The defence of provocation, which can be used to reduce murder to manslaughter, has been abolished.Click through for the whole article.
Parliament passed the repeal bill last night by 116 votes to five, with only the Act Party opposing it.
Justice Minister Simon Power introduced the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill in August after the Law Commission had twice recommended abolition.
He said at the time the Government considered the law was flawed.
"It effectively provides a defence for lashing out in anger, not just any anger but violent, homicidal rage," Mr Power said.
"It rewards lack of self-control by enabling an intentional killing to be categorised as something other than murder."
...Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party supported the repeal bill and there were cries of "shame" when Act MP David Garrett said his party opposed it.
Provocation can still be considered as a factor during sentencing.
It's nice to think that something good has come from Sophie Elliot's death. However it would have been even nicer if repeal had happened after the repeated use of the homosexual panic brand of the provocation defence. It shouldn't have taken the brutal murder of a straight, Pakeha woman from a middle class background, and the incredibly offensive defence tactics adopted by Clayton Weatherston, to make people realise this change was necessary.
Idiot/Savant will I'm sure be a happier blogger this morning.