Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government is being urged by the ACT Party to immediately review bail laws following yesterday's sentencing of Haiden Davis for the murder of Augustine Borrell.
Davis was found guilty of murder by a jury and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.
The jury was not told during the trial that when he murdered the Auckland Grammar School student he was on bail for other violent offending and had twice breached his bail conditions.
He also had a list of previous convictions, many of them for violence.
ACT's law and order spokesman, David Garrett, said today bail laws were a disgrace.
"This case highlights the myriad serious failures that exist with our bail laws," he said.
"This failure is made all the worse by the unusual step of sentencing Davis immediately upon being found guilty.
"This has denied the Borrell family the right to make victim impact statements before sentencing."