Another Dud Judge

If there is more violence, injury and tragedy in this case then the person responsible will be Judge Peter Spiller.

A Hamilton mother is furious that a man accused of repeatedly assaulting her pregnant daughter has been granted bail.

Jo Pallesen fears it is just a matter of time before Blair Corrie Slater, 24, ends her daughter Nicole Carley’s life. The Women’s Refuge is concerned, too, and want Miss Carley, 27, placed in a safe house. Police also want her in hiding.

Miss Carley says it’s not fair that she is the one whose life has to be turned upside down when she has done nothing wrong.

“I’ve already moved house and changed my cellphone number and [somehow] he’s got my new cellphone number and I can’t keep changing it because I have to deal with police, the courts, daycare, plunket, doctor, and everything else as well. I have done nothing wrong but I’m the one being treated like the bad person.”

But Miss Carley, who has two children with Slater and is 27 weeks pregnant with a third, had to be taken to hospital on Monday after he allegedly grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground. 

Mrs Pallesen and Miss Carley were horrified when Judge Peter Spiller granted Slater bail in relation to Monday’s alleged attack – for which he faces charges of assault with intent to injure, burglary, breach of protection order and common assault.

“When I heard . . . I wanted to walk from the hospital and go down to the court house and say ‘What’s wrong with you?’ I was so furious,” Mrs Palleson told the Waikato Times yesterday.

“But there’s nothing I can do. I just wanted to say to him, ‘What if it was your daughter? Pregnant or not, how would you feel, would you be comfortable with him out?’.”

Sadly this type of ludicrous decision is all too common and why Judges should be held accountable for poor bail decisions that place the community at risk.  As much as the new bail law toughened up some areas of bail, non-performing Judges like Judge Spiller will continue to put the public at risk where Judges still have a high degree of discretion.  This decision is clearly wrong to any reasonable member of the public, let alone the Judiciary – this offender has a history of violence and non-compliance and we now have a pregnant victim injured and in hospital. Bail should have been denied.

Police and the victim opposed the bail and the alleged offender’s previous behaviour indicates non-compliance, and yet unbelievably Judge Spiller grants bail to within view of the victims house!

This ratbag has been committing violent offences since he was a teenager. In 2005 he was sentenced to 3 years for aggravated robbery when aged 16. His current charges are in one set 3 x breach protection order, 1 assault female, 2x assault intent to injure and in another set of charges 2x common assault (domestic), 1 breach protection order, 1 assault intent to injure, 1 other burglary (other property).

He is a violent ratbag that needs to have his access to sunlight removed.

The decision needs to be appealed and reversed quickly and this Judge needs professional development.

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