Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales, first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
Today’s tale was sent in by Lau, a migrant who has lived in New Zealand for five years. He writes about becoming the victim of assault crime in New Zealand and overly lenient treatment of violent offenders by the judiciary.
“I came to New Zealand 5 years ago. It’s really tough, tough to write this but it has to get out there for others.
I was assaulted on my property almost a year ago.
I asked a man to get off my property, he then decided that he should shoved me in the throat instead. One of his other friends then decided to jump over my fence and punch me. At that point 4 other men jumped over the fence with him. The offender punched me again and again but I defended myself and I stopped him but instead of brutally hurting him, once he stopped I stopped. I walked away going back into the house, and as I did with my back turned the man attacked me again pulling me off my balcony, and he continued hitting me a few more times.
The court gave the man 60 hours community service and a $200 fine.
The man came onto my property and seriously assaulted me and this is what the judge thought was appropriate- until this happens to a judge, a lawyer or an MP, this will not change. BTW judges and MP’s just got another pay raise at Christmas. For What???
The man was so drunk he couldn’t recall the incident. He had priors and even laughed at the justice system on facebook that he didn’t go to rehab as the court ordered him previously. I presented this evidence and much more, along with the fact that the man who started the incident also bragged on facebook that he assaulted a man previously and only got a slap on the wrist. Well, both men got a slap on the wrist again.
To anyone reading this. This country is not safe, do not come here. I’ve lived in bad neighbourhoods and in different countries for my work but have never been attacked until I came to New Zealand. If you have children read this:
Please look in the paper, every weekend someone is either killed or hurt by a group of drunken men. Police are even attacked by gangs of people, because they clearly are not afraid of the police here. 5 police were attacked over the 2012 Christmas holiday. Tourist and immigrants are killed and assaulted at an alarming rate here.
Murders get 10 years and continue offending:
another murderer here:
Boy racers do what they want as they too gets slaps on the wrists and massive fines wiped from their records:
They even kill people and only get only home detention:
He stole the car and killed someone and only got 6 months home detention.
Either Kiwi’s are scared, working too hard to prop up the bludgers, or they just don’t care- maybe a combination of all three.
I know some people will say well go home if you don’t like it, you’re right, nothing should ever change for the betterment of society. Near top of the OECD for child killings and suicides. Good on you, you’re right New Zealand, you shouldn’t change a thing.”
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