This is a post that I’ve done soon after hearing the news but put on delay so I can think about it. Unusual for me.
I haven’t consulted with either Maori colleagues or aspiring A-Gs. I don’t think it is generally useful to criticise judges.
I live in Wainuiomata. Like most smaller communities I know the extended Rawiri whanau, but not well.
These five people killed their niece. It happened over an extended period.
I accept that they almost certainly would not reoffend and prison may be an expensive waste of time. And there are too many Maori in prison.
But I am certain that a Pakeha exorcism that resulted in torture and death would result in a prison term – albeit not necessarily a long one.
The fact that they weren’t sent to prison because they are Maori just doesn’t seem right to me.