Here’s a quiz. Can you name the one killing that has seen Sensible Sentencing’s barking mad Garth McVicar support the killer and argue, in direct contrast to his normal practice, that the sentence ought to have been more lenient? And can you point to the unusual socio-economic conditions around this killing?
Yup. The only, only, killing in which McVicar has called for leniency is the manslaughter of young, working-class Maori Pihema Cameron by middle-class Pakeha businessman Bruce Emery. Frankly, the real crime here is that a person who purposely assaulted another person with a deadly weapon resulting in that person’s death (even though that death was intended) was not found guilty of murder despite the clear words of the law. But, no, McVicar thinks the poor Maori had it coming, property rights for the white, middle-class trump the right to life for others. He says this killer, and this killer alone, should have been set free because that “would have sent a message that minor crimes like graffiti need to be dealt with seriously” – by vigilante killing, for example.
Well, we knew McVicar is a racist and a fascist but let’s not forget he is also the man whose policies National/ACT have xeroxed and turned into their law and order agenda.