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.