Paul Henry assault accused has zero contrition and may get off


…[T]he court heard from Mr Henry who said he was suddenly confronted by a screaming mob of semi-deranged people as he was on the way to attend a charity lunch.

“It was very threatening, extraordinarily threatening,” he said.

“That’s the huge issue for me. It was very aggressive. A couple of them were screaming at me right in my face, literally just standing there right in my face. So the options were reducing and it felt like it was becoming more and more inflamed.”

Henry said he could not pick out exactly what was being said to him but thought he heard a chant of “mouthpiece of the rich”.

Then as he was shepherded away, he was allegedly attacked.

“From behind, someone spat on me and I was pushed. For me that was the final straw. People have a right to protest and expression is very important and should be upheld. But this was way beyond where people should go,” Henry said.

“The thing I mostly remember was being spat on, which is just such a vile thing to do.”

He told the court he did not want to show the impact the incident had on him. Read more »

The Murphy Saga, Ctd

A DISTRICT Court judge was told about the violent assault of an elderly man outside an Auckland courtroom, but did not report the matter to police.

More details have emerged today about the November 2013 assault on Gordon ‘Ash’ Palmer by ex-police officer turned private investigator Daniel Thompson – the father of Daniel Toresen, the man involved in a supermarket car park stoush with Greenlane car dealer John Murphy.

Palmer was attending court as Murphy’s ‘Mackenzie friend’ and was attacked by Thompson outside the courtroom moments after the court broke for the scheduled lunch break.

Thomson and Toresen were at court that day seeking a two-year harassment order against Murphy and just prior to the assault on Palmer, Thompson had been giving evidence in relation to allegations he’d been forced to leave the police for bashing his wife.

Also at court that day was Murphy’s former business partner Colin Crisp.

Murphy claims the CCTV footage clearly shows Crisp gesturing with his right hand for Thompson to attack Palmer.   Read more »

Registered and re-hired, despite violence toward children

Teacher registration should be mandatory for all educational facilities say the teacher unions and labour. They object to voluntary registration for Charter Schools and say that kids will be left unprotected.

Meanwhile registered teachers are lining up before the authorities on all sorts of charges. And one centre even employed a teacher accused of striking children.

So much for registration protecting kids.

Education officials are “extremely concerned” a Porirua early childhood centre has re-employed a teacher accused of striking children.

The centre has again hired one of the teachers at the centre of allegations three years ago.

Katrina Casey, the Ministry of Education’s head of sector enablement and support, said it put the centre on a provisional licence and barred the teacher from having any contact with children.

“We’re extremely concerned that the early childhood education service has chosen to re-employ a teacher who had previous allegations of hitting children still unresolved,” Ms Casey said.    Read more »

The Murphy Saga, Ctd

THE FATHER of the private investigator involved in a supermarket car park stoush with car dealer John Murphy violently assaulted an elderly man outside an Auckland courtroom but was never charged over the incident.

It is now coming up two years since Gordon ‘Ash’ Palmer was assaulted by ex-policeman turned private investigator Daniel Thompson, the father of Daniel Toresen – the man accused of stalking 51-year-old Murphy.

Despite clear CCTV footage of the incident, which was witnessed by at least half a dozen people, no charges were ever brought against Thompson.

“It makes no sense at all. This was a brutal premeditated assault. Why have the police done nothing about it,” says Murphy.

“It just proves once again that Thompson and his family are immune from police prosecution. They seem to be able to get away with whatever they like.”

Palmer was attending court as Murphy’s ‘Mackenzie friend’ and was attacked by Thompson outside the courtroom moments after the court broke for the scheduled lunch break.

Thomson and Toresen were at court that day seeking a two-year harassment order against Murphy and just prior to the assault on Palmer Thompson had been giving evidence in relation to allegations he’d been forced to leave the police for bashing his wife.

Also at court that day was Murphy’s former business partner Colin Crisp.     Read more »

The Murphy Saga, Ctd

Who is this man?

Who is this man?

A MEMBER of Daniel Toresen’s ‘hit squad’ chased an Auckland car dealer on foot in peak-hour traffic and then allegedly threatened to kill him – but got off scot-free after police inexplicably turned a blind eye to the offending.

Today Whaleoil can reveal more details about the violent altercation between Toresen and car dealer John Murphy outside Countdown Greenlane and what can only be described as tunnel vision on the part of police in investigating the case.

Criminal charges have been laid, but they’re against Murphy – not Toresen and his associate who on the strength of the video evidence alone are clearly the aggressors.

The footage shows Toresen’s associate assaulting Murphy three separate times with a swinging car door – the force of the final blow sufficient to cause bruising to Murphy’s upper body.

Now a second video has emerged showing what happened when the dispute spilled out on to the streets of Greenlane.

As Toresen and his colleague attempt to leave the supermarket car park, Murphy tries to stop them by using his car as a blockade.

He told Whaleoil the move was designed to give police sufficient time to respond to his 111 call.

Aware of what Murphy is doing, Toresen and his associate change direction on to Greenlane Rd and the northern motorway on ramp.

But Murphy isn’t done.

With traffic gridlocked, Toresen and his associate slow to a stop allowing Murphy the opportunity to manoeuvre his vehicle in front of theirs – again a move aimed at preventing the pair from making their getaway.

The footage then shows Murphy reversing his vehicle towards Toresen’s car.

According to Murphy, the plan was to make ‘slow measured close contact ‘with Toresen’s car, which he says he managed to do at the first go, in the hope that would be sufficient to get Toresen to pull over to the side of the road until police arrived.

When there is no sign of that happening, Murphy reverses into Toresen’s car a second time – but claims due to his level of adrenal response, and the onset of significant pain, after being assaulted, he ends up going marginally faster than expected.

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But Murphy said the video clearly showed the contact made to Toresen’s vehicle on both occasions was made at slow speeds, and was not intended to cause injury or anything but minimal vehicular damage.

Despite this, it is this action that has resulted in the Police laying the intentional damage charge, which has a maximum term of imprisonment of 7 years.

The question remains why police would charge Murphy over the incident but not Toresen’s associate, who uses a car door to strike and injure the car dealer on three separate occasions.

After the second collision, more drama follows – and again it’s Toresen’s associate who’s in the thick of the action.

After Toresen’s car is struck for the second time, Toresen’s associate exits Toresen’s car and runs to the passenger side of Murphy’s car.

He then opens the car door and tries to climb into Murphy’s vehicle, while at the same time threatening that he’s going to kill Murphy.

Concerned about the possibility of being assaulted again, Murphy attempts to drive off only to be confronted for a second time by Toresen’s associate who has worked himself up into a rage and is confronting Murphy at the passenger door window.

The man then delivers a swift kick to Murphy’s car door, leaving a sizeable dent in the vehicle’s rear panel.

According to Murphy, it’s a move designed to intimidate.

He maintains his conduct was not over the top given the circumstances and if it is viewed as a whole.

“All I was trying to do was get them to stop so police could deal with this matter. The plain fact of the matter was that I was provoked and then assaulted. When I reacted to stop them continuing the assault, and then leaving the area, my life was threatened by this man who was unlawfully trying to get into my car,” says Murphy.

“ Then my car was intentionally damaged after I was forced to accelerate away to avoid being assaulted for a second time. When you view the footage, it makes no sense that these men weren’t charged with assault, threatening to kill, attempting assault, and intentional damage. I can only assume they have the police in their pocket.”

Murphy attempted to lay a complaint against the men, but says it appears they got in first, driving immediately to Central Police Station – and police backed their version of events in spite of the video evidence.


John Murphy arrested after complaint from Toreson and his anonymous accomplice

Toresen declined a request for an interview, saying he was not in a position to comment as the matter was before the courts.

Dale Blyde, the officer handling the case, also did not respond to questions about why police had not charged either Toresen or his colleague in relation to the three alleged acts of assault against Murphy.


Stephen Cook is a multi award-winning journalist and former news editor and assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday.


Guy in Hamilton pays provisional cock tax


Things are getting a bit weird when you’re paying cock tax before you’ve even had sex.

A Hamilton man was threatened and robbed after trying to solicit sex online.

Waikato police have launched an investigation after the incident late on Monday night. Read more »

NBR go all in on calling John Key a liar


I knew this was coming.   Readers may recall I’ve been pushing the government to deal with the Sabin issue since a little after the election.

Worse, Key slipped up this morning on TV by linking two bits of information together that were previously just speculation.  Careful observers will now know exactly what kind of alleged assault Sabin is being investigated for. Read more »


Teacher named and struck off. At least that’s progress


A former teacher at a south Auckland school has had her registration cancelled after she pulled a child’s hair in order to remove them from under a table.

Mara Leau has been censured by the teachers Disciplinary Tribunal for her “serious misconduct” and had her teacher’s registration cancelled following the incident. Read more »

Sex crime former cop gets name suppression from dud judge

Some judges, precious few in my opinion, are good, others are crim hugging do-gooders who do more harm than good.

One such do-gooding dud judge has given name suppression to a former cop whose crimes were described by the judge thus:

Judge Tony Zohrab said the victim impact statement made for “distressing reading” and the woman had suffered significant emotional damage because of the offending.

“She describes the nervousness and the fear she feels living in a remote area as a consequence of this incident,” he said.

What was the crime?

A former police officer who carried a woman into bushes and indecently assaulted her has been granted permanent name suppression.

The man, who was not a Nelson officer, appeared in the Nelson District Court for sentencing yesterday on charges of indecently assaulting a woman and performing an indecent act in September 2011.

The man was in Nelson for a colleague’s stag party when he met a woman he went to school with in a bar, said the police summary of facts.

They arranged to meet for a drink after she had finished work.

After the meeting, she offered to drop him off in central Nelson, near Queens Gardens.

As they were saying goodbye the man, who was a police officer at the time, kissed her, forcing his tongue into her mouth and pressing her into the seat.

The woman pushed him off and got out of the car.

He followed, hugged her, picked her up around the waist and carried her into bushes, where he took off his pants and forced her to touch his genitals.

The offending took place on September 24, 2011.


And why did the Judge give this scumbag name suppression?

The judge said name suppression was justified because further publicity about the offending would cause extreme hardship for the defendant’s wife and children.

The man and his wife were in “fragile” mental states following previous criminal proceedings, he said.

“This is one of those situations where a merciful approach should be taken, despite the nature of the offending which reflects poorly on you.” Any details that might identify him were suppressed.

A merciful approach?

The guy is s criminal and hounded and sexually assaulted a woman who now lives in fear with her own fragile state and the judge thinks only of the crim.

We don’t have a justice system…we have a legal system.


– Fairfax


Malaysian diplomat in a New Zealand court about now

The Malaysian diplomat accused of assaulting a Wellington woman has been ushered onto a plane to Auckland [last night], his departure from Kuala Lumpur kept out of the public eye.

News media at Kuala Lumpur International Airport told Stuff that Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail went through a “special entrance” onto his flight.

Rizalman arrived in Auckland around midnight, and traveled on to Wellington where he is to appear in court this morning.

New Zealand formally filed an extradition request in recent weeks for Malaysia to return Rizalman so that he could appear in court in New Zealand. He left the country five months ago.

Rizalman was arrested on May 10, and charged by Wellington police with burglary and assault with intent to rape relating to an alleged attack on Tania Billingsley, 22, in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn. Read more »