Plug gap that lets Lloyd McIntosh go free
Thursday, 17 March 2005
Alexander: Plug gap that leave the world’s Lloyd McIntoshs free
If New Zealand doesn’t plug a legal gap in the way it handles serious offenders who have completed their sentences but still are clearly a risk to the community, it might as well start preparing to do body counts and support sex attack victims, United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander said today.
Speaking after the Parole Board released its “inadequate” decision on the supervision of convicted sex offender Lloyd McIntosh today, Mr Alexander said we currently had no adequate legal means of dealing with his kind once their sentences were complete.
“Putting a regiment of guards on these guys would not be enough. It’s massively costly and, in the long term, quite unreliable, given that an offender only has to give them the slip once,” he said.
Mr Alexander renewed his call for sex offenders such as McIntosh to only be freed once they had their sexual impulses chemically controlled.
“It works overseas with child sex offenders and it would work here. We need to put public safety as our top priority,” he said.