And it's encouraging news so far; here's what the e-mail says:
I acknowledge receipt of your email. I note from the media reports following the sentencing of this case it was stated that the Crown would not be appealing this matter. I can advise that it is the Crown Law Office who makes decisions in relation to whether or not a matter will be appealed, not the prosecutor involved in the case or the Police. The Crown Law Office does an independent review of the case and after a thorough review of all matters relating to the case a decision will be made as to whether or not an appeal will be filed. The Crown Law Office is reviewing this file and on completion of this review a decision will be made as to whether or not an appeal will be filed. I can say that Crown Law does a very thorough review of cases for possible appeal. A very full opinion is drafted by counsel which is then reviewed by other Counsel not involved in the case before the file is submitted to the Deputy Solicitor-General responsible for the Criminal area of the law, who will make the final decision. Cases such as these are taken very seriously by our office.Kind regardsJan FulstowJan FulstowAssistant to Solicitor-General/Media AdviserCrown Law Te Tari Ture o te Karauna
We are absolutely delighted that "Cases such as these are taken very seriously by our office."; so they should be. Having highlighted our concern to Crown Law, we will now let matters take their course.
We will of course let readers know in due course what Crown Law concludes after its review, and we hope that at the very least, Crown Law will appeal Booker's sentence in the High Court.
We thoroughly appreciate the response from Ms Fulstow, and are pleased that Crown Law has not brushed off a serious and genuine concern. Many thanks to those who have written to Crown Law on behalf of Jack Booker's victim; we CAN make a difference.
Child abuse in NEVER OK.