Complicated jail term pronounced ‘cool’

April 29, 2016 | By More

Court House-entranceA judge had to “hit the books” to grapple with New Zealand’s three-strikes justice system to work out how to handle additional jail time for an offender already serving a second strike term.

Chance Mangukaha Beazley, 30, is already serving a four-year two-month term for a raid on a neighbourhood tinny house where he saw himself as “a vigilante”.

He was one of several men who raided the house because the people there were “selling drugs to kids in the community”.

Beazley, the son of deceased South Island Black Power president Ardie Beazley, is having to serve all of that sentence without parole because he was a second-strike offender.

Since then, he has admitted a separate charge of assault with a weapon over being a party to an assault by a woman who used a baseball bat.

Defence counsel Richard Peters said at the Christchurch District Court sentencing today that Beazley had been using his time well in prison. He had settled down to doing his sentence and was doing a Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology employment skills course.

Judge Jane Farish welcomed that, because she said it was a waste that Beazley was not gainfully employed.

She said she had read the Parole Act to work out how to handle a further sentencing for a second-strike offender already serving time. He is not liable for a third strike sentence.

She explained to him that by making it a cumulative term and imposing another 10 months’ jail, he would have a “notional single sentence”. He would still be likely to be considered for release by the Parole Board or the prison authorities at the end of his four-year two-month term.

They would decide whether he could be released or should go before the board.

Beazley listened to the explanation and pronounced the outcome “Cool” as he returned through the door to the cells.

 

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