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Impact of soft on crime approach being felt

Mark Mitchell - Justice
20 December 2018

Impact of soft on crime approach being felt

Public concern around the Government’s soft on crime approach is clearly building as shown by the level of public anger over the sentence that Rouxle Le Roux received for the death of Nathan Kraatskow, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says.

“Almost 160,000 New Zealanders signed a petition asking the Crown to appeal the sentence of home detention for dangerous driving causing death. Crown Law has today decided against doing so.

“Judicial independence is important but the National Party is concerned that the Government’s soft on crime approach is making communities less safe.

“National Party Leader Simon Bridges and I accepted the petition from Nathan Kraastkow’s family at Parliament on Tuesday.

“The National Party will ensure policy is developed to reinforce that victims and their families are kept at the heart of our justice system and offenders are held accountable.

“National is the party of law and order and will ensure the voices of victims and all New Zealanders are heard.

“Our thoughts remain with the Kraatskow family today.”

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