Two young men told a judge that they reoffended because their life is better behind bars.
Christopher Blackley, 21, and Nathan Graham, 17, appeared side-by-side in the dock at Palmerston North District Court yesterday on charges relating to burglaries in Feilding last year.
Judge Gerard Lynch sentenced Blackley to five years and nine months prison on charges of burglary and escaping police custody. There were also two counts of aggravated robbery.
Blackley had earlier been sentenced to six months imprisonment on September 13, for his 14th and 15th burglary convictions, but was released from Manawatu Prison on October 27. By October 30 he was breaking the law again.
Quite a few changes needed here. First up Prison needs to be worse than life ont he outside. Secondly panty-waist liberals need to stop hugging career criminals.
It is clear that some of the criminal class should just be locked up and forgotten about. These two probably fit that category.
His lawyer Fergus Steedman said Blackley had experienced a tough life growing up in Feilding.
“When he was 12 his mother had to choose between him or her new partner, and she chose her new partner. He was left with no-one and placed into CYF care for three years. He always knew he was gay. This also made life harder for him.
“He said to me that sadly life on the inside is easier than life on the outside. Life on the outside … he never really had anything or anyone.”
Co-offender Graham, who is said to be affiliated with the Manawatu/Tararua Mongrel Mob, was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment on a count of wilful damage, a count of burglary, and a count of aggravated robbery. The charge of wilful damage occurred at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison in September last year when he smashed glass and broke lights in his cell.
His lawyer Peter Coles said he had grown up in a life of crime, with both of his parents and his mother’s partner having criminal records.
Mr Coles said Graham had also stated things were better for him in prison as there was nowhere for him to go in the real world.
I can’tÂ believeÂ he pulled the gay card as one of the reasons for his career in robbery. The excuses for their life of crime are pathetic. If they like prison so much then might I suggest a nice long stretch breaking rocks.
That’s where Crusher comes in, because the liberal panty-waists, like a certainÂ thirdÂ rate conveyancing lawyer from, ironically, Â a small town in the Manawatu won’t want career criminals doing hard things like breaking rocks.