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treat­ment from the po­lice, and says he never got to tell his side of the story.

He says his fam­ily have been hounded by the Brazil­ian press.

‘‘I was ex­ploited, my fam­ily was ex­ploited by a sen­sa­tion­al­ist press that didn’t have ethics, even in here, in prison, we have ethics that we fol­low.’’

Tavares’ fam­ily were con­tacted for this ar­ti­cle but would not com­ment, ex­cept to say that he was treated like a ‘‘psy­chopath’’.

They have main­tained he was un­fairly treated and that of the As an out­stand­ing sailor, he had brought great hon­our and fame to New Zealand. His death was un­think­able’’.

Pro­vid­ing there are no more es­cape at­tempts, Tavares is due for re­lease in 2023 and wants to go back to study­ing. He plans to live with his fam­ily – he has a 14-yearold daugh­ter and re­grets miss­ing such a huge part of her life.

He has be­gun writ­ing al­ready, in or­der to tell his side of the story, and says he wants to pub­lish it when he is re­leased. ‘‘It will have a lot to re­veal,’’ he says.

Sir Peter Blake’s for­mer crew­mates were his pall­bear­ers as he was buried at War­bling­ton on the south coast of Eng­land, above. Of the seven men, left, who boarded his boat only Ri­cardo Tavares, fifth from left, re­mains in cus­tody.

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