Parole

GPS bracelet proposed for “abysmal” killer of a 17-month-old

via The Press / doesn't look like a child killer, but is one

via The Press / doesn’t look like a child killer, but is one

 

Healy, who was jailed for murdering 17-month-old Christchurch girl Shae Hammond while babysitting in 1997, is to soon be released on parole but subject to a number of restrictions.

That’s despite an “abysmal” performance during her last release before being recalled in 2014.

The Parole Board this week released its reasons for granting parole.

Panel convenor Marion Frater noted Healy’s change of circumstances since this time last year, when she wasn’t seeking parole.

She had undergone intensive psychological counselling and had a strong support network, Ms Frater said.

For the past year she had been working six days a week in a kitchen and completed barista training. Her friends and former employers have offered to re-employ her. Read more »

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The Diamond Center's vault after the robbery.

The Diamond Center’s vault after the robbery.

The Antwerp Diamond Centre Robbery

The Antwerp Diamond Heist, dubbed the “heist of the century,” was the largest diamond heist in history. The thieves stole loose diamonds, gold, and other jewellery valued at more than $100 million. The heist took place in the Antwerp Diamond Centre, located in the centre of the gem district in Antwerp, Belgium.

On February 18th, a group of thieves drove out of a Brussels airport with millions of dollars worth of diamonds and gems. The investigation is ongoing, but this isn’t the first time that the federal authorities in Belgium have had to track down a team of highly sophisticated jewel thieves.

During the weekend in February,  2003, a team of professional thieves carried off what was one of the largest diamond heist of all time. The vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Centre was left open, diamonds and other items of worth scattered along the floor, as it was discovered when the Centre opened for business on Monday morning.

What made this heist so improbable, and so fascinating, was the layers of security measures the thieves had to overcome. For starters, the vaults were two stories beneath the ground, limiting the ways in and out of the area. The Diamond Centre had its own team of security personnel monitoring the area. As they moved closer to the vault, they had to find a way past a lock with more than a million possible combinations, infrared heat detectors, doppler radar, seismic sensors, and a magnetic field wired to sound an alarm if it was disturbed. The vaults should have been impenetrable, so how did the team of thieves walk away with $100 million worth of diamond, cash, and loose gems?

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New law needed for “Kiwi” crims sent “home” from Australia

via Dialy Mail

via Dialy Mail

A new law to impose tougher, parole-like conditions on an influx of Kiwi criminals being deported from Australia is set to be unveiled.

The Government is planning the law change following fears that up to a thousand Kiwi offenders could be forcibly returned to New Zealand, after the Australian government tightened its policy on visa cancellations. …
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Drug dealer ‘Elvis’ has left the country

by Stephen Cook

ONE OF the main players in the high-profile SkyCity P ring has been paroled after serving just half of a 12-year prison sentence.

Di Wu, a 32-year-old Chinese national also known as Elvis, was sentenced in June 2010 to 12 years and six months behind bars after being found guilty by a majority verdict on three methamphetamine supply and conspiracy charges.

The Crown had requested a starting point of 25 years imprisonment.

His conviction came after the fourth trial arising from the police’s year-long Operation Manu, which investigated a multimillion-dollar P ring operating from the VIP lounge of SkyCity casino.

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‘Elvis’ has left the country

The key figure in the gang, Ri Tong Zhou, 41, was jailed for 15 years after admitting more than 30 methamphetamine-related charges including the supply of more than $3 million worth of P in just two months.    Read more »

The Beast of Blenheim and preventative detention

via ODT

via ODT

Convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson will be released from prison again next year.

In statement today, the Parole Board said it saw Wilson today for further consideration of parole and decided to grant it from a date in late March 2015. Read more »

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Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith is likely to have had outside help in planning his escape to Chile while on temporary release, police say.

He may also have been planning his escape for years, authorities say.

Smith left by plane for Chile on a passport previously obtained in his birth name, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 6, the day he was temporarily released from Springhill Prison.

The passport was valid, and therefore there was no reason to stop him at the border.

 

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Stephen Franks lashes a judge for her dodgy 3 strikes ruling

Stephen Franks lambasts a judge over her wonky and dodgy 3 strikes ruling last week.

There has been surprisingly little attention paid to the Court’s decision last Friday not “to order that [a gang murderer] serve a life sentence without parole” despite the judge’s admission that she was “required [by the three strikes law] to order that [he] serve that life sentence without parole” unless it would be manifestly unjust.

She then converted that requirement to find manifest injustice  into the standard pre-three strikes judicial quibbling about disproportionality. With breathtaking ease she slid past a previousmanslaughter to focus on the ‘relatively minor’ nature of the offences that triggered the three strikes law application, managing to take into account also the ’signs that you wish to be more pro-social as noted in the presentence report’ .

She completely turns on its head the law’s intent that offenders get greater certainty about the consequences of offending, noting that the murderer would not have known at the time of the earlier offences of the three strikes certainty.

Judicial naivete at its worst. It is only by applying the law, that offfenders believe that it will be applied. The most clear lesson  from the experience where three strikes certainty was followed by dramatic reductions in offending, was that pitiless certainty finally sent the message to offenders that they could no longer gamble on meeting soft judges and gullible parole boards.

Sensible Sentencing is correct to highlight this judgment in their Judge the Judges website.  But the judge concerned is orthodox.  Judges generally resist punishment as a legitimate and sufficient purpose of sentencing. With Parliamentary sanction they have collectively warped criminal law from doing justice on behalf of victims and the innocent, into a primary role of therapy for the criminological needs of offenders. They do not respect the common sense intuitions of ordinary people. They resent the demand for retributive, incapacitating and deterrent punishment. To them only rehabilitative objectives are truly noble.

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Knowing that their wedding would cause a huge stir in the press, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to use their honeymoon to help champion world peace. On March 25, 1969, five days after their wedding, the duo climbed into the bed of room 902 at the Amsterdam Hilton and called the media. Because of their well known proclivity for appearing in the nude, the press assumed that Ono and Lennon would have sex in front of the cameras. Instead, the two appeared in pyjamas and talked about world peace.

Knowing that their wedding would cause a huge stir in the press, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to use their honeymoon to help champion world peace. On March 25, 1969, five days after their wedding, the duo climbed into the bed of room 902 at the Amsterdam Hilton and called the media. Because of their well known proclivity for appearing in the nude, the press assumed that Ono and Lennon would have sex in front of the cameras. Instead, the two appeared in pyjamas and talked about world peace.

John Lennon’s Killer Calls Himself ‘An Idiot’ At Parole Board Meeting

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Chuck her back in jail, I’m done

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Imagine you were wrongfully convicted of smuggling drugs into a country and spent 9 years in a pretty tough jail by our sorts of standards.  You lose the best years of your life.  On the outside, family, friends and government try to intervene and and you are finally paroled under strict conditions.

Pressure is building in Indonesia for Schapelle Corby to have her parole revoked after Indonesia’s deputy justice minister said she may have been “sneaking around the law” in her appearance on Australia’s Seven Network on Sunday.

The Corby family and Seven producers believed they would not be in breach of the Indonesian law if the Sunday Night exclusive did not include an interview with Corby herself.

But Nasir Jamil, a member of Komisi III, the parliament’s justice and human rights committee, said Mercedes Corby doing the interview was “basically the same thing”.   Read more »

Good, stop in jail for some more time

A scumbag killer has been denied parole…again…for the seventh time.

The NZ Herald reports.

One of New Zealand’s most sadistic killers is still refusing to accept responsibility for elements of his crime.

Hayden Taylor has spent more than 17 years in jail, serving dual sentences of life imprisonment and preventive detention after murdering pregnant teenager Nicola Rankin in September 1996 while on bail for raping former street worker Amanda Watt.

Taylor was denied parole at a Parole Board hearing earlier this month.  Read more »

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