Victims' advocate celebrates move to reword 'not guilty on account of insanity'

Victims are welcoming the news politicians will consider renaming the wording used for legally insane offenders.

Louise Upston's Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill would change the 'not guilty on account of insanity' verdict to something which acknowledges the crime.

It was drawn from the ballot as a Member's Bill on Thursday.

Victims advocate Ruth Money says she got goosebumps when she found out.

"I'm just overwhelmed with joy for these victims who will now feel like they matter again. My phone's going crazy, honestly there's been so many tears it's fabulous."

It's not clear what the term would be changed to, but Money believes it will be an improvement.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of work around what is that magic word - is it 'proven'? Is it 'guilty but mentally unwell'?"

She said acknowledgment is everything.

"It's really important for the victim or the victim's whānau to have that accountability sit where it needs to sit - with the person who caused that harm."


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