14 Nov 2009

Call not to censor victim impact statements

6:24 am on 14 November 2009

The father of Sophie Elliott, who was stabbed to death last year, says he wants victims of crime to have the right to tell offenders the impact their actions has had on their lives, without being censored.

Clayton Weatherston, 33, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 18 years in September, for the murder of Ms Elliott.

He has since lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Gil Elliott says he is angry his victim impact statement was censored by the judge who jailed Weatherston.

He told Checkpoint victims must be able to have more freedom when reading their statements out.

The Government is reviewing victims' rights, with proposals for public discussion will be released before Christmas.