‘Disbelief’ at murderer’s first strike warning

The New Zealand Herald July 3 2013
Alexsis Tovizi’s mother wants the three strikes policy extended to include serious domestic violence offences after the man convicted of killing her 21-year-old daughter was sentenced today.

Nikki Roper was handed a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 14-and-a-half years for murdering Alexis Tovizi, his ex-partner, with a sleeper hold at her Christchurch flat in 2010.

It was just five days after he was released from prison where he was serving a sentence for choking the young mother.

As he left jail in 2010, the unemployed 24-year-old told an inmate: “I’m going to kill the b****.”

Alexsis’s mother, Cheryl Tovizi, released a statement today in which she called for the three strikes policy to be extended to include serious domestic violence offences.