27 Dec 2011

Killer of 7-year-old released from prison

8:04 am on 27 December 2011

A man who fatally bashed a sleeping boy, believing voices had told him to "kill a Pakeha", has again been released from prison.

In 1991, Anthony Roma broke into a Napier house and attacked seven-year-old Simon Reaney with a metal axle stand.

Roma was freed in 2003, but reoffended and was back in jail the next year.

The Parole Board says he has since made huge changes, has an insight into his offending and a new openness about him.

The Board says the 45-year-old can also now express his remorse in a credible way.

However Roma is still deemed to pose a medium-to-high risk of sexual reoffending and a medium risk of other offending.

Radio New Zealand News has learned he left prison in November, and is subject to several conditions, including an overnight curfew.

His father, Steve Reaney, declined to comment on the release.