Learn about the aims of the Sensible Sentencing Trust. What we are trying to achieve and who we have working with us to make New Zealand a safer place for everyone...
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A collection of useful information that we have collated from various sources, which will be helpful for victims of crime...
This is a section where the stories of the victims of crime, their families and loved ones can be told, in their own words...
News & Events
Stephen Whittaker escaped conviction for murder earlier this week having been found not guilty of the offence by reason of insanity. Whittaker, who has changed his name to Scipio, stabbed Bronwyn Sadler to death in a frenzied attack in September …
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is asking what it would take before a judge utilized legislation available and handed down a Life without Parole sentence. The Trust has criticized the sentence of ‘life’ with a minimum non parole period of 23 …
Meet the team
- Garth McVicar —
CEO | National Spokesperson
Garth has inspired thousands of New Zealanders to support his vision of a safe society resulting in SST becoming the largest privately funded Victim’s Advocacy and Justice Reform organisation in New Zealand.
- Ruth Money —
Assistant to the CEO | National Spokesperson
Ruth fiercely advocates for victims of violent crime supporting them at court, assisting them with the legal processes and networking them with other victims who have experienced similar tragedy as well as speaking with the media regarding SST’s policies.
- Leigh Woodman —
National Victims Portfolio Manager: SSGT
Leigh is very proud to be a part of the SSGT and what we are achieving. She holds the National Victim Adviser Portfolio and along with other Victim Advisers who dedicate long hours and do an extraordinary job.
The Victims Speak
Nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child. My worst nightmare became reality when Michael was beaten, robbed and left to die alone in the street. Sensible Sentencing helped me through the grief, through his perpetrators’ long, emotionally taxing trials, through the financial burden that comes with legal support and through the fight for change. Michael’s perpetrators were eligible for parole before they had finished their sentence. My son’s death took its toll on us emotionally and physically, and it affected our family’s relationships. It doesn't make sense that offenders’ rights should come before their victims’, and with Sensible Sentencing we’re doing everything we can to change that.RITA CROSKERY
My husband, Gil and I became volunteers for the Sensible Sentencing Trust after we lost Sophie. To lose our daughter in such a horrendous way and then have to deal with what became a very public murder trial was almost unbearable. Garth and the team stood by us throughout the entire 18 months that it took to get the justice Sophie deserved, and now we’re standing behind them in their efforts to make New Zealand a safer place. Our gift to Soph is the Sophie Elliott Trust and the work we do with SST. By raising awareness to the signs of abuse we hope to save other parents, families and friends from going through what we have been through, then her death won’t have been in vain.LESLEY ELLIOTT