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

 

Pay Sue but fix the problem says McVicar


For immediate release:

Pay Sue but fix the problem says McVicar

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is welcoming news of a settlement in the Sue Couch but says the release and management of recidivist offenders on parole mean more cases are looming.

Victims are now challenging these spectacular failures and tax payers are paying the price for years of ‘liberal lunacy’ said Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar.

“The ‘theory’ that criminals like William Bell [RSA killer] with 104 previous offences could be rehabilitated and that their propensity to crime was an illness that could be treated has been a disastrous experiment that has cost hundreds of innocent lives.”

“The fact that this case has taken 11 years to settle and the Crown will have spent more than the total sum Sue Couch was claiming is evidence that justice insiders actually know how bad the system has become, but they have failed to fix it.”

“Nobody, particularly victims, want to revert to legal action but ultimately if the system has become so dysfunctional and innocent people are being murdered as a consequence the only avenue open to the victims is via the Courts.”

“This case was never just about William Bell and his murderous rampage. It was about the corrupt ideology of a system that was hell-bent on releasing recidivist violent offenders into an unsuspecting and unprepared community.”

“That combined with shoddy management and an overworked probation service was a recipe for disaster, it was only a matter of time until the time-bomb went off,” said McVicar.

“Don’t get me wrong, we are very grateful that the Corrections Dept is finally doing the right thing for Sue, but a token gesture is one thing, stopping the rot is entirely another matter.”

“We can’t do much more, we have exposed the failures, I only hope the Crown has deep pockets or the courage to fix the problem. It is entirely their call but they shouldn’t be surprised if we come knocking at their door again.”

ends

© 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>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

(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>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election