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Paedophile should get truth in sentencing

Tuesday 21st Sep 1999
Richard Prebble
Media Release -- Justice

Wellington man George Shaw, convicted last year for a string of sexual assaults on young boys, was sentenced for 3+ years, but only has to serve between one third and two thirds of that time. He can apply to a district prison board this month for parole.

But Mr Prebble says under his Truth in Sentencing proposal, Shaw would have to serve at least 80% of his sentence.

He says Shaw's victims have suffered terribly, and were devastated by the light sentence Shaw received. Letting him out early would be a further travesty of justice, Mr Prebble said.

"This deviant deserves substantial punishment. Once Truth in Sentencing becomes law, criminals like Shaw will do serious time for serious crimes."


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