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Three Strikes Would Have Saved Him

Posted on 19 Aug 2009

The number of killers that ACT's 'Three Strikes' law would have prevented from killing has now risen to 80 following Guy Nicholas Wilson's conviction for the 2006 murder of Noi Kai Chong Boon, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman David Garrett said today.

"The sad and undeniable reality is that Wilson's victim would be alive today had ACT's 'Three Strikes' law been in place in 2006 when Mr Boon was murdered in his own home while his girlfriend and child hid upstairs, fearing for their lives," Mr Garrett said.

"Wilson has 'a significant criminal history' with 104 previous convictions – including kidnapping, robbery, and rape. Although the Privacy Act prevents the public from knowing his exact criminal history, its severity is indicated by his sentence of preventive detention with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years for the murder.

"Wilson was given, not three but, 104 'second' chances – with even his own lawyer conceding that his client had considerably more than three convictions for what would be 'Strike' offences under ACT's proposed law.
"It is clear that had ACT's 'Three Strikes' been the law in 2006 Mr Boon would be alive today – because his killer would have been locked up at the time of the killing.

"This sad case - and the 79 cases of murder victims that preceded it – are all the evidence needed to rebut claims that 'Three Strikes' is unnecessary or would not work. Anyone who makes such claims should front up and explain themselves to Mr Boon's loved ones," Mr Garrett said.

ENDS

And under a 3 strikes law,

And under a 3 strikes law, how many people would have been unnecessarily chucked into jail forever? Do you care to put a number to that?

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