Ms Wall, a former Black Power associate, said her son endured regular beatings at home. "I wanted it to stop but I couldn't because I was a hard-out alcoholic and it was the family versus me."
Marino's father, Mark Marino – a Taupo Mongrel Mob member – said he feared for his son's safety in prison.
Having served time himself, he knew of prisoners with similar convictions who "just disappeared" in jail. "The sad thing is that everyone wants him to be chucked in with the lions.
From my experience not all like him come out. I'm not able to help him now; he will be on his own for a while." Mr Marino said he had written to the girl's family and apologised for his son's actions.
He agreed that his son's upbringing had been fraught.
"We all try to be good parents but we can't always be there with our children if they want to go off on their own."
I am not going to let Mark Marino get away with that last line.
He did NOT try to be a good parent!
Two drunk and drugged out gang associates / members raised their child in an environment full of substance abuse, crime, physical and sexual abuse - then when that child rapes a 5 year old they attempt to tell our media that they TRIED to be good parents?!?!
That comment indicates that Mark Marino thinks that he was just a normal father who went off to work every day to support his family, and his son just happened to go off the rails because he could not be there for him 24-7.
I. DON'T. THINK. SO. MARK!
Those monsters should be locked up with their son.
New Zealand has a new Bailey Kurariki.
Raurangi Marino will be a free man before he is 25. Taxpayers are going to be supporting him for the next 50 years because he sure as heck is not going to come out of prison any better off than when he went in.