25 Aug 2010

Sister of murder victim calls for longer non-parole terms

12:33 pm on 25 August 2010

The sister of a Hawke's Bay woman killed in London has made a speech at Parliament calling for longer non-parole jail sentences for murderers in New Zealand.

Debbie Marlow said this country would do well to impose longer sentences like the 26 year non-parole term given to Matthew Fagan, the killer of her sister Catherine Marlow.

She told the Sensible Sentencing Trust conference that the long sentence has helped her family to move forward and rebuild their lives.

She says the New Zealand Government needs to impose longer non-parole sentences to help families to get on with lives instead of fighting the system.

Justice Minister Simon Power says he will have a closer look at the two systems but says parole is subject to ongoing review work by the Justice Ministry.

About 150 people were at the conference including the parents of murder victims Liam Ashley, Sophie Elliott, Augustine Borrell, Karl Kuchenbecker and Liberty Templeman.