27 Jan 2012

Reserved decision in Sensible Sentencing Trust hearing

4:53 pm on 27 January 2012

Wellington District Court has reserved its decision on whether a pressure group should be granted extra time to sue two government departments over their handling of convicted murderer, Graeme Burton.

Burton killed Karl Kuckenbecker in the Wainuiomata hills in 2007 while on parole after serving a life sentence for an earlier murder.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust claims the Police and Corrections departments breached their legal duty to ensure that nothing done by their employees at work causes harm to others.

The lawyer for the departments told the district court on Friday that the trust had wanted to prosecute the Ministers of Police and Corrections, along with the Parole Board but were not able to do so.

Instead, he said, they had decided to go after departmental staff and the extension of time should not be granted.