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

 

Man stabs his 3 Kids

Man stabs his 3 Kids – Mother says – His eyes were black, and he didn’t appear human anymore

6th March 2018

But for the quick actions of police and emergency services a 7-week-old baby, an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old would not have survived the horrific knife and machete attack carried out on them by their own father Fa’amanu Milford.

Milford was initially charged with kidnapping and 3 charges of attempted murder but was convicted on the lesser charges of grievous bodily harm. The mother believes it was attempted murder.

The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust’s National Victim Advocate Leigh Woodman said “This unbelievably brutal, cruel and merciless man is due to be released from prison on the 21st of March because he will have served the full sentence imposed on him. It is chilling just thinking about it.”

The Parole Board have kept Milford in prison till his sentence release date; surely this is a major indicator of just how dangerous he is. The Parole Board decision talked of Milford’s ongoing difficulty with hearing voices, his limited coping skills and isolation from community support.

The mother of the children said she has little doubt that he will seek to find her when he is released, and Police agree with her fears saying they are very aware of the very real danger he poses, and that Milford is an extremely violent man who poses a real threat of re-offending.

The victim said, “His eyes were black, and he didn’t appear human anymore.” She is so scared of him and what he is capable of doing, that she has moved her family to a safer location away from all they know, because she doesn’t have faith in the system as it stands, and she is desperate to try and keep her and her beautiful children safe from further harm.

Leigh said, “For them it’s not over, it will never be over; these brave little children and their mum live not only with the emotional damage he inflicted on them but also the physical damage, some of it ongoing and requiring hospitalisation and surgery.”

The Sensible Sentencing Trust believe Milford poses a very real danger to himself, his victims and the community at large and want to see Mental Health authorities urgently review their decision in this case to consider whether Milford should be held under a compulsory treatment order or sectioned under the Mental Health Act. We believe community mental health oversite of Milford simply will not be enough to keep people safe and fear the possible outcome of the current decision. The Trust believe that essentially the Parole Board have done all in their power to keep the victims and the community safe, as have the Department of Corrections, now it’s up to the DHB to do something about this.

Prisons were built and are run by Corrections to house prisoners who have offended; for those offenders to serve the sentence for the crime they committed, to keep society safe from them and to provide rehabilitation, always keeping in mind we need to accept there are some offenders that simply cannot be rehabilitated, and we believe Milford is one of them.

A study of New Zealand prisoners conducted by the Department of Corrections showed that up to 70% of prisoners had drug and/or alcohol problems and a significant number have mental health issues. Corrections were not set up to deal with this and are copping a lot of the brunt for what we consider to be a systemic issue within our current system.

Until the system and the laws around this issue are reviewed, we fear this type of chilling horror will happen to other families. ENDS

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/03/man-who-tried-to-kill-his-three-kids-will-soon-be-released.html


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed? - Have Your Say

Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon.

We at Scoop and PEP believe that an issue as important as the fairness of the tax regime should be open for discussion, debate and dialogue. Unfortunately, a written submission process just doesn’t encourage the kind of public exchange we think is necessary in a well-functioning democracy. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>

ALSO:

Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Early Childhood Sector: Complaints Data Released

A new report released today by the Ministry of Education provides greater transparency and additional information to parents, says Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages