The sister of Stephen Couch (picture) was bashed and left
for dead by William Bell. Photo / NZ Herald
The brother of the sole survivor of the 2001 Mt
Wellington RSA massacre says suppressing the name of the man
charged with Blessie Gotingco's murder isn't fair on the
Stephen Couch's sister Susan Couch was bashed and left for
dead by William Bell after he murdered William Absolum, Mary
Hobson, and Wayne Johnson.
Bell was under Corrections supervision at the time and had
gone into the RSA to steal $12,000. He had been released from
prison after serving five years for aggravated robbery on
conditions being monitored by Corrections, through the
Mr Couch was speaking out after learning the man accused of
murdering her was known to authorities.
"People don't feel safe when these sorts of things happen and
here we are again, and I don't know who the guy is behind
this one, but we're seeing the same thing again, we're seeing
a wall being put up so we can't see who this person is.
"We can't see what's going on.
"I didn't ask who it was, I don't want to know... and I think
it's time that the courts and the Government caught up with
the fact that this should be about public safety, not about
one individual's supposed rights.
"Officially, we can't find out what his background is, we
can't find out where the system's gone wrong because it does
look, at this stage of the game, like there's been another
system failure," Mr Couch said."
Mr Couch said he lived close to the house where the man
arrested over Blessie's murder was living and said he was
concerned for the welfare of his stepdaughter while walking
"You should be able to feel to safe in your neighbourhood,
and the next thing something like this happens."