Lower your self-esteem, if you aim to murder someone but want the judges to be lenient

October 20, 2011

So now the bloody judges are taking self-esteem into account when they jail murderous brats.

That’s gotta be a load of bolloocks. If you kill someone, you should be banged up for a long time regardless of what some bloody shrink might plead about your sad lack of self-esteem.

But that’s not the way it’s being done in Godzone in the 21st century.

And so Alf is dismayed to read of what has happened to a teenage girl who was convicted for killing a retired schoolteacher.

She has had her sentence reduced

… after new evidence showed she was immature and had low self-esteem.

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Two deaths, two women before the courts, but just one jail term (and a light one at that)

August 31, 2010

Alf is bothered by two reports from the courts today. He regards them as an invitation to women to do their menfolk a mischief with the reasonable expectation they won’t be too heavily punished, especially if they can come up with a good sob story.

In one case, the woman won’t be punished at all after being cleared of the manslaughter of a West Coast publican.

She was found guilty of hitting the publican, so there is no doubting there was an assault. The judge nevertheless discharged her.

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McVicar could learn one thing from the boy racers – how to get there faster with his press statements

August 29, 2010

Alf is chuffed to be getting support from the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

The trust says drivers who kill while attempting to outrun police should be charged with murder.

This is what Alf had been saying, although he was given no credit for his oh-so-sensible thinking by the trust.
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Callous and stupid teens show contempt for human life and a dismaying disregard for combustibles

March 24, 2010

Alf despairs at the way we are raising our children, after reading stories highlighting stupidity and calousness among our young people in the Herald today.

First, the stupid:

A 14-year-old suffered severe burns to 35 per cent of his body after an accident in woodwork class.

The incident involved one Jamie Knox, a Year 10 student at Waiuku College, south of Auckland, who finished up in Middlemore Hospital waiting to undergo surgery for partial to superficial burns to his chest, legs and arms.

But the stupid one – unnamed – was the bugger who caused the accident.

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Yes, we know about the anger of a slain Sikh’s widow – now let’s find why the cops were tardy

March 5, 2010

When, oh when, will the news media stop beating the drum about a widow’s anger at the police delay in entering the liquor store where her husband was murdered almost two years ago?

The newspapers have regurgitated the story about her anger again today. The Herald says –

The widow of slain liquor store owner Navtej Singh believes police delays hindered her husband’s chances of survival, and is demanding answers over their actions.

Harjinder Kaur comforted her fatally wounded husband in their Manurewa store as police waited outside for 26 minutes, despite 111 staff having been assured the armed robbers had fled.

In the High Court at Auckland yesterday, as is being widely reported, one of the six men accused of Mr Singh’s murder, Anitelea Chan Kee, 22, was found guilty.
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Trouble with rubble – a tale of silly burghers in Christchurch getting sillier

January 6, 2010

Alf is given further evidence today of Christchurch being a place to visit, maybe, but not to live.

Not only does the sad city have a mayor who applauds the demolition of property because demon-fearing citizens yet to emerge from the Dark Ages are spooked by it.

It also has bureaucrats who expect a bloke banged up in jail for murder to come and clear up the mess.

Alf would have thought this was the stuff of hilarious fantasy, but it is earnestly reported at Stuff as news.

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Don’t knock the bop in all cases

November 27, 2009

Yeah, Alf knows how a good Nat was supposed to vote on the legislation to repeal the use of provocation as a partial defence for murder. But he has more than a sneaking regard for the concerns being expressed in the legal community.

Moreover, he salutes ACT, which was the only party to oppose the repeal bill which passed last night by 116 votes to five.

The legal objections are reported by Stuff.

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Let’s not forget the real victim

September 16, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

Alf is a bit scratchy about the headline writers at the NZ Herald today.

He takes issue with Victims have say at Weatherston sentencing atop the rag’s account of the sentencing of Sophie Elliott’s killer, Clayton Weatherston, who will be banged up at least for 18 years.

After a month-long murder trial in which Weatherston, 33, spent hours bragging about his achievements and attacking the character of his dead victim, he was silenced in the same Christchurch courtroom yesterday while Sophie Elliott’s family had their say.

Ms Elliott’s father Gil stood only a couple of metres away as he told Weatherston he was the “epitome of evil”.

Weatherston glanced upward only briefly, unwilling to hold the gaze of the man he had robbed of a daughter.

But it was Sophie who was the victim in this tragic case.

And she had no say in what happens to the crazy bugger who killed her.

Just a bit more homicide in the Garden City

September 13, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

Alf demands to know when the Sunday rags will stop being so virginally precious about a bit of murder.

A typical example is the Sunday Star-Times headline ‘House of Horrors’ shocks country.

So who determined that the country has been shocked, and how exactly did they measure the shock?

No-one bothered to ask Alf, who was far from shocked.
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Making “life” a long stretch

February 18, 2009

Simon Power has been a busy Minister. He took off his Commerce hat today, after introducing the Securities Disclosure and Financial Advisers Amendment Bill, and put on his Justice hat. Then he introduced legislation that will remove parole eligibility for the worst repeat violent offenders and those convicted of the worst murders.

More specifically, it will ensure that crims who re-offend for a third time and who would otherwise receive a jail term of at least five years will automatically be banged up for “life”, with 25 years non-parole.

“New Zealanders have the right to live without fear or threat of harm from murderers and other violent offenders,” Power said, a sentiment that goes down well with voters in Alf’s neck of the woods.

His media statement explains –

Under the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill, offenders sentenced to five years or more for a violent or sex offence will not be eligible for parole if they have previously received a sentence of five years or more for this type of offending. If they are convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, they will serve the sentence in full and will not be eligible for parole.

“This bill accommodates the parole policies of both the National and ACT parties, and fulfills the National Government’s confidence and supply agreement with the ACT party in this regard,” Mr Power said.

Under existing legislation, when an offender is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, the court must impose a minimum term of at least 10 years.

The Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill will also give courts the option of sentencing the worst murderers to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole – if no minimum term would be sufficient to mark the seriousness of the case.