A dud judge

This ratbag fraudster never said sorry, when the judge commented on it her lawyer said she’d advised her of the advantages of writing a letter but couldn’t make her do it.

The dud judge then said if she wrote a letter of remorse she would avoid jail, so naturally she did.

A Hamilton judge gave a Cambridge woman a get out of jail free card today after asking her to write him a letter of remorse expressing how sorry she was for ripping off taxpayers of nearly $200,000.

Raewyn Gail Dudeck, also known as Raewyn Cartwright, Fox and Gillies, was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to the maximum of 12 months’ home detention for fraudulently claiming a total of $194,106 after claiming multiple benefits over 10 years.

Judge Peter Spiller also sentenced Dudeck to 150 hours’ community work and issued her a final warning.  

Dudeck now claims the dubious title of Waikato’s worst benefit fraudster, after overtaking Sandra Epere, 52, who was last year sentenced for claiming more than $186,075 over 19 years after claiming a benefit while married.

As he was about to sentence 46-year-old Dudeck, Judge Spiller noticed that although he’d received character references from her friends, there was no remorse letter from Dudeck herself.

Dudeck’s lawyer, Melissa James, said she had explained the advantages of writing a letter of remorse to the judge, but she was not in the ”practice of making clients” write letters and it should be received of their own volition.

But Judge Spiller took it one step further by standing the matter down briefly and telling her that if she wrote him a letter she would not go to prison.

So even when her own brief told her it would look good to write a letter she couldn’t be arsed doing it, and this dud judge is so stupid he thinks a letter she wrote with a gun to her head is in some way a genuine expression of remorse.

Thank you for administering a wet bus ticket to the wrist of Waikato’s worst benefit fraudster, on behalf of all tax-payers.

Instead of the community work I’m surprised he didn’t make her write 100 lines on the blackboard. I also note it was her “final warning” so she must have previous of some sort.

When are these dud judges going to be held to account for their cavalier approach to sentencing hideous cheating trolls?


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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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