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Where is the deterrent for female offending?

We can’t say that women have never been criminals. I recall as a child the local Postmistress being jailed for “borrowing’ money in an elaborate fraud that eventually became too big to conceal. Certainly there is a frequency and variety of offending that we now see in the media, that we didn’t see before.

Women’s Refuge theft:

Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare said the case had brought the organisation into disrepute but it was not the sentence or reparation figure they were concerned with. “What we want to achieve is for Kathy to get the help she needs so she’s no longer a risk to the community,” she said.


A gambling-addicted former Women’s Refuge manager who cheated the charity out of more than $100,000 won’t have to pay it back. Nor will she go to jail.

The money for the refuge came from Social Development Ministry funds and emergency community grants given due to an increase in service needs. Nearly all of the emergency money was used to fund Grant’s gambling.

I’m left wondering how many times this might have happened and not been reported? Was it only the size of the theft or because it was tax-payer grants that it was reported?

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Pre-School theft

Again in this story the issue is brought to light not through the courts but an ERA investigation. The matter not being processed through the courts surely adds to under reporting of female crime. How can employers rely on criminal report checks during the employment process?

Authority member Eleanor Robinson also said her employers had found her responsible for accounting discrepancies totalling about $20,000 at the preschool.

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Facebook predator:

Parents spoke of the horrendous effects on sons who had been caught in her web, and one mother believed Burgess was at least partly responsible for her son’s suicide in October 2010.

Natalia Burgess, 29, was unmasked in early 2011 after scores of Christchurch boys admitted they had been drawn in by her posing as an attractive teenage girl on numerous fake Facebook profiles.

Judge Gerard Winter was prepared to sentence Burgess last week but at the last minute, her father tendered his house as a possible home detention address.

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Irresponsible dog owner

Nadia Wrigley, 35, admitted this week in the Nelson District Court one charge under the Dog Control Act, of failing to ensure that “Missy”, her labrador-bull cross, did not injure, endanger, or distress any livestock.

Apart from the $500 fine, Wrigley was ordered to pay $9000 in reparation and the clean-up costs. This sum included a $1000 emotional harm payment, to be split between those who had to clean up the 58 carcases from the mauling.

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No Deterent Here

A Hamilton judge gave a Cambridge woman a get out of jail free card today after asking her to write him a letter of remorse expressing how sorry she was for ripping off taxpayers of nearly $200,000.

Dudeck now claims the dubious title of Waikato’s worst benefit fraudster, after overtaking Sandra Epere, 52, who was last year sentenced for claiming more than $186,075 over 19 years after claiming a benefit while married.

I am little curious as to why the journalist named the Judge as Peter Spiller and then referred to the Judge as ‘she’.

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