Crim hugging halfwit QC defends dud judge

The other day I wrote about a dud judge buying the sob story of a vicious little thug.

Yesterday a crim-hugging halfwit QC rushed to defend the dud judge…and he thinks judges should never be criticised.

A Queen’s Counsel has defended a judge after claims she gave a “pathetic sentence” to a teenager who brutally beat a man and left him for dead in central Havelock North.

Russell Fairbrother QC said in a letter to Hawke’s Bay Today yesterday that comments by Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar about Judge Bridget Mackintosh were “wrong”.

Mr McVicar said the sentence imposed on Jacob Broderick was a “slap in the face” for the victim and that Judge Mackintosh had “given some of the most pathetic sentences this country has seen”.

Broderick, 18, was sentenced to four months’ community detention, 200 hours’ community work and nine months’ supervision in the Hastings District Court on Wednesday for his part in an unprovoked assault on a 33-year-old man in the early hours of August 3 last year.

Described as a “thug” by the victim’s sister, Broderick did not face the same fate as his co-attacker, Falcon Kaine Walsh, who was jailed for two years and six months by Judge Tony Adeane.

The teen had been a Hawke’s Bay junior cricket representative and attended Hastings Boys’ High School on a sports scholarship.

The judge added there had been a “developmental block in [Broderick’s] brain” and the beating, “probably fuelled by alcohol”, was a “brain explosion”.

Judge Mackintosh needs some remedial lessons and she should take those in the court of Judge Tony Adeane who knows how justice should be dispensed.

Fairbrother is of course a failed Labour politician.

Mr Fairbrother said it was appropriate for public comment to be made about sentences, but the rule of law required the public to have confidence in the justice system and to “refrain from personal criticism of a judge”.

“If Mr McVicar is genuinely unhappy with a pattern of sentencing, then he should take that up with the Minister of Justice or Parliament’s justice and electoral committee.”

He later added the onus remained with the defendant or the Crown to prove a mistake had been made when appealing a sentence.

“It’s not for someone who wasn’t in court to pass judgment on a judge and their decision.”

Really?

That’s just horse do-do right there. Of course judges should be held to account. I’ll bet dollars to goat poos that this vicious little ratbag will be back before the courts inside 5 years.

 

– HB Today

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