Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Victim Impact Report Obstacles Concerning

Media Statement
For immediate release
Wednesday, 27 October, 2004

Alexander: Victim impact report obstacles concerning

United Future's Marc Alexander, who helped clear the way for a victim impact report in the case, today welcomed the 17-year sentences imposed on two teenagers for the murder of a homeless man in Christchurch earlier this year.

Kevin Green and Pakanui Morice, both 18, were sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch this morning for beating Shannon McComb to death in February.

"This crime was brutal and mind-numbingly pointless. It was a monstrous act of violence against a very soft target," Mr Alexander said after earlier advocating for Mr McComb's family when they met obstacles to delivering their victim impact report.

They were told by court officials that the style in which they wished to present their report was not acceptable, he said.

"The problem was resolved, but that it was an issue at all is indicative of the distance we still have to travel to get true acceptance of victims' rights."

Mr Alexander, United Future's law and order spokesman, said the case was deeply disturbing.

"Shannon McComb was a gentle man. He was fragile and caring. He had issues in his life, but he remained a loving son and brother in contact with his family. One can't help but have the picture that he was utterly dehumanised to those two killers because he was homeless.

"While 17 years is not enough for any murder, at least it is a substantial start," Mr Alexander, who has long campaigned for tougher sentences, said.

In a sad postscript to the case, Mr Alexander has approached TVNZ on behalf of Mr McComb's family to have him edited out of an upcoming documentary in which he was to feature.

"It is a very difficult situation for his family," he said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election