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

 


Why we need a sex-offender register

From quagmire to sex offender example of why we need a sex-offender register

The Sensible Sentencing Trust says the case of a sex-offender who plea-bargained his way to a reduced charge is an example of why a publicly available sex-offender register is necessary.

David Bruce Gore, 27, unemployed, of Foxton, was to begin a trial by jury yesterday on one count of unlawful sexual connection with a girl under 12.

But in the Palmerston North District Court, Crown prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk amended the charge for "evidential reasons" to one of sexual contact with a girl under 12, which Gore admitted.

The teenage victim of the sexual predator wanted the man responsible to face trial, and claims she was given little say in the decision to downgrade his charge.

Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar, said he was appalled that an adult male could sexually abuse a child and yet enter into negotiations with the Crown to effectively bargain his way to a discount.

“But the absolute travesty is that his victim, or her family, had no say and were not even consulted – and this in the new era of victims rights.”

“It appears some dirty dark secret back room deals have been done that has made plea bargaining an every day occurrence and victims’ rights have been forgotten in the rush to cut court costs and the prison population.”

Mr. McVicar said he found it alarming that in a serious case involving sexual abuse of a child that the offender was effectively given a discount.

“If this is the way of the future then surely the public – and the victims – deserved to be informed of the predators’ living in our communities.”

“We believe a publicly available on-line sex-offender register is the only way to achieve that.”

“It appears our Crown Prosecutors and our Courts can no longer be relied on to protect us from these predators.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/8867424/Victim-frustrated-as-sex-offender-pleads-guilty-to-lesser-charge

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news