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.


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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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.

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