The Herald reports:
The man who murdered Napier schoolgirl Teresa Cormack – avoiding arrest for more than 15 years – is dying from a brain tumour in prison.
The 6-year-old’s body was found face down in a shallow grave at Whirinaki Beach near Napier eight days after she disappeared on June 19, 1987.
In October 2002 Jules Pierre Nicolas Mikus was sentenced to life in prison and preventive detention for the historic crime.
A jury also found him guilty of raping, sexually violating, and detaining Teresa against her will.
He denied the charges but after a trial in the High Court at Wellington Mikus was convicted and jailed for life.
His offending stretched over many years.
- At age 14 he raped a girl aged under 12
- At age 15 he sexually assaulted an adolescent girl
- At age 18 he indecently assaulted an adolescent girl
- At age 19 he indecently assaulted an adolescent girl
- At age 20 he got his 15 year old partner pregnant
- At age 24 he tried to rape a 14 year old girl
- At age 29 he raped and killed six year old Teresa
He will not be missed.