The Sensible Sentencing Trust is a backward, reactionary organisation at the best of times but this is a new low.
Responding to comments Children’s Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro made about tagging, Sensible Sentencing’s Garth McVicar said ‘Her comments are hugely provocative at a time when a decent hard working citizen is facing a murder charge because of his frustration over this issue’.
Who is this decent citizen? Bruce Emery, who stabbed 15-year-old Pihema Cameron to death because he thought Cameron was about to tag his fence.
McVicar has sunk to a new low when he excuses the killing of a young man as an expression of â€˜frustration’. Emery is not a decent citizen; decent citizens do not kill other citizens over minor acts of vandalism.
Sensible Sentencing has shown what kind of organisation it is: one that will defend a killer and doesn’t give a damn about the life of a young man who was maybe doing some tagging. To them, the property of a Pakeha businessman comes before the life of some poor Maori kid.
Decent citizens should treat McVicar and his cohorts with the contempt they have earned.