Australian criminals link up in NZ

Australian criminals link up in NZ

Crimes already committed include sexual offending against a child and armed robbery, documents obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal.

At least 1000 deportees from Australia are expected over five years after a hardline law change in late 2014 saw a surge in people being kicked out for criminal histories or on character grounds.

Police have conservatively estimated the cost of crimes that will be committed by deportees over the next six years at $126.5 million – although Police Minister Judith Collins says reoffending has not been nearly as bad as projected.

In a recent case, a deportee left Australia on a charter flight with seven security staff after Qantas refused to take him on a commercial flight. Fewer than 10 days after arriving in New Zealand, he had committed an aggravated assault and robbery with another deportee from Australia.

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