Labour and Greens confirm they love crims

Labour and the Greens have confirmed that they will be looking at running hug-a-crim policies at the next election:

Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party all say they would repeal or alter the three-strikes legislation after the issuing of a second strike to Hastings man Elijah Whaanga.

Whaanga, 21, was sentenced to two years’ jail and issued with his second strike by Judge Tony Adeane in the Napier District Court on April 18 after pleading guilty to two charges of aggravated robbery.

The offences involved Whaanga and an accomplice attacking victims on two occasions last August.

In one, Whaanga took a skateboard, hat and cigarette lighter from the victim after trying unsuccessfully to remove the victim’s jacket.

The second involved Whaanga kicking the victim in his leg and taking his hat and cellphone. 

Aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ prison, can involve a robbery that causes the victim grievous bodily harm, robbery while armed with an offensive weapon, or robbery with an accomplice.

Whaanga, who now has 20 convictions as an adult, was given his first strike in 2010 for a violent aggravated robbery for which he was jointly charged.

He must now serve his sentence of two years without parole. If he is issued with a third strike, a judge must impose the maximum penalty without parole unless the court believes that would be manifestly unjust.

What is unjust is that this 21 year old career criminal was able to commit more than 20 offences. He is a violent thug and should be spending much more time in jail or breaking rocks.

Critics say the controversial three-strikes legislation was meant for the very worst criminals. It was not appropriate for Whaanga, but the law meant Judge Adeane had no option but to issue the sentence he did, they say.

However, Justice Minister Judith Collins said Whaanga’s case showed the law was working as intended.

The law is working exactly as intended. Whaanga is a violent criminal, he may not be one of the worst but he is one of the more stupid, not learning the consequences of his actions.

What is clear now though is that voters have a choice. A National government committed to locking up recidivst violent criminals or a Labour/Green coalition who believe that crims should be roaming the streets.


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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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