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Home Detention Lunacy Shown With Thug On Run

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Monday, 24 January 2005

Alexander: Home detention lunacy shown with thug on run

After police catch Sean Patrick Broderick, the justice system might like to explain why a man police describe as violent, high-risk and with gang connections was on home detention and not in jail, United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander said today.

"This is the sheer stupidity that is going on with home detention. How does a thug get home detention?

"It's a very simple question, but there are judges and justice officials who need to start answering for this rubbish.

"There is only one place for violent criminals and those who carry a genuine threat of violence and that is behind bars," he said.

"This case demonstrates exactly the level of protection afforded to the public by a lovely little ankle bracelet."

Mr Alexander also questioned why the public had only been informed now that Broderick fled his Waikato home a week ago.

"It is, after all, home detention and given that the police generally don't wait a week to tell the public of a jail break, one would presume that we should be informed quickly when this sort of thug has breached home detention.


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