Thursday, 24 April 2008

"Victim's family hugs accused"

From this report in today's SMH.

The dead man was Hunuki Tamapeau, who died after an altercation with the accused. The report said:

Both families declined to comment on the verdict, but the case officer, Detective Sergeant Cameron Templeton, said of Mr Tamapeau's family: "They are simply the nicest family I have ever encountered.

"They are a deeply religious and loving family who have heard the evidence - who had prayed constantly throughout the trial for not only Mr Hopper, but his family the judge, jury, the legal counsels and police.

"I have never seen anything like this in my career as a police officer. The ability of people to accept and forgive," he said.

Before leaving the court, Mr Tamapeau's family joined hands in a room and held a collective prayer for Mr Hopper.

I don't know of any other religion in the world, apart from evangelical Christianity, that consistently shows its power in this way.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Wow, this is quit a powerful story of forgiveness.