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

 

Weak Sentences for Rape Encourages More of the Same

Weak Sentences for Rape Encourages More of the Same – Says Trust


3rd August 2017

“The question must be asked, are these pathetic sentences contributing to our escalating criminal behaviour and ballooning prison population.” Guthrie
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is disgusted that two 20-year-old Christchurch men have received sentences of less than four years imprisonment before being eligible for parole for violently raping a 15-year-old girl in her own home.

“What normal human being thinks this kind of behaviour is remotely acceptable?” said Trust Child Abuse spokesman Scott Guthrie.

“The men’s defence was that the girl – who was severely intoxicated at the time – consented. Even after the court heard witness testimony that the victim had to be carried to the room where the offending took place” Guthrie said.

“This is not a case where three consenting adults had sex. This is a disgusting offence where two male adults, Brooke Christie Rolleston and Brandon James Roche, forcibly raped an innocent 15-year-old un-consenting girl while she was so intoxicated she couldn’t walk.”

“They cannot claim that they were unaware of her age. According to the evidence, there had been electronic messaging between one of the offenders and the victim some weeks prior to the offending but that doesn’t equate to consent. Here we have two men who callously took advantage of a much younger vulnerable underage girl. And what does Judge Alistair Garland give these sexual predators?”

“Rolleston gets eleven years two months imprisonment and Roche got ten years and nine months but typical to true Kiwi justice there was no minimum sentence imposed meaning only one third of the sentence must be served, making these two rapists eligible for prole in less than four years’ time.”
“This also raises the question of how can the judicial system expect these offenders to be rehabilitated ready for release in such a short time frame.” said Guthrie.

“Judge Garland must know how wrong and weak this sentence is and the question needs to be asked, are these pathetic sentences contributing to New Zealands escalating criminal behaviour and ballooning prison population?” ENDS

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/95379773/brandon-roche-and-brooke-rolleston-jailed-for-more-than-a-decade-each-for-raping-15yearold-girl-at-party


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools.

“Almost all education support workers are women, and they do vital work helping young children with severe learning and behavioural challenges to learn. I am delighted to say they will finally be paid fairly for the crucial work they do,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

Gender Changes: Suggested Change To Birth, Deaths And Marriages Act Welcomed

The current process to change the sex ‘marker’ on a birth certificate is lengthy, expensive and requires medical evidence as well as the involvement of the Family Court... More>>

ALSO:

Major Health Review: Terms Of Reference Finalised

Health Minister Dr David Clark has confirmed the final details of the wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s health and disability system as it begins its work in earnest. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Battle With Washington Over Iran (In Wellington)

Luckily, at least the European Union is standing up to the Washington bully – and the EU chose a press conference in Wellington this week to make its defence of the international rules-based system perfectly clear. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: New 6-Bed Unit For Wellington Region

The Mental Health Foundation is supportive of the news of a new, national mental health unit, but is more encouraged by the Minister’s comments that suggest more mental health initiatives will follow the Mental Health Inquiry. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages