‘Stay strong and find help... Find it now’
A young man acquitted of murdering his abusive father following a high profile trial is now urging children stuck in violent homes to seek help.
His pleas have been backed by the police officer in charge of the case who, in a rare move, has spoken out saying the not guilty verdict was just.
The man, who has name suppression, stabbed his father to death at an Auckland address last year during an argument.
It took a High Court jury less than four hours to acquit him of both murder and manslaughter, last week finding he had acted in self defence.
Speaking exclusively to Sunday News, the young man is urging other children of abusive parents to seek help.
‘‘For those sons and daughters who were like me, stay strong. Know you are not different, you are not alone, and go and find help. Find it now. I am a worst case scenario of what can happen,’’ he says.
The young man hopes his case will remind abusive parents and partners they too need to seek help.
‘‘Go to your families and speak about your issues and get some clarity and closure. You are unnecessarily putting your pain on your kids and your partner. In the end it was a good outcome for me. But I am still a son without a dad. I have a daughter who will never know her grandfather, a mum who will never get her partner back. It should have never ended this way.’’
Throughout the trial, the court heard how the young man would often take the beatings his father was trying to inflict on his mother.
Officer in charge of the case Detective Sergeant Tom Gollan says the decision to charge the young man was complex.
Because there was a self defence element to the killing, police believed it should go to jury trial.
‘‘You have got to trust the jury will make the right decision. The jury made the correct decision on all the available evidence in front of them. It would have been a difficult trial for them to stomach.’’
Gollan fully supports the young man’s calls for others to seek help.
‘‘We have to remember that domestic abuse happens right across the board. These kinds of things can happen to anyone from any walk of life.’’ For the full interview go to stuff.co.nz