UPDATE – Marcel Sydney Geros

Only eight days ago at the Christchurch District Court, Judge Roaul Neave made the dangerous decision to give a repeat violent offender a ‘therapeutic’ sentence.

Judge Neave openly admitted at the time of sentencing that his decision would cause public complaints, backlash and editorial criticism.

Marcel Sydney Geros (27) had plead guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to injure, but then denying his involvement in the offending. He took no responsibility for his vicious actions. He showed no remorse or even acknowledged the seriousness of his attacks.

Judge Neave had said “Geros has got some incredibly complex needs and until they are dealt with he is going to be a significant problem to the community. Imprisonment and post-release conditions would do nothing to address community safety issues”.

Judge Neave said Geros would be monitored by Community Corrections while he was on intensive supervision for two years. Now EIGHT days later Geros has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the first of two linked police pursuits.

The second pursuit was fatal; killing an innocent man when he was crossing a road in East Christchurch. He was fatally struck by a van driven by Liam Strickland.

Geros who was meant to be on ‘intensive supervision’ at the time was caught yesterday and is currently being held in remand until his Bail Hearing on Tuesday.

Intensive supervision orders must be put in place to protect our community. Geros clearly had no intention on respecting his supervision order. Why should a violent repeat offender like Geros be entitled to remain under Judge Neave’s ‘therapeutic’ sentence?

Our Justice System is far to under-resourced to continuously hand out supervision orders just to lower our prison muster. We are seeing far to many situations where the Justice System are making dangerous mistakes that are impacting the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Geros has now involved himself in a situation where someone has been tragically murdered. Geros may not have been driving the van, but he was still actively involved in yet another illegal act.

When Judges are handing down any intensive supervision orders; the safety of our community must be the first consideration. Judge Neave made a shameful and dangerous decision in giving Geros intensive supervision. Geros obviously had no intention of using this opportunity to improve himself. Instead he was involved in harming another innocent victim – only eight days after his sentencing.

Geros will have another chance to try and fool Judge Neave when he applies for bail on Tuesday. Judge Neave will have to take ownership of his shocking ‘therapeutic’ decision. He will need to decide AGAIN what is more important – lowering the prison muster or protecting the community he has been sworn in to protect.

 

Jess McVicar
National Spokesperson
Sensible Sentencing Trust
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