Restorative justice

Good on ya Paul Henry

Paul Henry isn’t interested in restorative justice, and to be frank neither am I which will become apparent in coming days.

Broadcaster Paul Henry says he is “not even remotely interested” in having a restorative justice session with the man who assaulted him at an out-of-control protest.

On Wednesday morning Judge David Sharp found Diego Leonardo Chavez guilty of lunging and spitting at Henry outside SkyCity earlier this year.

Chavez’s lawyer Luke Wilson initially said the parties were legally required to look into having a restorative justice session, but later said Chavez had no interest in restorative justice either.

When approached for comment after the verdict when the restorative justice meeting was still a possibility, Henry said he had nothing to say to Chavez.

“I’m getting on with my life so he can get on with his life, with a conviction,” Henry said.

Chavez had been waiting nearly two months for the verdict, after pleading not guilty.

Judge Sharp had reserved his decision after a trial at the Auckland District Court in October.

There, Henry gave evidence of what he called a “vile” act by one of the protesters he’d been accosted by as he lunched at SkyCity earlier this year.

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Sensible Sentencing Trust lodges formal complaint against a Judge

Yesterday I wrote about a dud judge in Christchurch.

Now the Sensible Sentencing Trust is laying a formal complaint about the actions of the judge.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is lodging a formal complaint against a Judge who was reluctant to allow a sex abuse victim to read her victim impact statement in court saying the Judge showed an unacceptable bias towards the offender.

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Judge reticent about sex victim reading statement

Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said Judge Saunders wanted the victim to attend a restorative justice conference, which the victim refused. Judge Saunders then questioned why the victim now wanted to read her statement in court, where the defendant did not have a chance to reply effectively.

?We think Judge Saunders was totally out of order and caused unnecessary anguish to an already traumatized and stressed victim. It is incredibly difficult for a victim of sexual abuse to speak-up, but to then be challenged as to why she wanted to read her victim impact statement to the court is unacceptable.? ? Read more »

A dud judge

Read this account and be astonished at the poor form by this dud judge who seems more interested in the rights of a scumbag sex offender than those of his victims.

A judge has grudgingly allowed one child sex abuse victim to read her statement in court, after the victims had declined a restorative justice meeting where they could have confronted the offender.

The offending against three young girls by Shane Vincent Roy Dennis, now aged 54, took place more than 20 years ago.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders today sentenced Dennis to 10 months of home detention, 200 hours of community work, and ordered him to pay $1000 to each victim.

Dennis had admitted 11 charges of indecent assault, and one of inducing a girl to do an indecent act. All related to girls aged under 12 at the time.

Dennis now works as a truck driver in Whangarei, where helps care for his sick wife. He will continue to work and the emotional harm reparation payments to the victims will be made at $75 a week.

Judge Saunders said it was a case where restorative justice would have been beneficial but the offer had been declined by the victims.

He questioned why one of the victims now wanted to read her victim impact statement in court, where the defendant did not have a chance to reply effectively.

?I?m not comfortable about it now,? said the judge. ?This doesn?t have a sense of balance about it. There?s no opportunity for formal interaction or apology. I am not sure what she is trying to achieve.? ? Read more »