Stand­ing up for vic­tims who can’t

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

When it comes to the state of New Zealand’s jus­tice sys­tem Toko­roa’s Lis­ton and Hay­ley Heke be­lieve enough is enough.

The cou­ple re­cently be­came the Waikato rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sen­si­ble Sen­tenc­ing Trust (SST) which was founded in 2002 by Napier’s Garth Mcvicar as a way of giv­ing vic­tims of homi­cide guid­ance, hope, and a voice when go­ing through the courts.

While not vic­tims of homi­cide them­selves Hay­ley said they al­most were when their Blen­heim-based son was vi­ciously at­tacked with a ham­mer dur­ing a home in­va­sion in April.

Not want­ing to go to court him­self Hay­ley stepped in to be her son’s voice only to be left shocked by how the jus­tice sys­tem seem­ingly lacked jus­tice for vic­tims.

‘‘We are the squeaky wheel and we will speak out and keep speak­ing out...un­til there is change in our sys­tem.’’

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