Another good policy initiative from the Act party.
They want to extend 3 strikes to thieving ratbags.
Audrey Young reports:
Burglars would be sent to prison for a minimum of three years without parole on the third burglary conviction under new policy announced today by Act leader Jamie Whyte.
It would be a separate regime to the current three strikes law which requires a judge to sentence a convicted offender of a third serious violent crime to the maximum sentence without parole.
Act was responsible for the original three strikes law.¬† Read more »
Someone somewhere funds this crap.
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures – on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis – are likely to produce more crime.
The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests global warming will trigger more US crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as US$115 billion.
Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.¬† Read more »
The NZ Herald has this headline:
But upon reading the story you find that there wasn’t actually a police chase.
One person is dead and another seriously injured after a car fled police in Greymouth last night.
A police patrol saw a white Subaru station wagon being driven south along High St at high speed around 11pm. The constable turned on his lights and siren and pulled out to follow the vehicle. The driver did not stop.
High St veers left about 600 metres from where the vehicle was first seen and the officer quickly lost sight of the car.
When he came around the bend he found the car had crashed into a house on the left hand side of the street.
There were three people in the vehicle. One died at the scene and a second was trapped inside the vehicle for some time and suffered serious injuries. The third person suffered only minor injuries.
There was significant damage to the house, however no one was home at the time.¬† Read more »
The Maritime Union of Australia has shown what a bunch of thugs they are by helping gangs affected by Campbell Newman’s crackdown on bikies.
THE Queensland premier says union members will be upset to learn their money is being used to bankroll a court challenge against his anti-bikie laws.
The Maritime Union of Australia and a group aligning itself with the Electrical Trades Union have given $5000 and $10,000 to the United Motorcycle Council’s fighting fund, The Courier-Mail reports.
MUA state secretary Mick Carr told the paper the donation was made to help bring down laws that are not restricted to bikies.
Premier Campbell Newman said union members would be rightly upset by the revelation.
“I think many hard working union members would be unhappy about their money being used to bankroll criminals,” he wrote on Twitter.¬† Read more »
When it comes to the 9 year old drunk kid, Steve Kilgallon continues the media’s focus on anything but the real problem. ¬†Today, a piece on the poor disenfranchised father
The father of the nine-year-old Hamilton boy caught on video drunk at a skatepark says police have made no contact with him over their investigation and he plans to lodge an official complaint about their behaviour.
The father, who is in a custody dispute with his former partner over the boy and his four siblings, said he was deeply frustrated that he’d had no contact from police investigating the incident, or from Child Youth and Family…
…”Nobody has got in touch with me, not CYFS, not even the police – they have not even told me a thing. I reckon it is their job, their responsibility to tell both parents [of the progress of the investigation], and if they are not going to do their job properly, I am going to take it higher.
“It is really frustrating, I get frustrated every time I think about it. I’d like to ask them why they haven’t spoken to me, they know where I am.”
Now, I don’t want to speculate about “the father”, and how he came to be an absentee father in the first place, but the whole ‘poor me’, ‘look at me’, ‘all I want is my kids’, ‘why isn’t anyone calling me’ routine is personal grandstanding. ¬† Read more »
Part of the local Helensville extended crime family, this piece of work is a poster child for how to waste a life
Helensville Police are seeking to locate 19 year-old Levi Hemana.
On Monday afternoon as a 39 year-old Helensville man mowed his lawns, Hemana is alleged to have driven past, accompanied by a 17 year-old associate. As their car passed the man looked at Hemana, who allegedly took exception to this. Hemana allegedly stopped the vehicle, got out and said “what are you looking at?” before challenging the victim to a fight and threatening him.
Police say he then got back in his car and drove away. The victim got in his own car and followed the vehicle towards Parakai to try and capture the number plate. The car parked outside a liquor shop and the victim attempted to take a photo of the car rego with his cell phone but was seen by Hemana, who then allegedly ran towards the victim with a golf club, striking the victim’s car and smashing the windscreen.
“allegedly”. ¬†nudge nudge, wink wink.
Seriously, this prime crime specimen needs to dealt to before he takes care of more business. ¬† Read more »
Human Rights Commission and Judges the world over are earnest well-meaning twats who just get things dreadfully wrong…most of the time.
Mostly though they are meddlers taking on cases with little merit and in the case of New Zealand sticking up for convicted paedophiles and former bankrupts.
In the UK the¬†European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is impinging on sentencing with their daft rulings on behalf of poor hard done by ratbags and scumbags serving lengthy sentences. The Tory government is moving to run one up that little effort.
Murderers and other serious criminals could be given US-style jail sentences lasting hundreds of years to get round a European human rights ban on whole-life terms, The Telegraph can disclose.
Ministers are considering a change in sentencing rules to allow judges to rule that offenders should spend decades and even hundreds of years in jail.
The plan is part of the UK Government‚Äôs ongoing confrontation with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The proposed change to sentencing comes as Conservative ministers prepare to publish the party‚Äôs proposals to overhaul the UK‚Äôs human rights laws.
They will suggest reforms to ensure Britain‚Äôs Supreme Court is the final arbiter on human right cases, not the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Current English law allows judges to impose ‚Äúwhole life‚ÄĚ tariffs, effectively sentencing a criminal to die in jail.
However, the Strasbourg court said last year that such sentences are a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, because there was no possibility of a “right to review”.
The court ruling means at least one multiple murderer has avoided a whole-life sentence.
The Government is considering its response to the ruling on whole life tariffs.¬† Read more »
This is the standard defence of Kim Dotcom¬†from his apologists and publicists and biographers…it goes something like this.
He is not storing the files, he is providing space with a set of rules to be used. The users of that space have a choice to follow the rules or not and store legitimate data or store illegal files etc.
He receives take down notices and acts on them. What else is he supposed to do?
Would you like Google to shut down as well?
Followed by this:
What do you mean by theft and copyright infringement? Do you also wish for the owners of YouTube to be lynched for providing a medium of copyright infringement? Or are you referring to the false accusations of years ago? About the trial that the US has delayed numerous times, assumingly because they have no real evidence against him after illegally stealing his property under no warrant after bribing Key? Again, I can tell your hearts are in the right place, but your government is the true enemy of the people. NZ, US, wherever. They’re all tyrannies, US especially. ¬† Read more »
Depsite the best efforts of the opposition to talk down everything in New Zealand things are on the turn and not in a way that they would like.
Lindsay Mitchell has listed ten indicators of positive change.
Tasers and training are credited with a double-digit drop in assaults against police.
Recorded offences against police dropped more than 20% between 2009-10 and 2012-13, figures released under the Official Information Act figures reveal.
The number of infants dying suddenly has dropped but the rate is still too high, officials say.
In 2012, 36 infants died of cot death or sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This is down from 55 deaths in 2008. ¬†¬† Read more »