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Judge exposes community to unacceptable risk

For immediate release: 11/9/14

Judge exposes community to unacceptable risk

Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, says the fact a Judge declined to impose a preventive detention sentence on an offender who raped and strangled and 11 year old girl endangers future victims and the wider community.

McVicar was referring to the case of an 11-year-old girl who saved her own life by leaping from the moving car being driven by the 18-year-old man who had just raped and strangled her, after an early rape of another young woman.


“The Judge’s decision means this offender will be released on early parole or at sentence end without any ability to keep him locked up no matter the danger he poses.”

“Preventive detention sentences were designed to ensure potentially dangerous offenders need never be released; such a sentence ensures protection of the community is the paramount consideration.”

“With the stroke of a pen this Judge removed the only tool the Parole Board and Corrections has to manage these dangerous offenders when being considered for release.”

“The Crown did the right thing by applying for a preventive detention sentence but sadly this Judge has chosen to ignore them.”

“Not only has this Judge ignored the horrific experience Stewart put his victims through he has opened the likelihood of other young women being sexually abused or raped in the future.”

McVicar added, “Obviously the names Malcolm Chaston or Aaron MacDonald mean nothing to this Judge.” Referring to two recidivist offenders [also ironically from Christchurch] who were released and went on to rape and murder.



“Most law-abiding citizens think our Judges are the gatekeepers for society and will keep us safe from dangerous offenders but this Judge has failed in his duty and has exposed the community to a massive and totally unacceptable risk.” ENDS

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