Victims dad applauds law change

Bay of Plenty Times 20 January 2010

A Tauranga man whose daughter was murdered five years ago has welcomed the government’s three-strike policy annouced yesterday. Brian Brown whose daughter Natasha Hayden was strangled to death by Michael Curren at McLaren Falls in January 2005, said the policy was a step in the right direction and “a little bit of victory” for victims of serious crime.

…While the policy has been blasted by critics including the Maori party and Corrections lobby groups, Family First NZ has welcomed it. National Director Bob McCoskrie said the policy would help ensure the safety of families from repeat violent offenders. “The best and most obvious way to protect women, children, and the elderly from repeat violent offenders is to incapacitate them. The purpose of this law will be to warn ‘career criminals’ to find a new job or else they will become ‘career inmates’. They are effectively being given two chances to stop their violent behaviour. Some would argue this is still one too many.”