There are additional calls for the Judge in the Guy Hallright case to step aside as he is out of touch:
The family of a young mother killed by a driver in an unwarranted, unregistered car wants the sentencing judge to step down, saying he has lost touch with society.
Judge Raoul Neave sentenced the driver to nine months’ home detention and told him that to give meaning to Danielle Reeves’ life he should make a success of his own.
Her family said Danielle Reeves’ life already had meaning.
Judge Neave is the same judge who this week sentenced a banker to community service after he ran over a driver during a road rage incident.
Tracy Reeves is now mother to her granddaughter, Kylah. Her own daughter, Kylah’s mum Danielle, was killed in a car accident a year ago.
The young male driver had been trying to prove to her that he could drift his car on a wet night. A month ago he was sentenced to nine months’ home detention by Judge Neave.
“I expected some justice,” says Tracy Reeves. “I wanted him to learn that this behaviour isn’t acceptable. Home detention, nine months – he’s been grounded. It’s disgusting.”
The Judge also foolishly insulted media who are also now calling for him to be held to account:
Judge Neave has also been slated by media commentators since Guy Hallwright’s sentencing, when he described the media as vulgar and claimed it took an unhealthy degree of glee in the misfortune of someone seen to be in a privileged position.
“The judge has become the target now,” says journalist Susan Baldacci. “Frankly from what I’ve seen, and I wasn’t in the courtroom, but from what I have seen, rightfully so.”
“It showed that the judge is completely out of touch with most New Zealanders,” says journalist Bill Ralston.