Free as birds

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Last Septem­ber an 82-year-old Kerik­eri man who stopped to pick up two teenagers in the rain was as­saulted by the pair, beaten un­con­scious, left in a ditch and his was car stolen. They were due to ap­pear on Fri­day last week for sen­tenc­ing. Sen­tenc­ing has al­ready been de­ferred four times.

The as­sault hap­pened al­most 10 months ago. These two youths, who pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated rob­bery, have been on bail since then.

This seems ter­ri­bly wrong to me — that the vic­tim of the as­sault is likely still trau­ma­tised, afraid and out of pocket, while the two per­pe­tra­tors have con­tin­ued to lead their nor­mal lives, free as birds.

Why is this the case? Are they ever go­ing to be sen­tenced, or will this, for what­ever rea­son, just be swept un­der the car­pet?

It makes me won­der what is hap­pen­ing in the jus­tice sys­tem. Not jus­tice, that’s for sure.

**** ANNAH JONES

Kerik­eri

The of­fend­ers are cur­rently before the Matariki Court at Kaikohe. They are next due to ap­pear on Au­gust 14. Ed­i­tor.

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