This post originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor of the Shepparton News. It was written in response to an article published on the 12th of September 2018 that detailed the ‘frightening’ experience of an 18-year-old Kilmore woman who was arrested in Kilmore and held in the cells at Shepparton Police Station over a weekend.
MP Suzanna Sheed is concerned about the welfare and access to justice issues brought about by the concerted efforts of both sides of the political debate to be seen as ‘‘tough on crime’’.
Our laws are based on a foundation derived from Magna Carta that says a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
When the matter finally went before Magistrate John Murphy on Monday, he expressed deep concern at her treatment before releasing her on a short bond without conviction.