Fatal flaws in our bail laws

first_imgNZ Herald 16 Sep 2012A violent gang member was free to kill despite committing crimes while on bail for five consecutive years. Rangi Brown, 41, is one of 398 “hardcore” repeat offenders who committed crimes every year between 2006 and 2010 while on bail, figures released under the Official Information Act show. They include 96 guilty of violence or sex offences. Critics say it is further evidence bail laws are failing. Brown was part of a Black Power group who stabbed 31-year-old Peri Niwa to death in 2008. Brown was found guilty of manslaughter in 2010, after racking up convictions for violent offences including assault with intent to injure and beating up his girlfriend. Even his lawyer, Barry Henderson, said Brown should not have been continually granted bail. “He was always in trouble,” said Henderson, an experienced New Plymouth criminal barrister. “Once he had been charged, he would offend again in the interim. You could call it anti-authority. Bail laws should be tightened up.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10834328last_img read more