Some judges, precious few in my opinion, are good, others are crim hugging do-gooders who do more harm than good.
One such do-gooding dud judge has given name suppression to a former cop whose crimes were described by the judge thus:
Judge Tony Zohrab said the victim impact statement made for “distressing reading” and the woman had suffered significant emotional damage because of the offending.
“She describes the nervousness and the fear she feels living in a remote area as a consequence of this incident,” he said.
What was the crime?
A former police officer who carried a woman into bushes and indecently assaulted her has been granted permanent name suppression.
The man, who was not a Nelson officer, appeared in the Nelson District Court for sentencing yesterday on charges of indecently assaulting a woman and performing an indecent act in September 2011.
The man was in Nelson for a colleague’s stag party when he met a woman he went to school with in a bar, said the police summary of facts.
They arranged to meet for a drink after she had finished work.
After the meeting, she offered to drop him off in central Nelson, near Queens Gardens.
As they were saying goodbye the man, who was a police officer at the time, kissed her, forcing his tongue into her mouth and pressing her into the seat.
The woman pushed him off and got out of the car.
He followed, hugged her, picked her up around the waist and carried her into bushes, where he took off his pants and forced her to touch his genitals.
The offending took place on September 24, 2011.
And why did the Judge give this scumbag name suppression?
The judge said name suppression was justified because further publicity about the offending would cause extreme hardship for the defendant’s wife and children.
The man and his wife were in “fragile” mental states following previous criminal proceedings, he said.
“This is one of those situations where a merciful approach should be taken, despite the nature of the offending which reflects poorly on you.” Any details that might identify him were suppressed.
A merciful approach?
The guy is s criminal and hounded and sexually assaulted a woman who now lives in fear with her own fragile state and the judge thinks only of the crim.
We don’t have a justice system…we have a legal system.