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Feeble Sentence Should Provoke Shame

Feeble Sentence Should Provoke Shame

Friday 21 Feb 2003 Stephen Franks Press Releases -- Crime & Justice

The fact that a 15 year-old has to be given an adult sentence should cause those who defend our failed youth justice system to hang their heads in shame, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"The sentence is feeble enough even for those who usually try to excuse crime by the young," Mr Franks said.

"The non-parole period of 10 years means that Renee O'Brien will probably be out of prison by the time she is 25, an age when many would think their best years were just starting,

"Yet Kenneth Piggot will be dead forever, after she hit him on the head with a hammer and - with two friends - dragged his body to the Waitara River.

"I hope the family's feeling that this is the best they could hope for, was not simply because they were resigned to a system that doesn't deliver justice," Mr Franks said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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