Hit-and-run killer Rouxle le Roux spared court for home detention breach

Rouxle Le Roux at an earlier appearance at the North Shore District Court. (File photo)
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Rouxle Le Roux at an earlier appearance at the North Shore District Court. (File photo)

A woman who killed a teenage cyclist in a drink and drug fuelled hit-and-run has avoided a court appearance for allegedly breaching her home detention

Rouxle Le Roux, 19, was due to appear in North Shore District Court on Wednesday for the breach, but on Tuesday Corrections withdrew the charge following a review of the circumstances.

A spokeswoman told Stuff that Corrections had decided not to pursue the charge laid against Le Roux, and instead would seek an "alternate sanction".

Nathan Kraatskow, 15, died following a hit-and-run on Oteha Valley Rd on Auckland's North Shore.
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Nathan Kraatskow, 15, died following a hit-and-run on Oteha Valley Rd on Auckland's North Shore.

"Public safety is our top priority and we take all instances of non-compliance extremely seriously," the spokeswoman said.

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"There are a range of ways in which we can do this, from issuing the offender with a formal warning, increasing their contact with Community Corrections, reducing or cancelling any approved absences for the offender, prosecution or by submitting an application to cancel the sentence and have the offender re-sentenced. Consideration is given to the seriousness of the breach and the offender's history of non-compliance."

In November, Le Roux was criticised for this photo she posted on her Instagram with the caption "hide your children".
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In November, Le Roux was criticised for this photo she posted on her Instagram with the caption "hide your children".

In accordance with section 80T of the Sentencing Act 2002, all offenders on home detention must allow a probation officer to enter their residence if the offender is required to be at the residence at the time that the probation officer seeks entry.

"Any offender who breaches the conditions of their sentence or order will be held to account," the spokeswoman added. 

Le Roux drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana on the night she hit and killed 15-year-old Nathan Kraatskow on Oteha Valley Rd on Auckland's North Shore. She was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and sentenced to 11 months home detention in December.

Nathan Kraatskow was cycling home from a friend's house when he was hit by Le Roux, who was driving 11 kilometres over the speed limit. Le Roux's alcohol and cannabis levels at the time of the crash weren't known as she did not hand herself in to police until the following morning.

Nathan was not wearing a helmet and had ran a red signal when he was hit.

After Le Roux was sentenced to home detention, more than 170,000 people signed a petition calling for an appeal of that sentence. However, Crown Law decided not to appeal the sentence, claiming it was "appropriate in all of the circumstances of the case, and there [was] no basis for an appeal". 

This week, Le Roux spoke on social media about her new life motto: "No matter what I do people are always going to find fault in it so I'm always going to be the bad guy."

She explained she had been living by the expression "kill em with kindness", due to the amount of criticism she had received.

"If your gonna throw accusations like that around then you're gonna have to walk a mile in my shoes first."

"It is meant to cause discomfort to someone by treating them in a way that is extremely kind helpful or unexpected instead of returning the insult.

"If there's one thing I know it's that two wrongs don't make a right and it's not going to do anyone any favours if I retaliate so I simply do the unexpected and be kind even when people are being cruel.

"Hate is such a ugly thing and it would be a shame if I let it consume my heart."

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