Story: Victims of crime

Unusual restorative justice

Unusual restorative justice

In early 2008 John Little (left), guitarist in Whanganui heavy-metal band Pariah, assaulted a man while drunk. As well as apologising and paying reparation to the victim, Little had to take part in a restorative justice programme, including community service. Little suggested that as part of this, Pariah could raise money for Victim Support. The idea went down well with both victim and judge. The band is seen playing at the first of two fundraising gigs in Whanganui's Majestic Square.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Victims of crime - Law reforms, 1990s and 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

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