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Alexander Paul Bailey ... judgment day!

Friday, 29 July 2005

Alexander Paul Bailey ... judgment day!

United Future's Marc Alexander said today that the most important part of killer Paul Bailey's concurrent three year sentences handed down today for twice raping a 12-year-old girl in an Otago town in 1989 and 1990 was that any parole date he would now face would be substantially delayed.

"The sad fact is that we again see the inadequacy of concurrent sentencing as a true punishment for a true crime, and to give a victim a real sense of justice done on their behalf," Mr Alexander said.

"If his name sounds familiar it's because while he was on bail, he raped and killed 15-year-old Kylie Smith in November 1991."

"Although sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992, he came up for parole in 2001 and then again in 2002. I was there with Kylie's family to support their submission to keep him locked up for as long as possible.

He is next due for a parole hearing in December and I plan on being there again - this sentence should see him safely locked up for another three years at least. "In the meantime the victim for whom he was brought to account today gets some form of justice." Mr Alexander said it had been a privilege to support the now 29-year-old Christchurch woman the last few years until this day. "The real question is why has she had to wait 14 years for justice?"

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