Why not? Put her in debtors prison

Why do ratbags cry poverty after they have stolen $100,000…they should all of the assets seized and again I see no reason why we can’t have a debtors prison for ratbags like the woman who nicked $100,000 from Women’s Refuge and pretty much got away with it because a dud judge fell for the sob story.

A gambling-addicted former Women’s Refuge manager who cheated the charity out of more than $100,000 won’t have to pay it back. Nor will she go to jail.

Kathryn Rora May Grant – known as Kathy Apiata – has been let off returning most of the cash because she is on a sickness benefit and it would take her 50 years to repay the debt.

Grant, 52, was sentenced to nine months’ home detention on two counts of theft at the Waitakere District Court last week. The Crown had asked for up to four years’ jail. 

It had also sought reparation of $89,000 – the money still outstanding from her prolonged thieving, which forced the branch she worked at to close. Instead, Grant was ordered to repay just $15,000 to Women’s Refuge at a rate of $36 per week.

Judge Heather Simpson said normally she would order the full amount to be paid back, but when Grant’s lawyer pointed out that would take 50 years, she reduced the amount. “As a person on a limited income, I am not prepared to order you to pay the full amount. It’s not realistic.”

It will take Grant eight years to repay $15,000.


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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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