Repeat drunk driver won’t be deported


Of course he won’t.  It’s all about catching us 1 km/h over the limit, and not actually dealing with the real problems that kill people on our road.

A recidivist drink driver who drunkenly ploughed into two young girls on a suburban street has successfully fought deportation after arguing it would be unduly harsh to separate him from his sick wife.

Fereti Aiono, 29, was jailed in July 2012 after he hit two girls then aged 11 and 7 who were walking along a suburban Manurewa street.

Aiono, travelling at speed, went off the road after he swerved to avoid another vehicle. The girls were flung over a fence by the impact and received serious injuries.

The younger girl was in a coma for 10 days and in hospital for months.

Police estimated Aiono’s speed in the 50kmh zone to be up to 93kmh. He had been disqualified from driving less than a month before, also for drink driving.

Aiono tried to drive his car from the crash scene but it was too damaged so he fled on foot.

He was sentenced to two years, 10 months in prison and after his release he was to be deported to his native Samoa.

Aiono appealed to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal saying that he had no home or job in Samoa and his wife would not go with him as she was a New Zealand citizen who was sick with rheumatic fever. She required a monthly penicillin injection and she would have to pay the full rate if she moved to Samoa with him.

Two of his four children also had medical issues, the tribunal was told. Aiono told the tribunal he took “a hard look at himself” while in prison – losing 50kg and recognising his alcoholism.

The tribunal said Aiono had a close relationship with his children and a “strong and healthy relationship” with his wife.

via Stuff

via Stuff

It said that deportation would “bring those family relationships to an end” and therefore deporting would be “unjust and unduly harsh”.

The tribunal also ruled that due to Aiono’s “low to low-moderate” risk of re-offending it would not be contrary to the public interest to allow him to remain in New Zealand.

The deportation order was quashed though due to the “residual risk” of alcoholism, the order was suspended for five years, dependent on Aiono not receiving another conviction in the period.

The suspended order “should also serve as a signal to the appellant that the New Zealand public will not tolerate him falling again,” the tribunal said.

What do you have to do to get kicked out of the country for being a total drop kick?   His family can go back to Samoa too.  It’s not as if they are kept apart for the rest of their lives.

This sort of things makes me sick.

It sends all the wrong messages to penalise someone for a 51 k/hr speeding ticket while at the same time letting a guy who cashed into a girl causing a ten day coma off the hook.


– Ian Steward, Stufff

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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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