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


Hug-a-Thug Judge defies Logic

Hug-a-Thug Judge defies Logic

“The only question the Judge needed to answer was, ‘If Stephen Dudley hadn’t been assaulted would he be alive today”? The obvious answer to that is yes, the only logical decision should have been a conviction," says Conservative Party Justice Spokesperson Garth McVicar.

"The decision by Justice Helen Winkelman to grant a discharge without conviction against the person who confessed to the fatal attack upon West Auckland school boy Stephen Dudley is a moral and legal outrage, and places our justice system firmly in the centre of the twilight zone, where accountability is a dirty word, and personal responsibility an unwelcome reality," says Mr McVicar.

“The Dudley family is mourning the loss of their son, and the attacker gets to walk away scot-free, all because a Judge without any medical qualifications has decided that an acclaimed undisclosed heart condition, and not a beating, contributed to Stephen Dudley’s death."

“While the Judge is satisfied that ‘the weight” of the crime sits heavily on the shoulders of the offender, the weight of a lost child is one that crushes a parent – forever” said Mr McVicar.

“The message being sent to youth as a result of this outcome is very clear: you can assault someone, they can die as a result of the assault, and some “hug-a-thug” Judge will find any and all minutia of “mitigating circumstances” on the offenders behalf, and hey presto – a free ride right through the court system”.

“The reason this situation feels so unbelievable is because it IS unbelievable, as all events are when they are embedded in the legal twilight zone that is our criminal justice system”.

“The only question the Judge needed to answer was, ‘If Stephen Dudley hadn’t been assaulted would he be alive today”? The obvious answer to that is yes, the only logical decision should have been a conviction”.

“When the Conservative Party is successful on 20th September this year, I will be continuing to take steps to ensure that victims, and not offenders, are the priority in the justice system, and that the Dudley family, and families like them, are not deprived of the justice they are so desperately entitled to” said Mr McVicar.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news