Tristram Op-Ed

The lynch mob in all of us

By the Editor, Alan Tristram
  • Do you feel slightly uneasy when you see and hear what going on in Whanganui?
  • Does it make you uneasy when you continually hear a criminal referred to as a ‘beast?’
  • Do you feel there’s a touch of hysteria loose in our green and pleasant land?

I do. The toughest question is, of course: “How would you like someone like this living near your children?


I can’t honestly say I would like it. But I also feel compelled to say: “We live in a decent society where every person — yes, even Stewart Murray Wilson  — has human rights.


And these rights may include the right to return to the human community outside a prison  — with stringent conditions — after a sen tence has been served.


I’d rather this that face the prospect of mob justice dictating what happens in this land of ours. It’s not a pretty sight.



I agree that the hysteria is unsettling and ugly. However, in reply to Jim and others, Mr Wilson has not accepted guilt as he still does not see that he has done anything wrong – his response to being questioned did he condone acts of beastiality was “it depends on how you define beastiality” (recent interview) and also his residential wishes on his release from prison were to buy a camper van and travel around New Zealand, no fixed abode, permanently. Convenient for a sexual predator and scary stuff; no wonder he is subject to the strictest parole conditions ever seen. His lawyer should not be trying to obtain more lenient living conditions, in fact he is adding to the hysteria. Mr Wilson has to prove he can live in/near a community without reoffending before he can start dictating where/how he lives.
As to the mass hysteria (whipped up by self serviing politician Mr Laws), why are we not showing the same outrage at a young man who has broken the legs of his 4 month old daugher (and possibly other injuries that she has sustained) and his sentence is 12 months home detention and a comedian who abused his daughter given a very light sentence because, in the words of the judge, “he makes us laugh.”. Yes, there was some negative response but nothing compared to the Beast of Blenheim furore.

I think it should be the death sentence for any crime that involves violence to ‘innocents’
The planet is way over populated, we just do not have the room to keep bad bastards alive.
This guy deserves an ash box at best.

He should have been sentenced to preventive detention in the first place. It would have saved all this kerfuffle. He would still be locked up and out of harms way. I’m not sure why that didn’t happen. Human rights be damned. People like Wilson are not human and should have no rights other than those provided within Her Majesties fine hotels.

Agree with Alan, agree with Jim: don’t like loaded revengeful terminology like “Beast”; didn’t know he was remorseless. Shudder to think what kind of childhood he had … look after our children, love them dearly, see a brighter future for all

While in general agreement with the above I’d question you on this statement- “And these rights may include the right to return to the human community outside a prison — with stringent conditions — after a sen tence has been served.”
After a sentence has been served?
Shouldn’t it be after the person has accepted guilt for his crimes and demonstrated he is fit to return to society?
Where, in all that has been reported, is Wilson demonstrated to have been rehabilitated?
Without that, keep him locked away.