Criminal lawyer says preventive detention sentencing can be difficult

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Fri, 6 Aug 2021, 8:49AM
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Criminal lawyer says preventive detention sentencing can be difficult

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 6 Aug 2021, 8:49AM

Questions are being raised around whether our sentencing laws need a rejig, based on a farce of a sentence.

A man called Maaka Tepania appeared in the High Court yesterday for sentencing on indecent assault charges.

The man has 16 different victims over a 30 year period, including an 11-year-old.

The crown was after a sentence of preventive detention.

He was sentenced to 12 months home detention instead.

The options were apparently prison for life, or a year home detention, with nothing in between.

Criminal lawyer Steve Cullen told Mike Hosking the sentence is somewhat unusual.

“There is a principle in the law that says one should prefer a finite sentence, if that would provide adequate protection for society.”

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