- Four thugs brutally beat a man to death in cold blood in Te Puke this week as he withdrew $100 from a cash machine; two of them admit to the murder. Today, all four charged are back out on bail (with name suppression of course) until their case is heard.
- Another young scumbag in Tauranga, David Stephenson, beat up a taxi driver a couple of years ago and left him within inches of his life. Now he has been let out early after serving only nine months of a twenty-month sentence, and after four months of freedom is in the news again for further assaults.
- Yet another Tauranga murderer is let out before completing his sentence for killing a woman a couple of years ago. This time he has killed a young child he was supposed to be looking after.
Let's reflect again on the primary point of a criminal justice system: it is neither to punish nor to rehabilitate. The primary purpose of a criminal justice system is to protect the rest of us from the criminal.
The sole justification for government is the protection of individual rights -- the primary purpose of a government's criminal justice system is to protect us from those who have shown they have no respect for our rights. When they can't even do that much (when with all their meddling it's the only thing they don't care about), then it's time to ask ourselves again what justification a government has?
Let's say it again: The primary purpose of a criminal justice system is to protect the rest of us from the criminal. So what should be the primary intention with sentencing? The sentence should ensure 1) that the rest of us are made safe from the criminal; 2) that no criminal achieves any value from his crime; and 3) as far as possible, no victim is worse off for it.
Remember the victims? Tomahawk Kid asks the question that should keep those responsible for giving these scum new victims awake at night:
Who is supposed to be protecting us from these predators?
Who is responsible for letting them back into civilisation to kill again?
Whoever it is needs to be given a bloody good shake-up - they are as guilty of these crimes as the perpetrators of these vile crimes.