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New Zealand judiciary give two fingered salute

New Zealand judiciary give two fingered salute to Parliament - again
22nd May 2018

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled at the Judiciary’s cavalier attitude to implementing Parliament’s clear intention on criminal sentencing.

Trust founder, Garth McVicar, today said: “The refusal of the High Court Judge today to impose a sentence of Life without Parole on the first Third Strike murderer is a constitutional outrage.

“Parliament was very clear when the Three Strikes law was passed in 2010, that murderers with prior strike convictions are expected to receive the ultimate penalty - a sentence of Life without Parole.

“The first case today is surely as bad as it can get. Dylyn Davis is a violent thug, who beat and choked Aroha Kerehoma to death and later bragged about what he had done to his scumbag mates, describing his victim choking to death as she gargled on her own blood. Not only has he shown no remorse, but was proud of what he had done. He should never walk the streets again – his victim certainly will not.” said McVicar

“Davis’s previous strikes are for wounding with intent to injure, for which he received a paltry 18 months - which the Sentencing Act automatically reduced to 9 months - and 28 and a half months for an aggravated robbery, which was his second strike. His claim to be remorseful at his first strike hearing was clearly rubbish; the only thing he was sorry for was getting caught. He has now gone on to commit the worst crime in the statute book. This poor excuse for a human being deserves nothing more than to spend the rest of his life in a cage.” said McVicar.

“In 2010 Parliament gave the Judges the tools to deal with recidivist violent thugs who have demonstrated no willingness, or ability, to reform. So far each of the Judges who have had the opportunity in murder cases has refused to make full use of those tools. We urge Crown law to appeal today’s sentence and ensure that Parliament’s clear direction on criminal sentencing is implemented.” concluded McVicar. ENDS

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