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Lundy Prime Candidate For Non-Parole Sentence

13 August 2002

Lundy Prime Candidate For Non-Parole Sentence -- National

"While the Appeal Court's decision to extend double murderer Mark Lundy's non-parole period from 17 to 20 years is welcome, he should have been given a tougher sentence in the first place," says National's Justice spokesman Wayne Mapp.

Dr Mapp says Lundy - who was found guilty of brutally killing his wife and daughter earlier this year - is a prime candidate for a non-parole, 'life means life ' sentence, which New Zealanders have been demanding.

"More than 90 per cent of us voted for tougher sentences at the 1999 election, but this was totally ignored by the last Labour-led government when it introduced softer sentences`.

"The very least that United Future must garner from its cosy little guarantee of confidence and supply for this Labour-led government is a proper review of the new Sentencing Act and the imposition of tougher sentences.

"United Future has a responsibility to its supporters - and other New Zealanders - to ensure that much needed reforms are made to Phil Goff's soft new sentencing law," Dr Mapp added.

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