The Press reports:
New Zealand’s first second-strike violent offender has had his sentencing delayed because of the devastating Christchurch earthquake.
Manahi Ripia, 20, of Wainoni, was meant to have been sentenced in Christchurch District Court yesterday for aggravated robbery and a series of burglaries.
But because of the quake, pre-sentence preparations could not be completed. Yesterday, Judge Gary MacAskill – sitting in Rangiora Courthouse because the Christchurch courts are off limits – remanded him in custody to May 27.
Ripia was on bail after receiving a first-strike warning when he committed a further offence.
That led to him being read New Zealand’s first second-strike warning on January 26, and he was remanded in custody for sentence yesterday.
Mr Ripia seems a slow learner, commiting more crimes while on bail after his first strike. Fortunately we now have a law which won’t allow him to just receive minor sentences for-ever. At this second strike his senetence will be of normal length, but he won’t get parole, meaning he will serve the full term.
And if after release he gets convicted of a third strike for aggravated robbery, then he’s going to be off the streets for many many years.