Should be jailed

October 2nd, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A former Christchurch man with more than 158 convictions, including 11 for driving while disqualified, drove at more than three times the speed limit in a residential area while children played, a court has heard.

Howard , 41, who recently moved to Nelson, has been sentenced in the Nelson District Court for dangerous driving and for driving while disqualified for the 12th time.

Police said that about 9am on January 12, they received calls from residents of Dunns Ave, near the Pines Beach, north of Christchurch.

Braithwaite was driving an unregistered, unwarranted Holden about 100kmh in a 30kmh zone. He drove around the small streets at that speed, skidding at every corner.

Lucky to not be facing manslaughter.

Residents were on the footpath, and several children were playing near the road, police said.

One resident followed Braithwaite in an attempt to get him to stop, but he braked the car suddenly, and the resident collided into the rear of the car.

Police found Braithwaite at his house a short time afterwards. He had changed his shirt in an attempt to confuse them regarding his identity and told them he had been home at the time of the offending.

He failed a breath test, but passed a subsequent evidential test.

Not sure if it is better or worse than he was not totally pissed.

Judge Richard Russell said Braithwaite had 15 pages of previous convictions, accumulated between 1989 and 2012.

Among these were 11 previous convictions for driving while disqualified, 20 convictions for other driving offences, and more than 80 other convictions.

It was by “a very fine margin indeed” that he had decided on home detention, Judge Russell said.

He sentenced Braithwaite to six months home detention, 150 hours of community work, and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.

I’d be thinking a lifetime disqualification from driving and 18 months inside! How long until he kills someone?

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24 Responses to “Should be jailed”

  1. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    How did the neighbour catch up if he was going that speed? Was he doing laps?

    12 chances over 24 years, he’s clearly not going to see the error of his ways.

    There needs to be some sort of exponential jail time “reward” for unrepentant multi multi recidivist fkwits like this.

    Maybe we could call it “three strikes”…?

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  2. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    That “Dad stole my girlfriend” story from 2008 in the “related posts” is excellent, also.. :-)

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  3. Longknives (4,949 comments) says:

    And more..

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9235506/Heavily-pregnant-drink-driver-caught

    *Now reading ‘Dad Stole my Girlfriend’- It’s riveting stuff!

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  4. ldypen (42 comments) says:

    Oh FFS! 6-month home detention, no doubt consisting of getting pissed everyday on our taxes… lock him up for 18-months, I would rather the taxes go to keeping the idiot inside where he can drink the toilet wine and deal with his roommate Bubba! choice.

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  5. anonymouse (704 comments) says:

    I wonder if he blamed the earthquake this time

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6462853/Partners-plea-saves-man-from-jail

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  6. virtualmark (1,305 comments) says:

    We might be better off if we let the Judge determine guilt or innocence and then had a 12-member jury decide on the punishment …

    Judge Russell needs to be added to the “Wet bus ticket” list.

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  7. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    Like others here, I cannot understand why soft cock sentences are handed down to recidivists.

    The moron concerned has regularly thumbed his nose at Society and yet, for his 159th offence, Judge Russell said:

    It was by “a very fine margin indeed” that he had decided on home detention

    A ‘fine margin’???? Whaaaat???

    This imbecile has proven time and time again he can’t behave himself. So he deserves to be locked up – for years!

    And this taxpayer has not the slightest issue with my taxes being spent on keeping morons just like him, behind bars.

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  8. berend (1,689 comments) says:

    And when do we get to vote our judges? Judge Richard Russell should get a life-time disqualification.

    I think we should get the right of judge recall in this country with options to ban for years or even a life-time.

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  9. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Betcha the Judges have been told to slow down the prison sentences. It happens when the prisons get full.

    And he would have got 6 months at most then would have been kicked out in the pre-Xmas clean out when they let as many go as possible. Periodic detention for 12 months would have made more sense at least he has to turn up one day a week and do some work.

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  10. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    120 dishonesty offences.

    Good grief. I’ve said before, surely there should be some sort of cut off where we just conclude that the person simply doesn’t want to be part of society, and it’s cheaper just to lock them up for good or something – rather than letting them out to cause carnage, waste police time, victim grief, and then back to prison.

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  11. burt (7,423 comments) says:

    When is Cunliffe going into bat for these people ???

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  12. dime (10,207 comments) says:

    41 years old? can the judge order an IQ test? what a fuckin loser.

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  13. Chuck Bird (4,890 comments) says:

    41 years old? can the judge order an IQ test? what a fuckin loser.

    Can an EQ test be ordered for a judge that dishes out such a pathetic sentence? That is almost as bad as the sentence handed out to Davina Murray.

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  14. Michael (913 comments) says:

    An 18 month disqualification can be longer than a lifetime ban – you can apply to get it reinstated after one year. (Yes, I know that needs fixing and to make it 5 or 10 years before you can apply.)

    And yes, I’d be much happier if this guy was locked away for a long time, just to make the streets safer.

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  15. doggone7 (845 comments) says:

    People mock the lack of intelligence of people who act like Howard David Braithwaite. They seem however to have the luck or intelligence to not kill the sons or daughters of Judges or Members of Parliament. Imagine the action if they did.

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  16. Fisiani (1,051 comments) says:

    i’m musing on perhaps a suspended sentence

    suspended from a short rope.

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  17. edhunter (554 comments) says:

    Chuck I saw your post over on GD but was way to late to comment, but on the face of it the difference between Davina & Prison Guard is like light & day.
    What I’d like to know is how Peter Williams QC sleeps at night, I’ve only ever seen him associated with scum & the guilty.

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  18. Paul Marsden (990 comments) says:

    dime (7,321) Says:

    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    41 years old? can the judge order an IQ test? what a fuckin loser.

    An IQ test for the Judge would be more in order.

    Regardless of the political pressure to keep crims out of jail, this needs to be balanced against the disrepute these absurd sentences bring the Courts into. There is little, if any respect for the Court’s in this country and these nonsense sentencing regiemes are in the main, responsible.

    The Minister, the Chief Justice etc, really need to pull their heads out of the sand and understand that the Courts are there to uphold and protect the the rights of society, and not those of the crims who abdicate their rights the very moment they commit a criminal act.

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  19. Chuck Bird (4,890 comments) says:

    @Edhunter

    I do not know how a lot of lawyer sleep at night. Their is a low life scumbag lawyer acting for my former friend and lawyer who borrowed a lot of money off me. If he has an IQ as high as room temp he would know his client’s story does not add up.

    I could tell you more if you email me at chuckbirdna@gmail.com

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  20. toby1845 (70 comments) says:

    DPF, if someone who watched schoolgirls in the showers can be elected as a Labour MP, this seems hardly worth mentioning…..

    Doesn’t it????

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  21. greenjacket (486 comments) says:

    “158 convictions, including 11 for driving while disqualified”

    And judge Richard Russell sentences him to 6 months home detention and disqualified from driving. Yeah – that’ll teach him a lesson.

    Judge Richard Russell is really taking the piss out of the justice system.

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  22. Azeraph (612 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t his right to have a license be taken away from him?

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  23. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Not sure jailing him will achieve much, but a lifetime driving ban is certainly warranted.

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  24. Ashley Schaeffer (535 comments) says:

    Not sure jailing him will achieve much, but a lifetime driving ban is certainly warranted.

    You’re kidding right? Eleven convictions for driving while disqualified and driving an unwarranted and unregistered car. You really think a lifetime driving ban will stop him from driving again? The only thing that will keep innocent and law-abiding citizens safe from the likes of this waste of space is to lock him away, for a long time.

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