Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Restorative justice"

File under "What the fuck?"

Most of us are probably old enough to remember this case.  One of the murderers is now being released on parole to continue his interrupted role of making unfortunate women's lives a misery (or ending them). That part isn't surprising, it happens all the time.  There's something else - only one of his victims died, the other survived.


The pair kidnapped Mrs Goodwin and Ms Bishop and forced them to take a cocktail of drugs and alcohol, before bashing Mrs Goodwin with a brick and pushing a car containing Ms Bishop off a cliff near Opunake.
The elaborate plan was intended to mislead police into thinking the pair had died following an alcohol-related crash.
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The plan was foiled when Ms Bishop miraculously survived. She was found by a fisherman after escaping the mangled wreckage seven hours after being pushed off the cliff.

Next, we read among the points in the murderer's favour for parole:

The board said it was important to note a restorative justice meeting had been held between Goodwin and Ms Bishop.

Seriously, what the fuck?  You get to sit down with somebody who planned and executed a cold-blooded attempt to murder you, and...  what, exactly?  Tell him that murdering people is wrong and you shouldn't do it?  That you feel very disappointed and hurt that he would attempt to kill you in a violent and unpleasant manner, an attempt you survived only through your own sheer guts and determination and no thanks to him?   Wouldn't fancy it myself...

4 comments:

macdoctor said...

Might make sense if she was allowed weapons. I'm sure she can think of several "restorative" things to do...

baxter said...

I agree it's a nonsense. Only Jesus can restore the dead.

Anonymous said...

Here's restorative justice - put a bullet right between their eyes.

WAKE UP said...

"Restorative"..what a weasel word.