Police to appeal Losi Filipo discharge without conviction sentence

applause-signNZ Herald 29 September 2016
Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.

Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.

He was charged with assaulting Kelsey Odell, 22, her boyfriend Hayden Williams, 22, Greg Morgan, 21, and Olivia Samuels, 22.

The sentence caused an outcry from Filipo’s victims and other members of the public, who say Filipo should be convicted.

In a media statement, the Crown Law Office said the Solicitor-General had reviewed the matter.

The confirmation of an appeal was immediately applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.

“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.

“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”
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Police to appeal Losi Filipo’s discharge without conviction
NewsTalk ZB 29 September 2016
Police are to appeal the discharge without conviction of Losi Filipo.

Filipo, 18, was last month discharged without conviction for an attack that occurred in central Wellington in October 2015.

The confirmation of an appeal was also applauded by Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative lobby group Family First NZ.

“This offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females,” he said.

“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime.”
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/police-to-appeal-losi-filipos-discharge-without-conviction/

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