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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Three Cheers for Three Strikes
Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2010-01-21 08:49
Three cheers for the proposed 'Three Strikes' legislation proposed by National and Act. Under the legislation an offender found guilty of their third serious crime must receive the maximum sentence for that crime. There is no chance of parole and the option of preventive detention remains.
Peter Williams of the Howard League for Penal Reform argues that such legislation means some criminals 'may kill in order to avoid being caught by police.' He may be right. But people are being killed and raped by scum who have offended multiple times, right now. And should we stop putting harsher penalties in place because rapists, murderers and pedophiles are not going to like it and may react with violence?
Thomas Boy Hohapata had 9 previous rape convictions before finally being sentenced to preventive detention for the rape of a young girl.
Anthony Joseph Hutton was finally sentenced to preventive detention after being convicted of the repeated rape of a seven-year-old girl. Hutton had earlier convictions for nine other rapes and indecent assaults involving four girls under 16 and for the sexual molestation of a nine-year-old boy.
Morrison Hubert Retimana had convictions for his attempted sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Christchurch. He had convictions for the assault of a young Christchurch woman at a bus stop and for rape and grievous bodily harm of a 17-year-old Auckland woman. Retimana had stacked up a further 138 offences including rape and aggravated robbery before being finally sentenced to preventive detention for detaining and assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
Tell the victims of these repeat offenders that they should be concerned, as Williams is, that such offenders won't have any incentive to behave inside prison!
Philip Duck: firstname.lastname@example.org
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