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Law too soft on 'king hits': Peters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters © Getty Images New Zealand First leader Winston Peters

Winston Peters wants the law changed so that "king hit" killers serve long sentences.

The NZ First leader told the Police Association's conference on Friday a message had to go out: "Land one of these cowardly punches and you're behind bars for a long time."

Mr Peters listed three recent cases where one-punch killers had been sentenced to terms of 22 months, three years and four-and-a-half years.

"There is something very wrong and out of balance if, in a small country like this, we can't walk safely on our streets, no matter the time of day or night," he said.

"Why can't a man wait for a burger without fear of attack?"

Mr Peters wants the "king hit" punch defined in law as "an event that is unexpected and unprovoked but of such force to the head that it is likely to cause incapacitation, injury or death".

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