Liam Reid has today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a 26-year minimum parole period for the murder of deaf Christchurch woman Emma Agnew. In addition, Reid has been sentenced to preventive detention for raping Miss Agnew, and another attack nine days later where he left a woman in Dunedin for dead after raping her. Stuff carries the details, but don't follow the link if you have a weak constitution - it's not pleasant reading. However Reid's lack of remorse during sentencing is decscribed here:
Liam James Reid – described by the judge as "an evil and dangerous predator" – bowed and waved to the clapping crowd as he began one of New Zealand's longest terms for murder, rape and attempted murder.
Justice Lester Chisholm said Reid's arrogance was unbelievable. He imposed a minimum non-parole term of 26 years as well as preventive detention for the murder and rapes in Christchurch and Dunedin.
The gallery in the No 1 High Court at Christchurch was packed to see the sentencing of the man convicted of the rape and murder of deaf woman Emma Agnew, and the rape, sexual violation, attempted murder and robbery of a 21-year-old student in Dunedin.
Many of the audience were members of the deaf community and the sentencing session was interpreted for them with sign language.
The public gallery broke into applause as sentence was finally imposed. Reid, 36, shaven headed, tattooed and flanked by three prison officers, bowed to the crowd and then raised both arms in a kind of victory salute as he was led away.
In one sense, he has fulfilled his life's ambition. The medical reports prepared on him before sentencing say he wanted to be serial murderer and rapist.
Whilst Reid will be 62 before he can be considered for parole, Keeping Stock hopes and prays that he is never released.