Six years ago, my mum was brutally murdered.

She was a 66-year-old dedicated new entrant teacher who was setting up her class for the new school term when Whetu Te Hiko walked in and gave her a disgusting beating that can only be described as horrific. He had five previous convictions and had not long been out of prison for a violent crime against his own partner when he attacked Mum. I will never understand why he was allowed to graze and mingle with people in society. The system that is supposed to keep us safe is offender based, but the committed team at Sensible Sentencing are giving victims a voice with their continued lobbying for change and more accountability. I ask that the New Zealand public unite in the fight for the rights of victims and support the only true voice we have, the Sensible Sentencing Group Trust.

KEVIN MCNEIL Son of Lois Dear

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