Thursday, April 24, 2008

Blessed little cherub finds God, Maori culture and freedom

On the right, is the angelic face of a killer.
New Zealand's youngest convicted killer- Bailey Junior Kurariki.
On the left is how he looks today.
And the little cherub has just been given parole. What a caring, compassionate and forgiving judiciary we have!
So the life of a pizza delivery man- Michael Choy- is worth but a mere seven years.
Apparantly, Bailey has found God and Maori culture and is "of the lowest possible risk." A lovely, loving sweetheart ready to say 'sorry'.
Now, aged 19, Bailey will be kept at home with electronic monitoring.
One can only hope he has no access to a phone and is not able to ring 0800-838383!!!!


Blair said...

Kuariki was not the main instigator of the murder - he was an accomplice. I doubt very much it was something he would have planned and instigated on his own.

He was twelve at the time and has lost most of his teenage years as a result of what he did. He has been adequately punished. We should give him the chance to make good for himself.

Inventory2 said...

Inventory and his better half have done a bit of prison ministry. We've seen our fair share of "jailhouse conversions" which have all sorts of motivations. We've also seen a few cases where lives have been transformed by God. Is Kurariki one of the latter? I guess only two people will know that - him and God. He's served a much greater proportion of his sentence than most, and he can't be kept inside forever. He will need the power of the Almighty to stay on the straight & narrow!

Anonymous said...

He's served a much greater proportion of his sentence than most, and he can't be kept inside forever.

whyever not?

Garth McVicar has explicitly called for "life means life" and if it should apply in any case, it must be in this one.

Anonymous said...

Life means life for a misguided, un loved 12yr old boy? Get real.

He doesn't need more time in gaol, he needs more time in the classroom. I'm glad he's out.



More hugs and cuddles eh Gooner to the poor wee lamb.
Are you becoming a pinko wet liberal mate? :)

I think life is too much as yes he was a youngster at the time.
But seven years does not seem much.

Ten, 12, 15 years might be more like it.

Had he been an adult, then yes, life would have been the right solution.

Psycho Milt said...

whyever not?

Garth McVicar has explicitly called for "life means life"...

Well, he did until a white guy McVicar could sympathise with killed a tagger. Then suddenly it turned out killers are sometimes just OK blokes who got a bit frustrated. Gosh, you mean it's not that simple after all, Garth? You must feel a right twat now, eh?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

FFM, I'd be interested to know how you differentiate between the 'injustice' of seven years and the 'appropriateness' of ten or twelve years. I have some difficulty in figuring out how an extra five years makes the slightest bit of difference to anything.

If this young man really has rehabilitated himself, then the best thing for everybody, including you who helps pay the nation's incarceration bill, is to get him out and get him productive.

Inventory2 said...

FFM - it seems as though you are criticising the sentence, not the Parole Board's decision. This kid first appeared before the Parole Board in 2003, and has, IMHO been rightly declined parole until now. I hope that he has genuinely changed, but I am naturally skeptical. However I hoope the media acts responsibly on his release.

Anonymous said...

it seems as though you are criticising the sentence, not the Parole Board's decision

nope. I'm criticising the lefty-liberal parole board (as well as the sentence).

the Sentancing Trust's line is clear: sentences are always minima: the parole board can only counsider people once their full sentance has been served, and then they consider the wishes of the victim, the likely harm, and the suitability of the offender for reintegration.

In this case- whatever the sentence - why should he be allowed out?

As for the tagger, just like the gun-shop owner who shot & killed the thief - he shouldn't be inside in the first place!

WAKE UP said...

I'm sick of people finding (a non-existent) God AFTER doing all their damage. All it means is that their ego has been finally kicked enough to stop them playing God themselves - from St Augustine to Charles Colson, the list of such people is endless.

That said, Kurariki's case is definitely complicated by his immaturity at the time of the killing. It's actually a case with a no-win solution - there'll always be someone who is not happy about an aspect of it, from his incarceration to his release (like the James Bulger killers in England).

The one that really bugs me is the woman - can't remember the name right now - who killed someone (her mother?) and, after her release, went to become a successful murder/thriller writer. I'd call that profiting from the crime.

Anonymous said...

It was a terrible cold blooded murder by a cold blooded murderer.It has taken about six months since the last assessment for him to change his persona to that of an angelic christian. Perhaps he should have given instruction to the unfortunate Iranian Christian on how to display a conversion convincingly. One would hope the Maori Culture does not reignite his former motivation to violence, but we will never know for under our system the Judiciary will hide his identity on the spurious grounds that if it was revealed a jury would convict on identity rather than evidence.