OneNewsNow 19 December 2015Family First NZ says Judge Anna Johns’ decision exposes flaws in New Zealand’s bail laws.“A situation like this simply re-victimises the child and is hugely traumatic for the family trying to recover from the offences committed previously,” national director of Family First Bob McCoskrie says.“This sends a message to the community that the rights of offenders are greater than the rights of victims.“For this horrific child abuse, the offender receives a punishment of celebrating Christmas at home, while the abuse will impact the child for the rest of their life.“As a community, we are trying to say that the abuse of our young and most vulnerable is completely unacceptable and that our responsibility as adults is even greater around these young children – yet the consequences given out by the courts are completely undermining that message.”Family First NZ will seek permission from the family to write to the Solicitor General and also the Minister of Justice requesting a review of the decision.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/family-first-slams-paedophile-bail-decisionBail decision ‘idiotic’NZ Herald 19 December 2015A man found guilty of sexually abusing his neighbour’s granddaughter when she was 8 has been bailed to live at home – up a shared driveway and just 30m from where his victim lives – until sentencing in June.His sentencing has been delayed until after a second trial next year in which he will stand accused of offending against another child.The first victim, now 10, and her family see the man most days and say their Auckland home has become a prison and “an absolute hell” because of the judge’s decision.The man, in his 70s, has name suppression. That was granted because he lives next door to the victim, who has automatic and permanent name secrecy due to the sexual nature of the charges.VICTIM ADVOCATES: Judge’s decision wrong Family First NZ said Judge Johns’ decision was “idiotic”.“A situation like this simply re-victimises the child, is hugely traumatic for the family trying to recover from the offences committed previously, and sends a message to the community that the rights of offenders are greater than the rights of victims,” said spokesman Bob McCoskrie.“Bail is a privilege, not a right – and it should not be granted at the expense of the victims and their families.“For this horrific child abuse, the offender receives a punishment of celebrating Christmas at home, while the abuse will impact on the child for the rest of her life.”Family First NZ is seeking permission from the victim’s family to write to the Solicitor-General and the Minister of Justice requesting a review of Judge Johns’ decision.“The justice system in New Zealand is perpetuating the problem of child abuse by handing out ‘wet bus ticket’ decisions and sentences in response to cases of serious child abuse,” Mr McCoskrie said.“It appears that the justice system in New Zealand simply doesn’t value the welfare and protection of our vulnerable young children – based on this decision. Put simply, it is an idiotic decision.“As a community, we are trying to say that the abuse of our young and most vulnerable is completely unacceptable and that our responsibility as adults is even greater around these young children – yet the consequences given out by the courts are completely undermining that message.”Ruth Money, who helps victims through the court process, said Judge Johns’ decision was “an absolute disgrace”.“The facts of this case are overwhelming – she has absolutely made the wrong decision.“The decision shows she has not learned anything from the Christie Marceau case and bail amendment bill changes that happened as part of that.”Christie, 18, was killed by Akshay Chand in 2011. Months before he stabbed her to death at her home, while her mother desperately tried to call police, he had been charged with kidnapping her.Despite protests from the police, Christie and her family, Judge David McNaughton granted Chand bail to a house within view of the Marceaus’ home.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11563391Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Monday in a game that failed to live up to its pre-match billing.The fixture marked the first time that David Moyes locked horns with Jose Mourinho as United manager but neither manager could gain the psychological upper hand, although the point puts the Blues clear at the top of the Premier League.Oscar tried to prise open a tight United defence in a lacklustre first half but twice wasted good opportunities with weak efforts straight at David de Gea. Robin van Persie had United’s best effort when he hit the side netting from inside the area.The second half followed a similar pattern and England international Danny Welbeck will rue his wastefulness after digging an effort wide after good work from Wayne Rooney. United also had claims for a penalty when a Tom Cleverley shot struck Frank Lampard’s hand in the box.Moyes named Rooney in his starting XI for the first time, with the striker the subject of two rejected bids during the close-season from Monday night’s opposition. Ryan Giggs dropped to the bench to allow for his inclusion.Chelsea started the game with a surprise as Andre Schurrle led the line. Kevin De Bruyne was also given the nod as Juan Mata and Demba Ba were omitted from the side that started against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Both sides struggled to create openings in a tepid opening 45 minutes. It was the away side who had the first chance in the 10th minute when a low De Bruyne cross rebounded to Oscar who hit a tame effort straight at De Gea.Chelsea had managed to quash the threat Van Persie for the opening 20 minutes but the Dutchman had United’s first meaningful effort. Michael Carrick dispossessed Ramires in midfield and the former Arsenal man picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box but he went too wide before firing his effort against the side netting.Rooney then had his first effort on goal. He showed a neat piece of skill to feint inside Gary Cahill but his shot from 20 yards was weak and rolled harmlessly to Petr Cech.United were beginning to enjoy more of the ball and, in the 38th minute, Phil Jones’s low cross was only half-cleared by John Terry and Cleverley hit a first-time shot from 20 yards that cleared the crossbar.The half ended with a weak shot from Oscar after a series of neat passes in the Chelsea midfield – the Brazilian will feel that he could have done more to trouble De Gea. After a slow start to the second half, United should have taken the lead after 56 minutes. Rooney showed good control just outside the area before slipping a neat through-ball to Welbeck but the striker fluffed his lines as he chipped his effort over from 10 yards.Cahill was unlucky with a 30-yard drive that De Gea got down well to save, before United had claims for a penalty.Cleverley’s half-volley hit Lampard’s hand in the area but referee Martin Atkinson deemed that the midfielder had not deliberately made contact with the shot.Rooney almost had the last say late on when he tested Cech with a strong 25-yard effort. The shot may have been going wide but the Chelsea man took no chances.With two minutes remaining, United had another penalty shout when John Obi Mikel turned into Van Persie’s volley but the decision would have been harsh on the Nigerian who knew had no time to dodge the shot.