Another bad judge lets a killer loose

Another unnamed Judge has allowed a man accused of killing his kid to abscond on bail. How he got bail in the first place is beyond me.

A South Auckland man accused of murdering his two-year-old stepdaughter has failed to appear in court, prompting a judge to order his arrest.

Michael Martin had been due to appear in the High Court in Auckland charged with murder in relation to the death of Leilani Mary Jane Lotonu’u-Lorigan.

The 23-year-old was granted bail following his arrest last year. 

Leilani died on June 10, 2012, at a Housing New Zealand home in Manurewa she lived at with her mother, her baby sister, Miami, and Martin.

Martin’s lawyer told the court she had repeatedly tried to contact both Martin and his mother prior to the hearing, with no luck.

Letters were unanswered and a phone call hung up on, the lawyer said.

Justice Brewer ordered Martin’s arrest, and issued a warrant. He will appear before the court as soon as he is apprehended by police.

How many cases does Crusher and co need to see that Judges and bail laws are failing us all?


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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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