Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Timebombs explode in Whangarei and Christchurch

Media Release:

27th October 2008

Timebombs explode in Whangarei and Christchurch

Judge Andrew Becroft stressed the importance of defusing "human timebombs" before they explode, and this comment was endorsed by John Key.  But Christine Davey, Sensible Sentencing's Spokesperson on Drug Issues asks “how long will it take, and how much more damage will be done before this rhetoric translates into action?”

She points out that on the 23rd October Lee Jane Mettam, a “known P addict” was shot dead by Police in Whangarei after visiting a local shop brandishing a firearm. In the hour before she was shot, she had the opportunity to shoot several innocent people.

At the same time, the trial of Liam Reid is  underway in Christchurch, for allegedly murdering Emma Agnew and brutally raping a Dunedin woman and leaving her to die. Reid has an alibi for Emma's murder – he says he was buying drugs at the time – and he boasts that he uses P, and takes it by injection because it's the best way to have it.

These two cases demonstrate the kind of behaviour that P addicts are capable of.

Time will tell if Liam Reid is already known to Police for other anti-social behaviour as a result of his drug use. But if the Whangarei woman was a 'known P addict', and already known to the Police for causing grievous bodily harm in a bizarre attack on a former partner, why was she allowed to continue her illicit drug use unchallenged by Police?

There will be many others known to Police all over the country, quietly ticking. By not using the powers they have to intervene in this lifestyle, Police are enabling these crimes to be committed.

How many more innocent lives will be lost before P users (who are also victims of P) are rounded up and removed from society, and not released until their addictions are successfully treated.

Too hard?  Maybe – but not impossible.

The longer it's left, the louder and more widespread the ticking will become – and every Nzer  is at risk of becoming the next victim of these timebombs.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election