A good judge

They are few and far between, good judges, but here is one:

A prisoner with a lengthy violent history whose freedom from prison lasted only a matter of hours has had his bid for bail thrown out.

Good.

Judge Russell Callander – who also sits on the Parole Board – said he was familiar with Whichman’s case.

“We didn’t think he would last long and in fact, he has lasted less than a day.” 

Whichman’s lawyer Peter Eastwood asked that his client be bailed to his family member’s home on a 24-hour curfew.

But Crown prosecutor Anna Longdill said Whichman’s pleas for bail had already been turned down four times.

Mr Eastwood said his understanding was that a previous judge had indicated there may be a “window” for Whichman to get bail.

Judge Callander replied: “There will be no window for Mr Whichman.”

At that point Whichman called out to the judge and asked if he would be getting bail.

Judge Callander responded: “No way”.

Whichman said he did not deserve to be in prison. “I believe I should get a second chance from, Your Honour,” he said.

Judge Callander answered: “You’re not getting a second chance from me … You are your own worst enemy.

Sounds like a bloody good judge…we need more like him.

 


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  • Agent BallSack

    Bloody Oath, make this guy Chief Justice of NZ and start weeding out the pinko ex defence lawyers that seem to think proven criminals are merely misunderstood miscreants. Judge Raoul Neave, this means YOU.

  • island time

    Callander is full of common sense!!!

  • Michael

    While I applaud the Judge for his decision in this hearing, there is something that is troubling me.

    The Judge, who is on the Parole Board, granted that violent offender parole, even though the Judge admitted the Parole Board “didn’t think he would last long” before committing a crime. So the Parole Board have a violent criminal in front of them, and they think he will commit a violent crime if they give him parole. So what do they do? They give him parole. Why?

    • GregM

      He didn’t have a choice. The shitbag had served his maximum and had to be let out.
      Judge Callander is a good bastard who often does this type of thing.

  • Jonathan P

    Straight to the point, upholding the law and protecting the rest of society.
    That’s all we ask of our judges.
    Another good one in the ranks.

  • johnbronkhorst

    “A prisoner with a lengthy violent history whose freedom from prison lasted only a matter of hours has had his bid for bail thrown out.”

    “I believe I should get a second chance from, Your Honour,” he said.
    You already had your 2nd chance…bozo You were let out and you blew it.

  • Mr_Blobby

    My Hero, my question is how as he managed to survive this long and not be turned on by his pears.

    Concur with a previous comment line him up for the job of Chief Justice, He gets my vote. Wait I don’t get a vote or a say or even have my opinions heard.

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