Baldy McBald (aka Phillip John Smith) claims his human rights are being violated

via Radiolive

via Radiolive

Convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith says having his prison jobs taken from him is a denial of his human rights.

Today Smith is appearing in the Auckland High Court by audio-visual link, where he is seeking an injunction against prison authorities who have stopped him from working.Smith said he had a 20-year working history in prison that included working in a public cemetery and on a marae, and there was no history of misconduct.

He said the authorities had stopped him having jobs even inside prison.

Smith said the authorities justified their decision because of what he called his “alleged escape”. He claimed he needed more time to concentrate on his legal proceedings.

But Crown lawyer Vicki McCall said an internal investigation found Smith had manipulated staff before he travelled to Brazil.

She said a senior prison staff member made the decision to stop Smith from working after discussing the matter with the regional prison commissioner.

Mr Smith said the decision has impinged on his human rights and he spends 19 hours a day locked in his cell, which was having an effect on his mental and physical condition.

Smith has an exemplary prison record.   Not a single sign of violence or misconduct.

There is just the pesky detail of murder, raping a toddler and escaping to South America, but that’s apparently irrelevant and he wants to be able to walk around like a free imprisoned man.

19 hours a day doesn’t sound that harsh.  That’s 5 hours a day out of his cell.  That seems more then generous to me.  Keeping in mind that he’ll be asleep for 8 to 10 of the others, and he needs to be locked up for the remainder as part of making sure his friends in the same accommodation don’t deal to him for being a entitled self serving child rapist.

I wonder why Kelvin Davis isn’t all over this case?   Apparently NZ Crims in Australia need Labour’s help, but not Philip John Smith.

 

– RNZ


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