them committing further crimes once released if they are determined.
This is one of the reasons I support three strikes – so the worst of the worst are not released once it is clear they will continue offending.
Robertson was considered for parole on four occasions. The board was confronted with an angry and violent young sex offender who refused to admit guilt in the face of overwhelming evidence. It kept him inside as long as it could. Robertson knew when he was getting out, and it wasn’t early. He told the board: “I will do my time and go out on my statutory release date in December 2013.”
And that was the target date — the point at which there was no legal way to keep Robertson in jail and away from the rest of us.
And he came out and killed almost straight away. So very very sad for the family and friends of the victim. Hopefully this time he will never be released.