Watchdog Applauds Christchurch But Slams Lawyer
9th May 2008
Watchdog Applauds Christchurch But Slams Local Lawyer For Insulting Victims & Spinning The Stats
High profile QC, Nigel Hampton was one of over 400 who turned out for a public meeting in Christchurch called to address increasing levels of violence in the city.
Sensible Sentencing Trust’s, Leah Matena says she thought Mr. Hampton lived in Christchurch, “but after insulting the audience by suggesting the city is safe and the concern about crime is a beat-up made me wonder where he was talking about, he certainly wasn’t describing Christchurch so I seriously have to wonder where he does live? What is the name of the planet he’s from?”
“Mr. Hampton has shown that he’s not only deluded but he’s also self righteous and insensitive.”
The QC began his odd outburst by patronising the news media, he suggested they shouldn’t report on the work or opinions of organisations like Sensible Sentencing Trust.
Then in front of a room filled with victims of violent crime including the families of Emma Agnew and Marie Davis who were both murdered so heinously Mr Hampton insisted the city is safe - what a slap in the face for those families!
“Nigel, we have had a gutsful of the PC environment you and a small, vocal, deluded group helped create and continue to foster. The worst kind of do-gooders.
You claim to have worthy goals but they now appear to be important sounding ideals thinly disguising access to the most lucrative of legal aid.
I believe most of the rest of us at that meeting genuinely had altruistic reasons - we care about our families and our community.
Organisations like the Sensible Sentencing Trust is at least honest, we say it like it is and we only ask for protection in return.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Hampton was a lone voice in the 400+ crowd.
Inspector Gary Knowles from Christchurch Police acknowledged the crime concerns and stipulated that police are committed to reducing crime with the proven zero tolerance initiative.
Time for change Christchurch!! You have stood up, let’s get behind the police and create the safe, crime free city we all want to live in. Let’s make it a reality instead of just a delusion in Hampton QC’s mind.”
Public March - details will be released soon about a public march/Haikou to remember all those who have lost their lives to violence in Christchurch.