Story: Victims of crime

Reading a victim impact statement

Reading a victim impact statement

Gilbert Elliott, father of murder victim Sophie Elliott, reads a victim impact statement at the sentencing of her killer Clayton Weatherston in 2009. The Victims' Rights Act 2002 placed greater emphasis on the victim's right to present to the court a statement describing the impact of the crime on their life. As well as having an influence on the sentence imposed, the statement was a way for victims to impress on offenders the consequences of their actions. Controversially, judges reserved the right to delete parts of statements that could be legally sensitive. Elliott's statement was censored in parts.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Victims of crime - Law reforms, 1990s and 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26851/reading-a-victim-impact-statement (accessed 25 February 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2018