19 years non parole

February 14th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The NZ Herald reports:

Joel Loffley has been sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 19 years for the murder of baby JJ in Auckland.

The child was subjected to months of torture that included being forced to smoke cannabis, and died after being struck so hard in the stomach that his liver and pancreas split in half.

To me this seems a suitable case for life with no parole. 19 years non-parole is one of the longer non-parole minimums handed out. But it just still seems inadequate.