1 Nov 2014

Trust urges appeal of murder sentence

2:47 pm on 1 November 2014

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is urging the Crown to appeal against the sentence given to a gang member who murdered a Wellington man, saying he should be in prison for life without parole.

Under the three strikes legislation, Shane Harrison could have been jailed without parole for the murder of Alonsio Matalasi in Petone in August last year.

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However yesterday Justice Mallon sentenced Harrison to a minimum non-parole period in prison of 13 years, saying his earlier offending was at the lower end of the scale.

Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson Ruth Money said she was appalled by the decision and Harrison should have been given life without parole.

She said the Trust had already drafted a letter to the Crown urging it to appeal.

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