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Sentence highlights soft-on-crime policies

Capill sentence highlights Labour’s soft-on-crime policies

Rodney Hide Thursday, 14 July 2005

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ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today Graham Capill's nine-year sentence for child rape and indecency charges highlighted how soft the Labour Government is on crime.

“Today’s sentence is a slap in the face for the victims of Capill’s offending and is yet another example of Labour’s soft on crime policies.

“No-one, including the judge, seriously believes Capill will see out his entire sentence. That is the problem with concurrent sentencing. Under Labour’s laws he will be sentenced to nine years but will be eligible for parole in three. To be true to the sentence he should serve the full nine years.

“ACT has a plan to get tough on crime. Part of that plan is to end automatic concurrent sentencing. Every crime must count.

“We must change Labour’s soft-on-crime approach. It is time that victims’ rights were put ahead of the criminals.

“A Party Vote for ACT is the only way to ensure that criminals get the punishment they deserve,” Mr Hide said.


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