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Roy III lists of ways
he could commit
suicide in the weeks before he took his
own life, a court heard yesterday.
Carter, then 17, told Roy, 18, in text
messages that he could break his neck by
hanging, stab himself, or use a generator
to gas himself, the court heard.
She also became angry at him for
“putting off ” suicide for too long, telling
him, “You just need to do it!”
The court also heard from Roy himself
in the form of a pair of video diaries in
which he talks about trying to overcome
his depression, social anxiety and feelings
In one moving moment, he says he is
scared that he “will never be successful,
will never have a wife, never have kids,
Roy was found dead in his pickup truck
in a store parking lot in Fairhaven in July
2014; Carter, now 20, faces a charge of
The pair communicated through texts
and phone calls, and rarely saw each
other in person even though they lived
just 55km apart.
In one message before his death, Roy
texted Carter that “I keep regretting the
past it’s getting me upset ”, her response
was: “ Take your life?”
In another, she wrote: “Hang yourself,
jump off a building, stab yourself like
there’s a lot of ways.”
As the days got closer to Roy ’s death,
Carter’s tone began to change as she
seemingly became annoyed that he had
not killed himself.
When he offers up reasons not to
commit suicide, she appears to encourage
him to give in and take his life.
At one point Roy wrote: “Like no I
would be happy if they had no guilt about
it. Because I have a bad feeling that this
is going to create a lot of depression
between my parents/sisters.”
She replied: “Everyone will be sad for a
while, but they will get over it and move
on. They won’t be in depression I won’t let
“They know how sad you are and they
know that you’re doing this to be happy,
and I think they will understand and
accept it. They ’ll always carry u in their
In the final days before his death, Carter
repeatedly admonished him for not going
through with suicide attempts.
In one message she says: “ The time is
right and you’re ready, you just need to do
it! You can’t keep living this way.
“ You just need to do it like you did last
time and not think about it and just do it
babe. You can’t keep doing this every day.”
The prosecution also played two videos
found on Roy ’s computer he had made
about a month before his death in which
he explained his inner turmoil.
In one, he says he is trying to think
positively, watch more films and build his
vocabulary to fit in.
However, he says, he is a “minuscule
particle on the face of this Earth that ’s no
good, trash, will never be successful, will
never have a wife, never have kids, never
“But I have a lot to offer someone. I’m
introverted, nice and caring — that ’s
some benefits. I’m a nice kid. But it
comes to a point where I’m too nice.”
In another, he talks more positively
about his “social anxiety ” and how he has
learned not to believe that people are
watching him and judging him.
own skin” but is hoping to stop “weeping
and crying over things that are in the
“It’s going to be hard to accomplish
this but I have to, for my own personal
growth, accomplish this sense of self-
He adds: “I do have a lot going for
me, like I’m a f***ing captain — I just
got a job from the Boston D uck Tours
to captain their boat — that ’s a huge
Sergeant Michael Bates, who reviewed
thousands of text messages between
Carter and Roy, said under cross-
examination that there were also texts in
which Carter had tried to help Roy.
The prosecution rested yesterday after
the troopers and the pathologist who
conducted the autopsy on Roy ’s body
The pathologist, State medical examiner
Dr Faryl Sandler, said it would have
taken up to 20 minutes for Roy to die
after the carbon monoxide fumes began
entering his truck.
She said it would take 13 minutes for
someone to fall unconscious — backing
up the prosecution’s claim that Carter
had plenty of time to persuade Roy to get
out of the truck or to alert his family and
Sandler also testified that Roy had no
alcohol or illicit drugs in his system, just
lethal amounts of carbon monoxide and
Under cross-examination by Carter’s
attorney, however, Sandler acknowledged
that she listed suicide as the cause of
death on Roy ’s death certificate.
Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, says
that no crime was committed by his
He says Roy had a history of depression,
had previously attempted suicide and was
entirely responsible for his own death.
He says Carter’s texts are protected free
The case is being heard without a jury.
Cataldo indicated that he planned to
make the standard move of asking the
judge to grant a not guilty verdict on
If that motion is rejected, the defence
plans to start presenting witnesses.
— New Zealand Herald
4 - Saturday, June 10, 2017
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past. ” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus
Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought
to lay down our lives for our brothers and
sisters. ” — (1 John 3:16).
Albert ( Jerry)
Panther was a good
worker but he was
never one of the
hand-picked ‘royals’ favoured by the company
foremen and picked to work that day while
others were left to go home penniless. In the
world of the waterfront which has echoed with
ugly words ‘scab’ and ‘lockout ’ and ‘blackleg’,
Jerry Panther has steered the craft that is the
Greymouth Waterside Workers’ Union into the
calm waters of industrial harmony.
He would be the last to claim he was a lone
pilot, but it is indicative enough that in his 41
years on the wharf the port’s labour relations
have improved to the point where they are now
the envy of the country. Ten days ago he retired
from active waterfront work but he is still at
his desk as secretary of the union that has seen
some troubled times.
“ Unless something is done about Kapuni gas”
Mr Panther believes the whar ves that have
been his life will suffer another crushing blow.
Whoever slips into his shoes will have the
benefit of this shrewd little Londoner’s lifetime
of ser vice.
Queen bee of Westport is Mrs Grace Farrell,
and as reward for her 27 years’ work for the
borough of Westport Mrs Farrell has been
made a Member of the British Empire in the
Queen’s Birthday honours.
The quiet Mrs Farrell has built up a fine
record of local body and community ser vice
over the years, but in her own mind this is
headed by three very proud firsts. She is the
first and only Westport woman to be a borough
councillor; the instigator of playcentres in
Westport, and the founder of Westport’s own
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As Israeli columnist
Gideon Levy wrote
recently in the daily
Haaretz: “In retrospect,
it should be called the
50-Year War, not the
Six-Day War. Judging by
the political situation, its
life expectancy appears
Thisweek(June5 to 10)is the50th
anniversary of the brief war in 1967 that
added the Old City of Jerusalem, the
West Bank, the Golan Heights and the
Gaza Strip to the Israeli State, increasing
the area ruled by Israel by one-third and
the population under its control by more
than a third. But the problem was and
remains that all that new population was
Arabs. Palestinians, to be precise.
No Israeli Jew actually wanted all those
extra Arabs, but it turned out that quite
a few of them did want the extra land.
They had not thought about it much
before 1967, because ever since the
Independence War in 1948 Israelis had
seen themselves as a small, beleaguered
people at constant risk of being “driven
into the sea” by the Arabs. But now they
knew that they were strong enough to
keep the land if they wanted to.
The Arab armies were poorly trained and
badly led, and they served governments
so incompetent that, despite an overall
10-to-one Arab superiority in population,
Israeli troops actually outnumbered
Arab soldiers on the battlefield in 1967
(and in every subsequent war). Israel
emerged from the Six-Day War as the
dwarf superpower of the Middle East,
unbeatable by any combination of Arab
States. And the Arabs knew it.
That was an intoxicating notion for
Israelis, and the new territories actually
added to their security by giving them
some “strategic depth”. (Before they
captured the West Bank, Israel was
only 14km wide at its narrowest point).
Moreover, the West Bank had been part
of historic Israel 2000 years ago, and
many Israelis saw it as land sacred to the
Israel also conquered the entire Sinai
peninsula, twice the size of all the other
Israeli-ruled areas old and new, but Sinai
had never been part of historic Israel; it
had been Egyptian for 5000 years. It was
also mostly empty desert, and within 12
years Israel had given it all back to Egypt
in return for a peace treaty.
There were many in Israel — they
were even the majority at various points
between 1975 and 1995 — who wanted
to make peace with the country ’s other
Arab neighbours by giving them back the
rest of the conquered territories. But most
of those lands had been part of historic
Israel, and returning them to Arab
control would bring back the dangerously
close old borders as well.
So Jews started settling throughout the
conquered lands with tacit and later open
government support, to the utter dismay
of the Palestinians who saw their future
state disappearing before their eyes, and
the 50-Year War began. It has mostly
been a fairly low-key event, with only
dozens or hundreds killed each year, but
it is unrivalled in its ability to stymie all
attempts at a peaceful settlement.
Only three months after the 1967 war
ended Amos Oz, later to become one of
Israel’s most celebrated writers, wrote:
“ We are condemned now to rule people
who do not want to be ruled by us. I have
fears about the kind of seeds we will sow
in the near future in the hearts of the
occupied. Even more, I have fears about
the seed that will be planted in the hearts
of the occupiers.”
How right he was. The newspaper
he wrote that in, Davar, died long ago.
The Labour Party it supported, which
dominated Israeli politics for the first
three decades after independence, is now
a mere shadow of its former self. Instead,
the political high ground is held by ultra-
nationalist, hard-right parties that are in
thrall to the half-million-strong Jewish
“settler” population in the occupied
Most Israelis want to keep these lands,
including some extremists who would
kill or die to keep them (like Yigal
Amir, who in 1995 murdered Yitzhak
Rabin, the last Israeli prime minister to
enter into serious negotiations with the
No Israelis want to include the
Palestinians in these territories into Israel
as citizens. If they ever did, half the voters
in the next election would be Arabs,
and Israel would no longer be a “Jewish
State”. But they can not get rid of those
Palestinians either without committing a
So they are stuck, and Israeli politics
has been paralysed for the past 20 years.
The man who has led Israel for more than
half that time, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, epitomises that paralysis. He
says he wants peace, and no doubt he
really does — but he also wants to keep
the land, or at least most of it, and his
coalition government would collapse
if he ever seriously considered giving it
The great majority of Jewish Israelis,
living in “old ” Israel within the pre-1967
borders, rarely focus on this question,
but they would be just as divided and
paralysed if they ever had to answer it.
This is not the end of the 50-Year War. It
may just be the mid-point in the 100-
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The Six-Day War should be the 50-Year War
Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops following a protest against the blockade on Gaza.
Okay, I admit it. I am a land lubber.
Please do not misunderstand me, I love
the sea. I love the sea breeze. I love the
sunsets and storms. I love the sight and
sound of crashing surf. I love it all. I love
it all, that is, as long as my feet are firmly
planted on terra firma.
It was not always like this. In my youth
I dreamed of living on a sailboat and
even considered a career in the navy. But
the summer after high school changed
everything when I discovered that I
was prone to sea sickness; a discovery
confirmed several times since. Needless to
say, the desire to live and work on the sea
capsized and sank. However, I still like to
live the dream vicariously through others
which is perhaps why I so enjoy watching
the America’s Cup every four years.
Perhaps you, too, have been thrilled to
watch the teams over the past two weeks
catch even the lightest of winds and tear
down the course at 2-4 times the speed
of the wind. I can not help but make
connections between sailing and life as
a Christian as I have been watching the
The Bible often uses words such as
“ breath” and “wind” to describe the life-
giving Holy Spirit of God. God breathes
life into the first man and he becomes
a living soul; the prophet Ezekiel had a
vision of Israel as a valley of dry bones
that came to life again when the wind of
the living breath of God blew into them;
after Jesus’ death and resurrection, He
breathes on His close friends and says,
“ Receive the Holy Spirit ”; after Jesus
ascends to Heaven the Holy Spirit comes
in a dynamic way to the early disciples and
there was a sound like a mighty rushing
Wind, breath, life.
Without the wind, a sailboat is dead in
Without the breath of the Holy Spirit in
our lives, we may exist, but we do not have
the quality of life that God intends for us
to enjoy. Jesus said, “I have come that you
might have life and live to the full.”
On Wednesday, the America’s Cup
sailors and boats took a beating in the
high winds. Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper
of the British team, was asked if it was
fun sailing in such high winds. He
answered, “I wouldn’t say it is fun, but it is
I do not know about you, but I want to
experience the exhilaration of life that is
filled with the breath of God’s Holy Spirit.
May we have the courage to set our sails to
be filled with the wind of God.
Reverend Marge Tefft
Greymouth and Kumara
Catching the wind
Did she encourage suicide?
Conrad Roy III
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