this last week has seen the launch of the book by lesley elliott, outlining her experiences around her daughter's murder and the resulting interaction with the justice system. i have huge respect for this woman, who has not only come through such a terrible tragedy, but has gone on to talk to high school students & other groups about the warning signs of a violent relationship.
she has also been doing some excellent media interviews around the book launch: there's this one from radio nz (nine to noon, 10 june, 10:07am); here's a clip from tv3 news and another from campbell live. she'll also be appearing on good morning tomorrow morning.
one of the key issues that lesley elliot raises is the fact that it seemed like sophie elliott was as much on trial as her murderer. that personal details of her life were made public in such a manner, with her family and friends having to sit and listen to it, is yet another injustice added to the whole situation.
in any case, all proceeds from the book will be going to the sophie elliott foundation. so if you are in a position to do so, i highly recommend buying it.