Katie Holland

Katie Holland is the Rotorua Daily Post deputy editor

Victim's mum uncomfortable with 'naming and shaming' judges

A Rotorua Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman hopes a new website will help hold judges accountable for sentencing decisions.

However the mother of Hawea Vercoe - a Rotorua man killed in 2009 whose case is featured on the "Judge the Judges" site - says she is uncomfortable with the idea of "naming and shaming" judges.

The website went live yesterday with the aim of encouraging awareness, education and reflection on New Zealand judicial decisions.

One of the 12 cases featured is that of Rotorua school principal and regional councillor Mr Vercoe who was killed outside a Whakatane bar in 2009. Isaiah Tai was convicted of his manslaughter and sentenced to two years and 10 months' imprisonment. That was later increased to four years and six months on appeal.

His mother Rosalind Vercoe said it was "a bit unfair" to pick on isolated decisions by a judge.

View the site at www.judgethejudges.co.nz.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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