Justice

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but hell, is it tempting

The mother of two who orchestrated a vicious attack on a drug dealer believed to be selling poor quality methamphetamine has been jailed.

In February 2015 Codie-Lee Greer arranged for four associates to attack the dealer because he owed money and they believed he was selling dodgy drugs.

The 25-year-old didn’t take part in the assault, which involved the assailants arming themselves with weapons including a baseball bat and a hammer, but her role was to arrange a meeting with the dealer at a school at night by text message.

The victim suffered a broken fibula in his left leg, cuts to his head, lips, arms, a broken tooth and bruising to his body.

“The victim was assaulted and he fell onto the ground where he was punched, kicked and struck with the baseball bat and hammer. Read more »

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Hide on Moko and the injustice of justice

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Una Jagose via RNZ

I was thinking “not Moko again”, and then I felt ashamed.   This isn’t something that gets “old” and we don’t talk about any more.

Solicitor-General Una Jagose owes us an explanation over the downgrading of charges against the pair who tortured and killed toddler Moko Rangitoheriri from murder to manslaughter.

That was in return for his killers David Haerewa and Tania Shailer pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge so saving the necessity of a trial for murder.

Jagose has offered no explanation. The decision seems inexplicable.

The torturing and killing of poor little Moko has saddened and angered New Zealanders to a degree that I lack the words to explain. Moko suffered and died but the brutality and barbarity of his death is damaging to us all.

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Our society values fish more than it does life itself

via Imgur

via Imgur

A trout poacher has been jailed for four months – about 18 months after he was found guilty of the original charges.

David Pake Leef, 37, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court yesterday to three months’ jail on charges of disturbing a spawning ground, possessing a net in a vicinity where sports fish congregated and taking the fish. The charges were brought by the Department of Conservation.

He was found guilty of the poaching charges in November 2014, but failed to appear in court for sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to appear in court and was sentenced to an additional one month in prison on those charges.

His co-offender Thomas Tawha was sentenced to 12 months in jail in April, 2015.

So poach some fish, and go to jail.   What happens when you take someone’s life? Read more »

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Has Jacinda read her own Future of Work details?

The Ministry of Justice has announced that they are restructuring positions and making some available positions work-from-home.

Close to 100 government jobs will go as the Ministry of Justice introduces a compulsory work-from-home initiative, prompting concerns the move will snowball across other departments.

The ministry has confirmed a restructure will see 202 management and staff positions disestablished and 111 new positions created, along with fixed term positions as staff move to a “home environment” later this year.

In a statement, collections general manager Bryre​ Patchell​ said about 100 collections registry positions will move from office to home over the next 13 months.​

The restructure, which will mean specialist collections units at courts around New Zealand will close, is thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand’s public sector.

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Photo Of The Day

From left, prosecutor Earl (sometimes spelled Earle) Redwine, Loyal Kelley, A.H. de Tremaudan (sometimes spelled Tremandon), J. McKinley Cameron, David Sokol, Gordon Northcott and Norbert Savay. (Los Angeles Times file photo).

From left, prosecutor Earl (sometimes spelled Earle) Redwine, Loyal Kelley, A.H. de Tremaudan (sometimes spelled Tremandon), J. McKinley Cameron, David Sokol, Gordon Northcott and Norbert Savay. (Los Angeles Times file photo).

Road Out of Hell

And you wonder: How the hell did this guy go on to be a loving father and grandfather? How did he bury all that crap?

That’s a story in itself.

As a child of thirteen, Sanford Clark was sent from his home in Canada to live with his uncle, Gordon Stewart Northcott, on a chicken ranch in Wineville, California. It was there that Sanford discovered that his uncle was evil and a rapist and murderer.

During the two years that Sanford was held captive at the murder ranch in the late 1920s, he endured psychological and sexual torture and terrible beatings. Kept in a battered and dazed condition, Sanford was forced to participate in the murders of three young boys and to dispose of the other victims’ bodies according to Northcott’s instructions.

Ultimately, this is a story of redemption. Sanford Clark was exonerated of responsibility for his forced role in the crimes due to what is now known as Stockholm syndrome. This was just a regular young boy who had the misfortune of being captured by an evil being. That evil rained down upon him day and night for two years, in what was for him nothing less than a personal holocaust.

The thing that captured my utter fascination was the question of how young Sanford was able to live with the horrors in his memory for the next sixty-three years. And then there is the fact that in spite of his inner life, he won over everyone who got to know him, including people who knew him intimately over many years.

From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His thirteen- year-old nephew, Sanford Clark, was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Forced to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he helped gain some justice for the dead and their families by testifying at Northcott’s trial-which led to his conviction and execution. It was a shocking story, but perhaps the most shocking part of all is the extraordinarily ordinary life Sanford went on to live as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father, and a productive citizen.

Jerry Clark, (Sanford’s son) 17, was on his way to a hockey game when his father, Sanford, pulled the car over and revealed a shocking past.

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I’d like to see this kind of justice here

This is why name suppression is undesirable – it removes part of the contract with society where you are marked for your convictions and you need to find a way to earn your place in society with the full weight of other people’s knowledge about what you’ve done.

The judge presides over a court of minor crime, but I’d love to know what he’d do with more serious crimes.

Is it time to implement a debtors’ prison?

Why aren’t these debt dodgers in a debtors’ prison?

Victims of crime are waiting for tens of millions of dollars from the people who offended against them.

The reparation owed to five district courts with the biggest bills added up to $52 million at the end of the 2014/2015 financial year.

Judges can order an offender to pay reparation if their crime has caused emotional harm to a victim, or if the victim has lost property.

But one deceived employer says his reparation – a third of what he lost – just trickled in for a year.

The court with the biggest bill, $14.3m, is Manukau District Court, according to figures released under the Official Information Act.

Auckland District Court is owed $13.9m, followed by Christchurch District Court on $12.6m.  Read more »

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Enforce the perjury law or ditch it

Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe hard at work not prosecuting perjury cases

Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe hard at work not prosecuting perjury cases

by Stephen Cook

ENFORCE THE perjury law or scrap it altogether.

That’s the no-nonsense call from Auckland barrister Chris Patterson in the wake of a startling admission from police they’re turning a blind eye to perjury because it’s too difficult a crime to prosecute.

The perjury issue has recently been making headlines following Chris Cairns’ indictment in the United Kingdom in relation to a 2012 UK libel trial over alleged match-fixing.

However, in the past week the debate has shifted to the actual law itself after police here conceded that knowingly giving false testimony under oath was an offence that was rarely prosecuted.

It’s a remarkable admission from police given the offence of perjury – punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment – strikes at the very core of the integrity and confidence we place in our justice system.

The use of perjured testimony not only violates due process, but it can also contribute to wrongful convictions such as that seen in the high-profile Arthur Allan Thomas murder case.

In a police job sheet from June last year obtained this week by Whaleoil, Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe, the officer responsible for reviewing all perjury complaints in the Auckland City area, reveals the crime of perjury is not something given much attention by the Crown.

“To give… some context about how Police deal with perjury complaints, and how high the bar is set for prosecutions… two prosecutions have recently been completed to a standard ready to present to the courts and we have not received authority to prosecute,” he said.    Read more »

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Cam nabs lowlife staff

A retirement village set up an elaborate hidden-camera sting to catch one of its workers, after residents complained that they had lost thousands of dollars.

The undercover trap caught out care worker Denise Neal, 51, who worked at The Poynton in Takapuna between 2012 and 2014 in a role of “utmost trust”, on call for elderly residents during the night.

Court documents show retirement village bosses became suspicious when nearly $4000 went missing over 15 months from people who lived in the spacious, upmarket apartments. But there was no evidence as to the identity of the culprit.

At the end of July last year, managers turned to Scope Investigations, which set up several hidden cameras in the flats of absent residents.

In one room they even left two $10 bills under a fruit bowl to lure the thief.

Over a week, the footage caught Neal entering three of the apartments – using her master key – and snooping around, opening bags and checking diaries.

She often used a torch or the light from her cellphone so as not to cause alarm. The covert cameras even filmed her putting on blue plastic gloves while she scoured the rooms.

And she did not miss the $20 bait, which she was shown scooping up and putting in her pocket.

People will write off one occurrence of money going missing, perhaps two, but when it keeps happening, the thief is on a a slippery downward slope.   Read more »

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Thief to be paid compensation by property owner – is this justice?

A man who caught a thief breaking into his work vehicle red-handed and reacted furiously by punching him unconscious was today ordered to pay compensation for the “totally disproportionate” attack.

Ethan Annett, 21, had been at a party in Christchurch’s Matipo St at about 10.40pm on May 9 when a mate told him his work vehicle was being broken in to.

He and a co-offender charged off down the street and found two men standing near the work vehicle on Dallas St.

Both thieves were set upon by Annett and his co-offender in a flurry of punches.

One man was knocked unconscious.

Both victims were rushed to hospital via ambulance. Read more »

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