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January 20, 2010

Judge's swipe at `3-strikes' law

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders had an offender with a long record in the dock on a burglary charge.

But he was concerned that the proposed law change could lead to an unavoidable 10-year jail term for what looked to be a minor offence.

The 29-year-old unemployed Northcote man was seeking bail and the judge granted it in spite of the police opposition.


Judge Saunders commented: ''This case points to the failure of the ACT policy if this charge were proved. He might likely face 10 years' jail for going into a dog shelter.

Some people would say that this guy would have been in jail before this happened as he had so many convictions.

I thought prison was for rehabilitation... a real shame that the government isn't doing what is evidence based as opposed to hysteria...

''At $100,000 a year to keep someone in prison, one can imagine the huge cost to the country for something that is relatively minor. A judge might not be allowed to grant parole.''

''America's arrived, Sir,'' Mr Knowles commented. It is a sad day indeed! But perhaps we can elect another goverment, and get rid of this pandering-to-fear law!

The man was released on bail with a curfew at his home, and forbidden to go to the dog pound _ meaning that someone else will have to arrange to get his dog freed.



  • At 1:20 p.m., Blogger g said…

    surely breaking and entering is a crime whether it be a dog shelter, a garden shed or a bank? repeat offenders need deterrent jail-time! take away the soft options and make them do the time.

  • At 9:43 p.m., Blogger Natalie said…

    The judge didn't think that it was breaking & entering... I think that everyone has a term when a dog is involved. It's a love affair, or some sorts.

    I would have thought that each offence carries time and/or punishment-> which means that they already paid the price for their crime (in a perfect world).

    So basically the judge was saying that this guy would have spent 10 years for a dog pound intrusion, at $100 000 a year (to keep him there) That's a lot of my tax dollars!!

  • At 12:52 p.m., Blogger g said…

    3 cents per tax payer per year (assuming 3million tax residents in NZ)against a repeat offender causing grief in our communities? hell, i will send a dollar a year!

  • At 10:10 p.m., Blogger Natalie said…

    I'm afraid that it's more than just the money that we pay... society pays in others ways that can't be accountant-friendly.


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