The Herald reports:
A Labour MP admits he went too far when he suggested a convicted killer and paedophile should be scalped in prison.
Stuart Nash, who is Labour’s police spokesman, responded angrily on Facebook after convicted murderer Phillip John Smith won a legal challenge against the Corrections Department yesterday over the confiscation of his toupee.
In a decision released yesterday, the High Court ruled that Smith’s right to freedom of expression was breached when his hairpiece was taken from him.
Writing on Facebook last night, Nash said: “What on earth is going on when a judge rules that a convicted murderer and paedophile’s freedom of expression was ignored and that his rights had been breached because Corrections took his hairpiece?
“He has no rights!! He sexually abused a young boy and then 4 years later stabbed this boy’s father to death as the man tried to protect his son!”
Nash went on to suggest that a fellow inmate should scalp Smith.
“Scalping is associated with American Indians but it was actually started by Europeans.
“Perhaps someone in jail who isn’t too fond of monsters who destroy little boys[sic] lives by stealing their innocence in the worst way possible could reintroduce Mr Smith to the practise[sic].”
I recall all the Labour MPs condemning Judith Collins for a poorly worded comment about double bunking. Will they be commenting on Nash’s call for other inmates to scalp Smith?