Murder vs manslaughter laws need to be revisited - Quince

Talisa Kupenga

He karo, koirā tā Khylee Quince mō tā te kāwanatanga whakamārama i tāna whakaae ki te whakangāwari i te whiu mō te matenga o Moko Rangitoheriri.  E ai ki te tohunga ture nei, ahakoa te tika o te roa o te whiu, ko te ingoa noa o te whakapae e rerekē ana.

Hei tā Quince, he Rōia take taihara,  hāngai pū ana ki te kēhi o Moko Rangitoheriri, e pupuri, e kai hoki ana te karauna i tō ratou ake keke.

"It is legally problematic for you to secure a conviction for one offence and then as Findlayson and The Crown has said to sentence them effectively as if they were convicted of another offence. That is a breach of the rule of law. We live in a democracy we do not live in a dictatorship where the state can tell you they're sentencing you for one crime even though we've convicted you of another, that's inappropriate."

He ai ki a Quince ka taea e Aotearoa te tini i nga ahuatanga tukino tamariki o roto i nga mahi tāpaetanga pōti.

"If you can get away with manslaughter for deliberately inflicting harm on the most vulnerable people in our society, children, and we have no convictions for murder, something's clearly wrong. We either need to lessen the standard of intention required, or we need to have a specifically labelled offence of child homicide."

E ai ki te Rōia Matua o te Karauna, ki a Chris Finlayson, i whakaāehia te pīra whakangāwari whiu mō te tūpono ka puta kē ngā kaiwhakatuaki i te hinaki o te ture, nā runga i te ruarua o ngā tohu taunaki i ngā whakapae. Heoi, ki reira toko ai te pātai, he aha te taha karo i whai pīra whakangāwari ai mēnā he hara-kore te hua mō te whakapae kōhuru.

Hei tā Quince, "If there was a significant risk that they would get away scot-free without any conviction of a homicide whatsoever then as you say defence counsel would have run that risk because that would be the best outcome for their clients. I still think it's a really conservative decision to make because I really think that there is almost no risk that a jury would come back and say at 'well the very least they are guilty of manslaughter'."

I roto o Aotearoa wha tekau ma whitu nga tamariki kua hinga i raro i te ringa tūkino,kua whiwhi i te whakapae mate pokerehu. Ko te wero ki a Aotearoa mena me tūhi he wero