Raumati Parents Warned
About Double RapistFebruary 11, 2010 By Alan Tristram
The rapist, Justin Johnston, who has spent more than 15 years behind bars, is set to move into Margaret Road, Raumati, just around the corner from the Raumati Beach School, which has a roll of just under 600 primary pupils.
And he’ll be in the same road as Kapiti College, which has 1100 pupils.
He has been back in prison after breaching his release conditions, but is due for probably release on February 15.
Letters says MP’s contacted
“The School views this situation with grave concern.
“We are using the school’s ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ health programme to remind children of the importance of walking together, and not approaching strangers or their cars, etc, without causing them undue alarm”
He added: “We are in communication with Kapiti College and with local authorities to express our concerns and to ensure the children are kept safe at all times.”
“We are also contacting our local Members of Parliament to seek support.”
Principals meet police
Mr Cane said he “just cannot understand the logic” of allowing a double rapist to live near 1700 students.
“It’s just madness,” he said.
After the meeting with police, Mr Cane also said there is a police plan ‘to manage’ the situation and he is reasonably confident it can work, but “I do not know for sure.”
He added: “You do not want to have people looking over their shoulders. You do not want kids getting too fearful.”
“ A right to be here.”
“You do not want to have someone (living nearby) who appears to be a danger.
“But he has a right to be here. So I would rather the kids know the danger.”
It appears likely that parents of Kapiti College students – like the parents of Raumati Beach School — will get letters from their Principal warning them about the situation.