The stepgrandfather of 13-year-old murderer Jordan Nelson has
criticised Child, Youth and Family, saying it failed to
provide the teen with appropriate counselling and support.
Kerry Lock told Radio New Zealand this morning that Nelson,
who he considers as his grandson, missed out on support when
he moved in with Mr Lock and his partner of three years,
Nelson was yesterday jailed for 18 years for murdering
50-year-old Ms Kurth, who was his caregiver, at her home near
New Plymouth in April.
The teenager allegedly claimed he was upset at Ms Kurth for
not allowing him to see his mother, a claim that wasn't true,
Mr Lock said.
Nelson will serve at least six years before he is eligible
for parole, but Mr Lock told RNZ he would oppose any bid for
The decision was made for the teenager to live with Mr Lock
and Ms Kurth was made in October last year.
Mr Lock said Nelson's CYF file was to be transferred from
Hawkes Bay to New Plymouth but that did not happen until
Mr Lock said CYF failed to organise the counselling the boy
In court yesterday, Mr Lock read out a victim impact
statement saying he felt his world had ended when he found Ms
"When I returned from crossing that river on that day and saw
the two bloody drag marks leading into the spare room, seeing
Rose laying on the floor ... I thought my world had ended,"
Ms Kurth's daughter, Lisa-Ann Raymond told Nelson she had not
been able to grieve.
"Nor listen to what you did to my mum on that day. I've heard
it once and it's a sickening pain."
Justice Paul Heath said Nelson's mother had a restraining
order protecting her and Jordan against the boy's father and
the teen had suffered exposure to domestic violence.