Shooting haunts parents
Just over one year ago they, like the rest of the nation, were shocked at what was unfolding in Tokoroa. In their first interview, Bruce and Nancy Ginns, parents of Jamie who in December last year beat a woman before shooting his partner outside Tokoroa P
‘‘It has been a hard year, a really tough year,’’ Bruce said.
‘‘She (Nancy) isn’t too well. She has not been right since. She has had a couple of strokes, before that as well. But that did not help. It has knocked her about,’’ he said.
‘‘Nancy still gets mad at him and screams at him asking why he did this,’’ he added.
Jamie was cremated after his funeral service last December, his ashes sit in a white porcelain box in the lounge of the couple’s Tokoroa home.
‘‘She (Nancy) isn’t ready to let him go, he’s still in there,’’ Bruce said while glancing into the lounge from the backyard. ‘‘When she is ready we will let him go.’’
Speaking for the first time, the couple revealed how they have struggled to come to terms with their son’s actions while mourning his loss.
On December 3, 2011, a day when the community flocked to the Tokoroa Big Weekend, the father of three shot his partner, Mata Glassie, outside the Tokoroa Police Station.
The incident would also link him to a brutal assault on a young woman, who was found hog-tied in a Tokoroa driveway, the day before.
In a quiet moment Bruce lowered his head as he recalled his last words with his son.
‘‘I was at work in the bush. (It was) bloody shocking . . . What made it worse is that she (Nancy) was home alone. ‘‘(I spoke to him) that Saturday. He just rang up to say that he loved us and that he had had enough. He was talking to the wife before I got home. It was a bloody shock when I got home.’’
Bruce arrived home around 2pm.
‘‘I just told him to stay there and that I would come get him, all he said was ‘you will know where to find me’.’’
Bruce was asked if he knew what Jamie’s intentions were when he drove to the the bush area in Mamaku.
‘‘In a sense yes, but we don’t know why he went that way. The thing is we will never know why it happened. How do you prepare yourself for something like that?’
‘‘It has been tough. Even I miss him. I am used to going in the shed with him and we used to muck around in there to build things and now he isn’t there. Sometimes when I’m in the shed I think he is going to walk in.’’
The couple also expressed their gratitude towards the South Waikato community for lending its support over the last year.
‘‘Oh yes that was awesome. It is just amazing when things like that happen you get a lot of people who just turn up. Which is bloody good. We have never had any backlash from the community or anything like that. I think people realise that it could happen to them at any time, you just never know.’’
He added, ‘‘A lot of people came over and helped with everything. A lot of them were behind the scenes doing the cooking and all of that. When you need them, they just turn up out of the blue even if you haven’t seen them for years.’’
They are appreciative of the help and support extended by Tokoroa Detective Sergeant Kevan Verry.
‘‘Without him, we wouldn’t be where we are today. He would just come around and check in on us and see how we were doing,’’ Nancy said.