Bad journalism, bad blogging, bad case in Youth Court

A bad case in the Youth Court of two rapes, bad reporting, bad MP reactions, bad blogging and predictable blog comments rife with inaccuracies and misdirected blame.

Initial misleading report at Stuff: Teenage rapist ‘got off very lightly’ after admitting sex attacks on two girls

A teenager was spared jail for rape after a court heard he had a promising career as a sportsman ahead of him.

The now 18-year-old, who has previously represented New Zealand on the world stage, admitted charges of rape and sexual violation in the Auckland Youth Court.

But he will not be jailed after a judge took into account his “outstanding talent” when sentencing him for sex attacks on two teenage girls.

The teenager has automatic  and, aside from his record noting the Youth Court appearances, faces no punishment.

There was outrage on Twitter, only some of it justified.

David Farrar at Kiwiblog: Name suppression disgrace

He’s raped and assaulted two girls and he gets permanent name and not even a slap on the wrist – all because he is good at sports.

That is sickening.

I’m not saying he should go to prison. But to face no punishment at all is terrible, and no one should get name suppression for serious violent or sexual offending if they have been found guilty.

The victims must feel terrible that after what he did to them, he gets off totally. Not even community service, a fine, home detention etc. He gets zilch all because he is good at sports.

The Crown must appeal this travesty of a sentence.

Some of this is inaccurate because the Stuff report was inaccurate, but DPF has added his own inaccuracies. The offender got off very lightly, but did not get off totally.

Uninformed outrage ensued, including from a lawyer. other lawyers set the record straight…

GPT1

If you are going to rant and rave can you please get the law right. It was in the Youth Court. Suppression is the law. There was a time when you did analysis not talkback by blog.

…but as is common at Kiwiblog they were downticked for adding facts to the discussion.

Graeme Edgeler on Twitter also pointed out facts of the matter.

Stuff corrected their story: Teenage rapist ‘got off very lightly’ after admitting sex attacks on two girls

A teenager who has hopes of being a professional sportsman has failed in his bid to keep any record of his charges for rape and sexual violation from his record.

The teenager, who has previously represented New Zealand on the world stage, admitted the charges in the Auckland Youth Court.

The now 18-year-old has automatic name suppression and, aside from his record noting the Youth Court appearances, he faces no punishment.

An advocate for survivors of sexual abuse says the teenager has “got off very lightly”.

* CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the teenager had been spared jail after a court heard of his promising sport career. In fact, because the case was heard in the Youth Court a jail term was not a sentencing option available to the judge. We regret the error.

That has been pointed out on Kiwiblog but it hasn’t stopped the outrage raging.

Even an ex-Minister of Justice jumped on the bash-wagon (albeit reacting to first the Stuff report).

For anyone who wants to understand the court judgment accurately 2018-NZYC-490_New-Zealand-Police-v-OV.pdf [311 KB]

Tutira Mai

There have been attempts to get All Black supporters singing more at games with Tutira Mae.

It’s not the most rousing of songs but it swings along ok. The lyrics are simple but good, and it’s uniquely us.


Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi – Stand Together People

Our performance as Kiwi sports fans off the pitch needs to improve. Imagine if the performance of the world’s best rugby team’s fans could match the performance of the world’s best rugby team? Imagine if we put aside our cultural cringe, and adopted a common chant that all kiwis would be proud to belt out when our boys and girls on the field (any field, of any sport) need it.

We propose to you that we adopt lyrics from the incredible song ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi’ as our national chant, and that forthwith we all commit to learning it, practicing it, and then proudly yelling it at the top of our lungs at every opportunity in every sporting match ever. If you don’t know the song, or have forgotten, consider the words:

Tūtira mai ngā iwi – (Stand Together People)
Aue (Yeah Baby!)
Tātou tātou e (All of us, all of us)

Here’s is how we see it playing out… it’s 78th minute of the test. The ABs are grinding it out, defending their line against a relentless onslaught of yellow jerseys as the opposition forward lurch towards the line in yet another wave. Our boys are tired, the crowd is silent, the team needs our support… and then, from the crowd, a clear voice yells out – initially alone, but quickly joined by hundreds around them ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi!’ and the whole crowd – the ENTIRE of Eden Park – joins in the refrain ‘Aue!’. Then again ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi’, and ‘Aue!’. Then a third time ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi’ and ‘Aue!’ and finally, 60,000 people on their feet all yell the final refrain ‘Tātou tātou e’! Cue the rejuvenated ABs to win the turnover ball, run the length of the pitch for a runaway game winning try, and then crowned the champions again – all buoyed along by the support of their home crowd and their new chant.

The Song

Tūtira mai ngā iwi, (aue!)
tātou tātou e
Tūtira mai ngā iwi, (aue!)
tātou tātou e
Whaia te marama-tanga,
me te aroha – e ngā iwi!
Kia tapatahi,
Kia ko-tahi rā
Tātou tātou e
(Repeat)

Tā-tou tā-tou
(tahi, rua, toru, wha)
Hi aue hei !!!

Stand together people
All of us, all of us
Stand in rows people
All of us, all of us
Seek after knowledge
and love of others – everyone
Think as one
Act as one
All of us, all of us
(Repeat)

All of us, All of us!!
(one, two, three, four)
Hi aue hei !!!

 

Onslaught of sport

The sporting year was already cranking up. We’ve just had League Nines and Rugby Sevens weekends. The Breakers and the Phoenix have resumed their schedules. And many eyes are on Lydia Ko’s internationmal golfing progress.

But this weekend sport has raised a few notches.

The Super 15 kicked off for the year last night in Christchurch, with the Crsuaders being shocked by some Aussie team (the Melbourne Rebels deservedly won). The Brimbies hammered the Reds in Aus. And right now the Hurricanes are playing in South Africa. The beginning of six or seven games a weekend.

And today the Cricket World Cup starts in Christchurch, after an already busy cricket lead up schedule. Siz weeks of internatikonal cricket to come.

Cricket World Cup Official Website

Some will love this onslaught of sport. I’m certainly interested in keeping an eye on things.

Others won’t be so keen as Stuff depicts in Six weeks as a cricket widow – where do they find people to put themselves forward for stories like this? But they seem to have blooped.

LOSING BATTLE: Heather Casterline will cut a lovely figure for the next month and a half…

I don’t think Collette Devlin meant ‘lovely’, she seems to have dropped the ball there, as did her editors.

I hope the Black Caps are more accurate today.