What is happening in this world when the life of a child, once again,
means nothing? When will our society see the value, the innocence, the
love, the truthfulness and so much more in children who don't deserve
the abuse they suffer and often die from? Steven Williams was the
boyfriend of Coral's mother, Jeanna Cremen,
who trusted him to get her children to school and when Coral didn't
want to get out of the car, he beat and killed her. After dumping her
body, Coral was reported missing and after ten days her body was found.
Steven plead guilty to her murder.
Reports say that Ron had tried to make a report with Child Youth And
Family, about concerns with the treatment of his daughter, those
reports were apparently never recorded. Robyn Williams, Coral's
Grandmother, said that she and her son had expected more of a sentence.
Robyn had collapsed in a coffee bar:
"It has been such a
hype all these months, but now I just feel empty.
Robyn was speaking to reporters from her bed when she told them that
her son had called and broken down in to tears after the sentence was
"He is a bit bemused
because it is all over. We thought he would get a lot more"
Unfortunately, Justice John Wild was lenient because Steven had plead
guilty and seemed remorseful for his action. In court, Ron sat holding
a picture of Coral that said "We love you Coral-Ellen". Ron was quiet
until the sentence was read and then he put his fist up and was clearly
disgusted with the way things had gone, Ron walked through the streets
in his town, a very angry man:
"My daughter done
nothing. She'll never have a 16th birthday or get married. Will I ever
get to hold
Ron said he didn't believe for a minute that Steven had any remorse for
what he did and he talked about how he and Steven had walked side by
side searching for Coral, while crying:
"He's not remorseful
though. The only reason he's upset is that he's caught and he's got to
stay in jail.
watched him on the monitor. Every time he had to be remorseful for the
Judge's benefit, he was. You
the life of an innocent child, you deserve to rot in jail at the very
least. You deserve to be put down
Coral's Uncle, Karl Creman, was also upset saying that 15 years wasn't
enough of a sentence. Justice John Wild would later change it to a
minimum of 17 years saying it was okay because of the confession coming
early on in the investigation and Steven's parole officer said that in
26 years of being a parole officer, he had never seen a man with more
"I think the fear and
disbelieving look that must have been in Coral's eyes as you punched
the little hand that came up to try and fend off the blows, will haunt
you for the rest of your life"
In court, Val Nisbet, Steven's lawyer, talked about how he had been
suicidal, had nightmares and was on antidepressants since killing this
little Angel. Steven was apparently reliving the beating and the blood
that was on his hands, many times a day:
believes he is the most hate man in New Zealand"
Awwww, poor Steven, killed a child and now HE'S
reliving it? What about her
family, those who love her and will miss her every day for the rest of
their lives? There is NO
for what he did, there is no way around it, he murdered a little girl
and if he suffers for it every day, that's what he deserves, he does NOT
deserve to ever walk a free man
Crown Prosecutor, Grand Burston said that Steven had attacked Coral
brutally in the car outside of her school. Steven punched Coral twice
in the face and caused brain damage and then spent the next two hours
looking for a place to dump her body, before he hit her with a piece of
wood and left her to die, alone.
Justice John Wild told Jeanna that she was not responsible for what had
happened and then spoke about Methamphet
-amine, the drug Steven had taken that day:
"There was nothing to
warn you that anything like this might happen. If anything good comes
this case, I hope is is a shocking warning to those manufacturing or
using pure Methamphetamine"
Outside of the courtroom, Detective Inspector Rod Drew stated that he
felt the sentencing had brought closure for everyone, in this case:
"We are still without
Coral, but the appropriate sentence has been handed down. That's life
I have searched for anything to say that Rod Drew as in some way
connected to Coral, justifying his statement "We are still without
Coral", he isn't without her at all, her family is. Also, how dare he
say everyone has closure now, CLEARLY
there are those who will not find closure due to the INSANE
sentence given to Steven.
Steven was able to play with the system and convince people that he was
sorry, I am sure he'll do the same to a parole board one day. That is
not justice, that is 15 years of his life, compared to the REAL
life sentence given to Coral's
family who love her and will miss her for the rest of their lives.
Penal Reform Co-President, Howard League said that while emotions were
running high after the sentencing, people needed to keep the case in
"While you can
understand the public feeling about this terrible murder, the reality
is on day he's
to be released, and too often people come out of prison
institutionalized, without any resources and ill-
to cope with society and they are just re-offending, cause the public
Are we supposed to feel bad for Steven because he killed this little
and is now going to prison, where he'll probably get beaten up a lot
and then when he actually gets to live what is left of his life a free
man, he's going to have trouble adjusting to the outside? WOW
, that's all I can say is WOW
As it turns out, Steven had quite the history of violence as well as
property offenses, in fact, Steven had 88 prior convictions and was on
parole when he killed Coral.