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Judge Does The Right Thing Says Mark

Judge Does The Right Thing Says Mark

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark has congratulated Judge Andrew Becroft for taking a tough stance against youth offending.

A 15-year-old girl was sentenced to 15 months in jail for her part in the aggravated assault and robbery of a taxi driver in Wellington earlier this year.

“Judge Becroft has sent out a strong message to other young offenders that their age will not protect them from being punished,” said Mr Mark.

“My private members bill is designed to give Judges more power to punish young offenders for their crimes and to lower the age of criminal responsibility.

“Under the current law, young offenders commit heinous crimes and know they will only get a slap on the wrist.

“Judge Becroft’s sentence has set a precedent that will hopefully be followed by other judges,” concluded Mr Mark.


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