Ministry of Education comment on sentencing of Robert Burrett this morning

“We welcome the sentence imposed by Justice Gerald Nation today,” says Katrina Casey, the Ministry’s deputy secretary for sector enablement and support .

“Burrett’s offending was abhorrent and cruel and one of the worst of its kind against children.

“We commend the police for their work in bringing Burrett to justice. This was a difficult and painstaking enquiry and one that required the utmost care towards the children involved.

“Our sympathy goes out to the children and their families.

“We continue to support those who have been affected and encourage schools to contact us to discuss any further help and support if and when needed,” says Ms Casey.

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