A convicted sex offender, Zane McVeigh, led the Wellington police on a brief chase yesterday after removing his electronic bracelet.
It was believed there were still 19 people evading the authorities after removing their devices.
Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar said the monitoring system had systemic problems, and was putting the public at risk.
“It was always going to happen when they started expanding the use of it,” he said.
“Ultimately, really we don’t have an option but to use prison more for those violent offenders, and those that are just going to give their middle fingers to the system.”
That’s the scary thing. We have known sex offenders in the community. I say known, but of course we’re not allowed to know who they are. It’s a total secret. Could be the next person you meet. Read more »