3 months for two lives
There are few times that a sentence is handed down and I feel angry at it, but this has to be one of them. A dumb, dumb, dumb 16 year idiot kills two while speeding away from Police who were chasing him because he stole a Mercedes. The kid has been given 3 months, what angers me is that this 16 year old is a serious problem who is now being taken into a system where the very obvious counseling this kid needs will just not be available – my bet is that we will see him at 18 having done something even worse. The sentence is totally inappropriate for taking two lives, but more than that, the services that are supposed to be there to deal with kids like this are either too late or not adequate enough, if this kid has a string of offences already – where was CYFS? Longer sentences only work if the facilities people are being put in can rehabilitate them, if they can’t we risk only warping people even more from the experience of our corrupt prison culture. None of which can be any comfort to the families of the two people who died.
Crash survivor: toughen youth sentences
A crash survivor has called for an overhaul of the youth justice system after the youth who caused a smash which killed two people was sentenced to nine months' supervision. Karen McGregor-Dawson, 39, was left with a broken femur, collarbone and wrist after a 16-year-old youth fleeing police in a stolen Mercedes smashed head-on into her Toyota RAV as she drove along State Highway 1 in the Dome Valley, north of Auckland. Two passengers in the stolen car, a 34-year-old hitchhiker and a 17-year-old youth, were killed. A boy, 14, was seriously injured.