That's right, they tortured and killed their relative and received community service.
Justice France acknowledged some might not see the sentences as adequate but his reasons included:
- They were trying to save, not harm, her.
- Sleep deprivation greatly affected rational judgment.
- High level of co-operation with police afterwards.
- No-one suffered more from the death than the offenders and their family.
So, if you suffer when you're drowning your sister for two days, make sure you don't get any sleep, and proclaim that you're trying to save her. That makes it A-OK. How does that make any logical sense?
Ms Moses' family thought she was under a makutu (a Maori curse) connected with her sister stealing a concrete lion from the Greytown Hotel.
In the days before her death on October 12, 2007, her extended family gathered around her. The Crown said she was mentally ill but the family took advice from a tohunga.
Apparently misunderstanding his advice, the family tried to cure her themselves when she deteriorated.
Group hysteria took over and they made up a treatment using water, the judge said.
A 14-year-old girl also injured that night recovered and is back living with the two caregivers who were acquitted of allowing her to be ill-treated.
Ms Moses' paternal grandfather, Charlie Moses, who had tried to get outside help for her, said he accepted the sentences. "All we want to do is get on with our life. As far as I'm concerned the outcome was right."
His tearful wife, Janet, after whom Ms Moses was named, said her granddaughter was "at peace now".
Hours later, the extended Rawiri family emerged from the court building. None, including Ms Moses' mother, would comment but another relative, Te Waina Pou, said the sentences were a relief.
"[The whanau] will get together and begin to live their lives again. There's a lot of love here ... I think all this has strengthened them."
Greytown Hotel owner Wayne Agent, says the lion statues seized as evidence should be returned. "It's not that we want them back, but they came from here and they may as well come back. I intend to have them blessed when they return."
This is completely insane to me. Perhaps a part of their "community service" should be to learn critical thinking skills as well as a healthy dose of skepticism. I don't have a good answer for what's appropriate in such a situation. But this doesn't seem like the right way to handle things. A woman was tortured and died a horrible death because of religion. If it were done out of "love" in any other circumstance, the family would at least be locked up for being criminally insane, wouldn't they?
Why does their "sacred" religion make it OK to torture and kill? And how often do horror stories like these go on every day around the world, and we don't hear about them because they seem normal to the locals? It's barbaric.