Slain teacher still in thoughts

South Waikato News - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

July 16, will mark ten years since Jeanette Ginns’best friend – Lois Dear – was found beaten to death in her class­room.

The 66-year old school teacher was pre­par­ing for the start of term at Strath­more Pri­mary School in Toko­roa when she was mur­dered by Whetu Te Hiko, 23, caus­ing na­tional out­rage.

Ginns said her friend, who was a mother and grand­mother at the time of her death, was al­ways in her ‘‘thoughts’’.

‘‘I know it’s ten years com­ing up and in some ways its gone re­ally fast and in other ways it hasn’t.

Whetu Te Hiko was sen­tenced to life in prison, with a min­i­mum non-pa­role pe­riod of 18 years, af­ter plead­ing guilty to her mur­der at the High Court in Ro­torua on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2007.

Ginns said it was un­be­liev­able to hear that an­other Te Hiko – Jamie- was now linked to the mur­der of Quee­nie ‘Se­lena’ Thomp­son who was killed near Ati­a­muri last month. ‘‘It sad­dens me ac­tu­ally.’’ Ginns be­came close with Dear af­ter the worked to­gether at Toko­roa Cen­tral School

The friend­ship con­tin­ued when Dear moved to work at Strath­more Pri­mary School.

‘‘I will place my flower on her lovely stone out­side the of­fice.

‘‘That’s what I do ev­ery year.’’

It’s been al­most 10 years since Lois Dear was mur­dered in Toko­roa.

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