Crown Appeals sentence of granny basher – “manifestly inadequate and wrong in principle”

The Crown is appealing the pathetic sentence handed down by dud judge Phillippa Cunningham on a scum granny basher.

It’s a real shame a long drop off a short rope isn’t available anymore.

The Crown has appealed against a sentence of home detention for a man who attacked an 81-year-old woman, breaking her hip and disabling her for the rest of her life.

Darren Murphy Fidow was 18 and on bail facing burglary charges when he robbed Patricia Sutcliffe at a Massey shopping centre in 2011.

Fidow ran up behind Mrs Sutcliffe as she walked to her car and tackled her to the ground before wrenching her handbag off her badly broken arm.

Mrs Sutcliffe, now 83, was in hospital for more than three months, is in constant pain and can no longer walk without a crutch. 

Last month Judge Phillippa Cunningham sentenced Fidow to nine months’ home detention for the attack. The maximum penalty for aggravated robbery is 14 years’ jail but he is serving his home detention at a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

However he could still serve jail time – which Mrs Sutcliffe supported.

The Herald can reveal that on Monday the Crown filed a notice of appeal regarding Fidow’s sentence.

“The grounds of appeal are that the sentence is manifestly inadequate and wrong in principle,” said Crown Law spokeswoman Jan Fulstow.

When can we have a system where judges are held accountable for their dud decisions?


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  • johnbronkhorst

    No No I feel that you must only incarcerate this young man for 1/2 an hour……………………. in a small dark room………………..with me…………………….. and a baseball bat!

    • Dave

      Happy to assist John, will pay for bright lights and heavy metal music blaring 24/7 for his first year. He should also serve time doing community service in an old folks home, shit cleaner, while chained to a post !!

      • Pissedoffyouth

        Bright lights and heavy metal? Sounds like a gig out West

        • Dave

          Only one good gig out west PoY, the Springs, especially when the Speedway was on, now the Fun and PC Police have stopped that as well.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Why just you. Very marketable idea, there would be no shortage of people willing to pay per 1/2 hour for a game of Whac-A-Mole.

      • johnbronkhorst

        That’s a good idea…we could franchise it, go global and make a fortune. Because I hear this kind of stupid judge is not confined to NZ.

        • Dave

          I think your on to something there John. WaM could be run as an add on to the local Paint ball business, same thing but with real purpose. First 15 minutes each day goes to the highest bidder, then open bookings. First days bashings reserved for the victim and their family, 50% of the takings go to the victim.

  • spollyike

    She was the useless judge that let that comedian off wasn’t she?

    • Rockfield

      Correct, stupid bint.

  • JonathanP

    “When can we have a system where judges are held accountable for their dud decisions?”

    The same day that ALL dodgy politicians are held accountable.

  • OneTrack

    Maybe he told a few jokes in court? Told her he was trying to get into the business?

  • rightoverlabour

    Mafia, this country needs the Mafia. Sort out the perp and the judge.

  • Jman

    Judge Phillippa Cunningham needs to go. Her name comes up too often with these pathetic bleeding heart sentences. She insults every one of us, as members of New Zealand society, when she denies us proper justice for these criminals.

  • Blair Mulholland

    I’m telling you, elected Judges… the problem will magically go away when a Judge has to face the electorate.

  • David

    This disgraceful and cowardly attack deserves far more than home detention. Anyone who attacks a defenceless 81-year-old woman should be locked away for a long, long time.