Police Appeal Taufahema Decision

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PRESS RELEASE


POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NEW SOUTH WALES

PO Box A1097, Sydney South, NSW 1232

PHONE:  (02) 9265 6777

FAX:  (02) 9265 6789

EAGLENET  57071


18 December 2009


Police appeal Taufahema decision


Police have today called for the decision to allow one of the men jailed for the

manslaughter of Senior Constable Glenn McEnalley to stay in Australia to be

overturned. 


The Administrative Appeals Tribunal decided not to cancel Motekiai

Taufahema’s visa on the 23rd of November. 


Police Association of NSW Vice President Scott Weber said the decision has

angered police and the wider community. 


“It’s critical this decision is overturned immediately,” Mr Weber said. 


“This bloke has been convicted of killing an on duty police officer. Surely

common sense has to prevail in instances like this. 


“In March 2012 he could be back on our streets. The government owes it not only

the country’s police, but to the Australian community, to ensure that does not

happen. 


“In this case the criminal justice system has failed Glenn McEnallay, his family,

the community and all the brave police officers who put their lives on the line

everyday.


“This man has spent 12 of his 21 years in Australia behind bars and committed

one of the most heinous acts possible. We can’t have people like this wandering

our streets. 


“The decision needs to be reversed, there’s no doubt about that. The government

now has an opportunity to rectify this serious mistake.”


Media contact: 

Scott Weber, 0401 709 342




Alana Mew, 0423 377 567







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