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Justice System A Joke

Justice System A Joke

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark is questioning the justice system after news that convicted police killer, Richard Lakich, is out on an unsupervised work scheme in the community 5 days a week.

“Lakich, who was convicted of bashing to death Constable Peter Umbers in one of the most vicious attacks ever committed on a policeman, has been denied parole yet is allowed out of jail unsupervised. Whose side is the establishment on?” said Mr Mark.

“What’s more astounding is the fact that local police were not alerted to the fact that he is out in the community.

“Given the performance of the Christchurch Corrections Department over the past five years, it is difficult to summon up any confidence in their ability to reach just decisions.

“Last week Shane Colin Archbold, convicted of a smash-and-grab incident in Christchurch, was awarded $15,000 in compensation for an alleged assault by a police officer while he was resisting arrest.

“What is happening to the justice system in Christchurch?

“Is the establishment there to protect the public or to pander to convicted criminals? asked Mr Mark.

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