Yesterday Tracy Marceau presented the petition that has been dubbed 'Christie's Law' to Parliament.
Christie was killed in November 2011 by a piece of pond scum who, two months earlier, had been charged with kidnapping and assaulting her, then released on bail. I understand the terms of his bailed release had very little restraint effect. He killed Christie in her North Shore home.
The current tinkering around bail laws before the Parliament would have made no difference in Christie's case had they been in force, as the perp was a first offender when charged in September.
A freezing worker in South Otago has escaped any sanction from our murder law as he was declared "insane" by Judge Gendall in a pretrial hearing. He caused his wife of many years to die from severe blood loss from a knife attack that followed many years of jealousy, controlling behavior and stalking, building a scenario that, with all with the advantage of hindsight, was entirely predictable to end in the bloody tragedy.
It is likely that in short time a couple of pointy heads will declare him sane again and he will be released.
Last weekend, a group of motor cyclists, on a rally run, discovered a deceased couple in forest west of Waimate. It appears the male, convicted around the millenium of kidnapping for sexual violation, after serving 3 1/2 years jail time, had set up home in the quiet rural Sth Canterbury township. Very early in the police enquiry, he was a person of interest.
Alas, it appears he picked up the 31yo tourist/backpacker on her travel by thumb between Cromwell to Timaru and she didn't make it.
The relevance of the three cases is the apparent inability for the legal system to effectively deal with many cases where it seems to be totally ill equipped to prevent tragedies that, looking back, were likely going to happen, all about when not if. The three perps all had 'previous' and/or behavior that signalled their ultimately tragic culmination in death of innocents.
Toss in losers such as Weatherston, Bell, Burton and the many other tragic deaths our law has failed to prevent, and a picture emerges of just what a small step Christies Law is but, that said, I applaud and support the effort the petition presenters have made to bring it to the law makers for action.
In an ironical twist, the sub committee that will consider the small step that Christie's Law addresses is chaired by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean whose electorate has pretty much at its geographical heart the delightful rural community of Waimate.
Maybe law abiding New Zealand will see some outcomes that make it a safer place to live and if that impinges on the "rights" of the 'bad bastards' in our midst it will be socially affordable.
That would be a suitable epitaph for Christie Marceau