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Phillip Smith with a virtual hair piece to give him back his dignity

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Err, just Phillip Smith with a virtual hair piece.


Convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith is on a hunger strike at Auckland Prison – claiming his dignity is being taken away, his lawyer says.

Tony Ellis, said Smith, who was recaptured after absconding from temporary release last month and fleeing to Brazil, said his client has been denied access to his possessions.

Ellis said Smith had been assessed by the prison as being at risk of harming himself, which Smith disputed.

“He may have been [a risk to himself] three days ago, who knows, but he didn’t look like he was today.

Smith was being kept in a “depressing” environment where he was “dressed in a hospital-type gown, his hair piece has been taken away, his glasses, there’s nothing in the cell, no toilet, reading matter, writing matter, no tv or radio, there’s nothing in there.”

“It is very depressing when you’re put in a cell that’s not quite sensory deprivation but not far from it, it’s complete boredom and that’s because he’s supposed to be at risk,” Ellis said.

Ellis has asked the prison to reassess Smith’s risk to himself, but did not know how long he planned to continue the hunger strike.

Smith had told Ellis he was on a hunger strike because the conditions he had been put in had stripped him of his dignity.

“It’s a difficult thing to go on hunger strike, it needs an awful lot of willpower and internal strength,” Ellis said.

– Stuff

I really only have one thing to say. At least give him a book. Is it possible to kill yourself with a book? I wouldn’t think so but I guess a determined person could try to choke to death on the pages as I saw it done in an episode of Prisoner years ago.

Look at the bright side Phillip, at least in New Zealand you have a room to yourself. Manipulating the system here may not be as easy this time round. Best you adjust and quickly.


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  • intelligentes candida diva

    “….denied access to his possessions…”

    Think on this you murdering pedo

    You denied a boy his
    psychological freedom
    sexual sanctity

    You denied a family their right of a future together

    You denied a man his life.

    You talk of dignity you dont have any to be denied it

    • Justsayn

      If they took his glasses away I suspect they don’t permit internet access – agree with the sentiment though. If he wants to hunger strike it saves us paying for his meals.

  • steve and monique

    Maybe a copy of Dirty politics could keep him company. Otherwise suck it up cupcake, you are going to be there a while.

    • Cadwallader

      I hadn’t before made any form of connection between the prisoner and Mr Hagar….that’s something to ponder throughout the day!

      • steve and monique

        Neither. Just a boring read.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    This comment I have to make comment on then Im done

    “It’s a difficult thing to go on hunger strike, it needs an awful lot of willpower and internal strength,” Ellis said.

    Of course it does Mr Ellis, just like it took him the same to be self serving to meet his own previous ends sexually abusing a child and murdering the childs father!! Please Mr Ellis, any person with common sense knows that. You forgot to add on its a form of emotional manipulation which your client is highly skilled at.
    I wish he had been left over in Brazil

    • Curious

      I agree wholeheartedly with your words. I don’t care about his dignity or his wellbeing. He ruined a families life and there has to be a price to pay for this.

      I only ask the media, and I am afraid this does include Whaleoil, to think about printing anything on this lowlife as all he wants is the publicity so he can regain the feelings he had when abusing the boy (he still is by being in the news). Starve him of the one thing he craves…publicity. Please do this for the victim.

  • dumbshit

    “possessions” that were possibly procured with funds obtained by fraud from WINZ, spare me

    • Salacious Crumb

      Proceeds of crime in other words. The law is very specific what happens to those.

  • conwaycaptain

    Let him have books to read and that is it

    • Cadwallader

      Lonely Planet Guides?
      i.e. South America: How to get there.

      • Chris Chitens

        FHM: girls of Brazil

        • Cadwallader

          This guy may be more interested in: “Boys of Brazil.” I think that was the nmae of a film about Nazis in hiding.

    • Wheninrome

      Self Improvement and Self Awareness books, there are myriads of Self Help books out there.

  • Pete

    The bastard should be swinging from the end of a rope as far as I’m concerned.

    My rage has overwhelmed my self censorship on this occasion.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I nearly went there too Pete, but know people like him enjoy when they drive people emotions … deep breathe!!!!

      • Watcher

        That is true, but bear in mind that if he cant have a book to read, he sure as apples wont have an electronic medium to read Petes comment, which I entirely and utterly agree with by the way.

    • Edward Bufe

      Swinging from a rope is not a good enough sentence for this piece of slime. There is no pain involved with the sentence of hanging someone, there is no time to contemplate over the pain they had forced on others to endure. Maybe the wrack would be a more appropriate sentence. Oh and the word bastard should not be used, as I know lots of bastards and they are good people and it was not their fault they were born out of wedlock.

  • john Doe

    Pay back the money you defrauded from the system and the cost to get you back into the country…then you can have your hair piece back.

  • Bart67

    It’s nice that he’s trying to offset the cost of returning him from South America by saving money on feeding him. Does anyone know how long he will have to go without food to fully repay the costs outlaid to repatriate him? Airfares for himself and the return airfares of the policemen sent to get him home, plus accommodation used by said policemen, that could take months to pay back.

    I think that Phillip Smith should go for it!

    • Reaper

      Unfortunately it won’t save the taxpayer a dime. I have met someone who is regularly the recipient of some of the extraordinary amount of food a prison throws away each month – apparently prisons massively over-order food otherwise they get their food budgets cut. Go figure.

  • Billythekid

    He looks like he could lose weight, so best he continues to skeletal form, then less to cremate at the end of his sorry life.

  • I’ve figured it out. These are the sort of safe books he can have:

    • zotaccore

      Perhaps the Labour Party policy book or manifesto will be enough to really punish him.

      • Liberty

        The “Bath book” would be more intellectually stimulating
        than a Labour manifesto.

  • ozbob68

    He complains about a lack of dignity. If he was in the good old U S of A, they would have removed his oxygen and pulse privileges as well, so he should be grateful he lives here.

    • Albert Lane

      I wonder how long it will take for New Zealand to re-instate the death penalty for the most serious of crimes? What can people like Smith ever contribute to NZ society? So why should NZ society continue to support people like him? However, on the other side of the argument, I understand that historically, the death penalty has not been regarded as a deterrent to those who commit serious crimes, so perhaps a life sentence should really mean “whole of life”. That might prove to be the deterrent we require.

  • All this talk of a hunger strike is attention seeking behaviour – he won’t last long. Fortunately he seems to have an absolute wet blanket of a lawyer so won’t get much in the way of representation. Leave him rotting in his own ordure for a while – whatever his conditions here, they’ll be a sight better than a Brazilian jail. There was some debate yesterday about people being labelled a sociopath/psychopath – now here we have an nasty piece of work who really does qualify for an extreme form of personality disorder. Throwaway remarks of Little in accusing Cam of being a sociopath simply don’t stand up when compared to the real thing!
    Let’s hope he lives and dies where he is. He will never be any use to anyone out of jail and will harm someone again if he doesn’t get his own way.

  • rantykiwi

    He’s worried about his hairpiece?

    Listen up Phil – you’re locked up on your own for 95% of the day and this isn’t going to change during the rest of your life. The only visitor you’re likely to get is your shyster mate, and you’re really not his type so you don’t need to be attractive when he’s around. And the other inmates aren’t going to care how bald you are when they offer you the usuaul comlimentary rehabilitation programme they reserve specially for pedophiles.

    Overall, not having a hairpiece is a pretty good outcome for you – if public opinion was applied to your personal circumstances you’d be far worse off.

  • Was he thinking of the dignity of the young man whom he sexually abused, or the man’s father whom he murdered?

    Smith needs to stop being such a drama queen, and face the fact that he has no one to blame for his predicament but himself. Maybe he and Clayton Weatherston would be good cell-mates.

  • James Growley

    I’m just waiting for our crim hugging HRC to serve the prison with a writ of Habeas Corpus so they can take the mongrel out for lunch at the French Cafe.

  • Wendy

    Its like a four year old who says they are going to hold his/her breath till they die if they don’t get their own way.

    Response: “That’s nice Dear”.

  • Kimbo

    He presents an incredibly strong case for involuntary euthanasia.

  • ElZorrodePlata

    It’s prison, not a health spa. Another example showing that there is an element in society who champion the rights of the criminal over those of the victim(s). These criminals are put away because they made a concious decision to break the law knowing full well if they are caught that they would be incarcerated. They are not motorists exceeding the speed limit by 1kph, they did not “lie” about their tax returns, they did not “forget” to indicate whilst changing lanes on the motorway, they committed a serious crime and the courts have dealt out a “fair” sentence based on the nature of the crime.
    According to scientific research, people like him, do have a chemical imbalance that is very easy to remedy. It’s a simple formula, made up of a a small delivery container of Cu encapsulating a smaller dose of Pb. Though is formula is cheap (roughly $3.50 per dose) the real key to an effective dosage is delivering it at a significant velocity. After the dose, all the other issues simply aren’t there any more.

    • Kimbo

      The “element” you mention are government employees who without scumbags like this to house, clothe feed and pamper on a daily basis would find themselves removed from the trough and effectively unemployed.

  • Should go in a nil-by-mouth totally. Without water he’d be all over rover in no time at all. Just stopping eating but still drinking is a claytons way to protest.

  • Wannabee

    Oh come on it could be worse. He could be chained to the wall upside down like the guy in ‘ life of Brian’.

  • Sooty

    Did the taxpayer front up for his wig.

    • Albert Lane

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to deprive him of something important that would raise his self-esteem.

  • oh boo hoo – the only people mental enough to care about his welfare are his legal aid troughing lawyer and the greens.
    If he really wants to prove a point then he can starve himself to death – but i doubt he has the stones to actually do that
    should give him a nice thick rope – he can choose whether to weave it into a new wig, eat it, or put it to a more constructive use that would save the taxpayer some money

  • Jim460

    We get to save some money on the catering. Excellent.

  • Muzman349

    Can I suggest that he gets access to Whaleoil where he will get all the support he needs to continue with his hunger strike, and so end his time early. Yahoo.

  • Justsayn

    He has a wig? Was wearing it when he “escaped”, and was wearing it when he was caught?! The idiot could not even be bothered to “disguise” himself by take a wig off. He didn’t don a disguise at all but instead he went out of his way to be recognisable! What a complete fool.

    • ex-JAFA

      More vain than brain.

  • You can smother yourself with a hair piece. Glasses can be smashed to slit your wrist. You can electrocute yourself with a TV. You can drown yourself in a toilet. Writing implements are out, you can stab a guard with a pen. I will give him a book, Good Night Mr Toms should be ok. Other than that it sounds like the prison has simply taken the best care of him that they could.

  • Edward Bufe

    He does not deserve dignity in life or in death. All that was forfeited the the moment he committed those selfless acts of violence to his victims. What is wrong with us today that these peodofiles and murderers can demand resepest for their civil rights and we give it too them, that is a of load of toss.