Murder, Child Abuse No Laughing Matter Mr Key

Phillip John Smith pictured at Auckland airport on 6 Nov

Phillip John Smith pictured at Auckland airport on 6 Nov

New Zealand’s Prime Minister (infamous for his gay red shirt joke) has been forced to apologize after making a joke about a child abusing murderer who fled to Chile and then to Brazil  last week. (read John Key’s killer paedophile joke disgusts victims’ family, 12/11/14 Stuff.co.nz)

Phillip John Smith, 40, was serving time for a string of offenses including murder, child molestation and extortion. Smith killed the father of a boy trying to protect his son from molestation and interfered with other young children.

Smith amassed 20 convictions in the five years before being sentenced for extortion and being found guilty of murder, aggravated robbery and six sexual offences.

Among those offences were fraud, possession of a firearm, assault with a blunt instrument, common assault, attempted arson, cultivating cannabis, making a false statement to police, theft and escaping custody.

In 2011, it was revealed Smith had also stalked the victim’s family from jail, sending an associate to a family member’s house with the message “Smith says hello”…more here

Smith obtained a passport from prison and escaped while on temporary release, boarding a flight to Chile.

Key, attending the APEC summit in Beijing, told reporters he would have a word with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet about Smith when he met her

I’ll just let her know there’s someone who could be out there from New Zealand that you may not want to invite round for lunch,”

He was later forced to retract his statement after the offence he’d caused.

Madeleine McCann and name suppression

Roderick William Macdonald escape from child molestation charges in NZ

Roderick William Macdonald escaped from child molestation charges in NZ

New Zealand has a poor reputation for keeping its many child sex offenders under control. Roderick William Macdonald, 76, a known pedophile, is wanted in connection with the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann.

While living in New Zealand Macdonald was charged with three indecent assault charges on a child aged under 12.  Yet despite the seriousness of the charges he was granted bail. He fled the country soon after.

Perhaps the best example of how seriously New Zealand views pedophilia was shown by the judge who granted a well known TV personality and comedian discharge from conviction, despite his admission that he’d molested his four year old daughter.

The man was also given name suppression, just to sweeten the deal.

Sentencing Judge Phillipa Cunningham said the man was a talented New Zealander who “makes people laugh”. She found that the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, saying “Laughter is an incredible medicine and we all need lots of it.”

Unfortunately Mr Key took her words literally.

Some Prime Minister

What New Zealand really needs is a robust and properly resourced criminal justice system and a less Laissez-faire attitude to sex offences. It’s no laughing matter.

The sister of the [man Smith murdered] said: “He [Key] has made a joke of the whole country and its systems which he runs. I thought it was disgusting that he laughed about it.”

The sister said Key would not be making a joke if his family had been the victims of Smith.

“My nephew [Smith’s victim] wasn’t impressed at that either. It was another kick in the guts for him. It is really hard to see any humour in this for us. Some prime minister,” she said.

She said she held Key personally responsible for the failings of his government’s departments that have put her family at risk again.

“Do these people realise what they have just done? It is not just going to go away. What do we do? How do these boys carry on and know they are safe?” she said.

She had moved to escape her fear of Smith, one of her nephews moved overseas, and another was still under police protection.

“I know the boys are scared for their family. We are the only ones who got the sentence,” she said.

She was angry that no one had been held accountable for Smith’s disappearance and believes someone should resign immediately.

“How the hell can someone walk out of a prison cell and on to a plane? I want to know who signed this off, and who is going to be responsible,” she said.” …more here

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5 thoughts on “Murder, Child Abuse No Laughing Matter Mr Key

  1. Somewhat related:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10705187
    Wednesday Feb 9, 2011
    Smith said he had changed and benefited from taking university studies. He anticipated completing his Bachelor in Business Studies with a Finance Major this year to add to his degree in accounting.

    Well … the scary thing is that he might go on to work at a prestigious accounting firm, like Deloitte, which hired “accomplice to murder” Satish Kalpoe …

    The issue here in my opinion is that there is “plenty of forgiveness for those who did wrong”, but “precious little help for those who are doing things right, as that is what they’re supposed to do”.

  2. >What New Zealand really needs is a robust and properly resourced criminal justice system and a less Laissez-faire attitude to sex offences. It’s no laughing matter.

    What the Prime Minister and New Zealand need is adult supervision.

    • The New Zealand (in)justice system cares only about punishing whistle-blowers for having the temerity to expose corruption and revenue collection. Vince Siemer at http://www.kiwisfirst.co.nz has created an excellent resource that documents the widespread corruption in the New Zealand judicial system.

  3. Lets face it, JK meant what he said in the first place and he couldn’t give a 4x for the run of the mill Kiwi. Let’s be honest, his just been re elected by the public during the election.

    An odious man, who wouldn’t know the truth if it was strapped to a Xmas present.

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