Dan Hooker slams New Zealand justice system after controversial manslaughter conviction

Dan Hooker calls for law change after controversial death punch conviction

Dan Hooker took to Twitter to express his disappointment with New Zealand’s justice system after he felt Daniel Havili’s sentence was too light, at just two years and four months, following a punch ” coward” who killed Fau Vake.

MMA fighter Fau Vake and his brother were attacked in Auckland last May by four men, with Vake eventually killed by a punch from Havili.

Hooker was unimpressed with the proceedings, saying the logic of Havili’s sentence reduction didn’t make sense for the manslaughter and assault with intent to injure charges.

“I was in court today for an hour listening to two dusty old bitches agree that because it only took one punch to kill my brother, it meant it was just of ‘moderate’ violence and that his sentence should be reduced,” Hooker said on Twitter.

“He was also qualified for house arrest. It is only due to the media attention on the case that he will serve his sentence in a cell. If we had remained silent, he would be at home with his family.

“The New Zealand justice system is a fucking joke… If you kill someone with one punch, you get a reduced sentence here.”

“Loose” punches

The logic that a ‘loose’ punch causing death should lead to less liability for the defendant was a notion that Hooker expressed concern about and with the latest news on the case, Hooker claims that a change in the law should be the obvious course of action.

“I don’t think there’s a reasonable person who won’t think a change in the law will be necessary,” Hooker told 1News.

“That must be the spark, there must be some kind of good to be had from the situation.”

Speaking on behalf of the family of the deceased, Hooker revealed how difficult that conclusion was.

“It’s a heartbreaking result for our entire team,” Hooker told 1News.

“It’s a long process. It’s been a year since this happened. And getting to that point and finding no closures is definitely tough.

If his warnings go unheeded, Hooker fears history will repeat itself.

“It will happen again, mark my words.”

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