They would wouldn’t they

Lawyers are tut-tutting over the fact that people are upset with the molly-coddling of the 16 year old child rapist from Turangi by a Judge.

A judge’s remarks that the teenager accused of raping a 5-year-old girl at a Turangi campground looked “very smart” are not unusual for the Youth Court, lawyers say.

The girl’s parents have urged Judge Jocelyn Munro to consider their daughter’s feelings after the remarks made at a court hearing last week.

“We felt the judge’s comment about the offender’s smart looking [appearance] was out of place,” said a statement from the parents, who are European tourists.

But lawyers who work in the Youth Court say such comments by judges are commonplace and are directed by the law.

“I can understand why the victim’s family could be upset in the circumstances, but I don’t think it’s showing any bias or anything else,” Manukau barrister Kate Leys said. “There’s a statutory requirement upon the court to make sure the young person understands and participates in the proceedings.”

All palaver over his dressing nice and writing a prayer doesn’t take anything away from the fact that he committed very serious adult crimes. Lawyers and Judges are part of the problem here not part of the solution.

To that end some people have created an online petition seeking to have his case moved from the youth court to the District Court. They feel that enough is enough – there is too much violent crime in New Zealand. They are horrified at the reports in the paper and feel would like to do something about this. They are trying to gain 10,000 signatures by Wednesday. With the help of my readers I am sure they can get there.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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