A mother, whose teenage son was killed in a hit and run believes New Zealand’s justice system is broken.
Charlene Kraatskow wants a complete review of the system, and to appeal the sentence 19-year-old Rouxle Le Roux received.
Le Roux had drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana on the night she hit and killed 15-year-old Nathan Kraatskow on an Auckland motorway. She was sentenced to 11 months home detention, 250 hours community work and disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years.
I wouldn’t say that all deaths from careless driving should get a jail sentence for the at fault driver. But when the driver was both pissed and stoned, I’d expect them to serve some jail time to recognise the loss of life that was easily avoidable.
Also she fled the scene of the crime and was on a learners licence.
Nathan’s mother Charlene Kraatskow has since launched a petition to the Crown to appeal the sentence. At 10pm on Saturday more than 50,000 people had signed the petition.
The judge, Nicola Mathers, took into account when sentencing La Roux an early guilty plea, because she believed the young woman was remorseful.
However, the Kraatskows disagreed.
While on bail Le Roux posted a photo to Instagram of her wearing an orange jumpsuit. She captioned the image “hide your children”.
This is the appalling part. How could she get leniency after that?
And this wasn’t a one off. She did several posts making light of it all