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

 

Bail Fail continues has Select Committee ignored the Crusher



Bail Fail continues – has Select Committee ignored the Crusher?

The very week the Select Committee releases its recommendations on amendments to the Bail Act following numerous murders committed by offenders on bail, another young mother is murdered – the offender was yet again on bail for a previous violent offence against her. http://nzh.tw/10846949


The Sensible Sentencing Trust is rightly asking has Justice Minister ‘Crusher’ Collins gone soft or has the Select Committee ignored her.

Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said the answer is simple, “Anyone accused of a violent offence should not be granted bail, full stop”.

“What part of that does this Select Committee not understand?”

“Anything less will mean this violence will continue and innocent people will keep being murdered – sadly the victims are normally young woman killed by jealous, out of control young males”.

Mr McVicar said, “A year on from Christie Marceau’s death and a 6 month Select Committee process, in which hundreds of submitters called for a range of measures to balance the Bail Act in favour of victims of serious violent crime, little is proposed to change. We are bitterly disappointed that the Select Committee appears to have ignored most of the submissions given.”

“Whilst the Bail Amendment Bill removes the presumption in favour of bail for 18 and 19 year olds, it provides nothing new to safeguard against serious first time offenders, like Akshay Chand, who had no prior record.

"We asked that Judge’s be required to give specific consideration to threats made against victims. This has been ignored.”

“We sought cumulative sentences for crimes committed on bail, to provide a serious deterrent and true justice for additional victims of crime committed while on bail. This has also been ignored.”

“Advice from the Ministry of Justice is that the effects of all of the amendments will mean only an additional 50 prison beds would be required. This is clearly tinkering at the margins.”

“The Bail Amendment Act takes a harder line on first time offenders accused of a Class A drug offence, than it does with first time offenders accused of serious violent crimes”.

“We think the Select Committee has got its priorities completely around the wrong way."

Mr. McVicar said the only good thing to come out of last week's case was the offender had taken his own life saving the tax-payers the cost of a trial and another shambolic “Not guilty by way of insanity” debacle.

“We hope Minister of Justice, Judith Collins, is prepared to toughen up the Bill since the Select Committee has failed to do so.”

“As things stand at present very little has changed and innocent people will continue to be murdered, Judith Collins is on record as saying ‘crime is a choice and prison is voluntary’ it appears the Select Committee are not listening – or the Crusher's gone soft.”

“Either way the public deserve an answer from a Government that got elected on a promise to get tough on crime.”

“The proof will be in the final amendment to the Bail Act”. ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog