Assault

Supreme Court rejects scumbag’s appeal

A MAN who bashed a dementia patient, who allegedly made homosexual advances towards him, has failed to convince the Supreme Court to overturn a conviction for wounding with intent.

Jamie Gurran was convicted on the wounding with intent charge following a district court trial in which the Crown alleged he had over-reacted to what he perceived to be a homosexual advance by the victim, a 75-year-old man who at the time happened to be a friend of the accused.

He unsuccessfully appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal and then recently filed an appeal against that ruling with the Supreme Court.

The victim told police he had been kicked in the shins, stomach, ribs and around the head by Gurran, who also slapped him in the face. He denied making a homosexual advance.

The victim was unable to give evidence at the trial and died shortly afterwards, apparently from natural causes.

Gurran claimed the victim’s injuries had occurred when he ‘fell in the toilet’, not because he had beaten and kicked him.

However, after the trial Gurran wrote to the sentencing judge ‘in terms which the Court of Appeal (subsequently) said could only… be read as an admission to the offending where he expressed regret for what had happened and apologised.’ Read more »

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Guilty plea from “te reo speaker” bullshitter

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The woman who led the media on a merry dance over her alleged assault appeared in court yesterday and pled guilty.

An Auckland woman who claimed she was punched for speaking te reo outside a bar has admitted assaulting the man who allegedly hit her.

Shona Louise Maiden approached media claiming she had five teeth knocked out by a man outside the 123 Casino Karaoke Bar in Howick after New Year’s celebrations there, but was less than candid about her own role in the incident.

Maiden, who is of European and Maori descent, said she said “ka kite ano” (see you later) to people standing outside the pub and was confronted by Ernest Opai who asked why a “palagi” would use such words.

The Howick mother of four told the Herald he then punched her several times – knocking out five teeth, cracking her top plate and leaving her unable to eat.

“Cry Baby” Shona Maiden is not a victim – also charged with assault

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Two days ago, you may recall, Whaleoil ran a Cry Baby of the Week post about Shona Maiden and her claim she was punched in the mouth for speaking Te Reo.

She ran to the NZ Herald who were very happy to assist her with twisting her sorry story.

At the time, it set off my BS radar and I did some digging.  One of the interesting things is that the number of teeth that came out changed depending on who she talked to.   But I also spoke to some sources closer to the incident.  Late yesterday the rest of the media caught up as the Police released this statement:

Police have investigated an incident that occurred outside the 123 Karaoke bar in Howick on Friday 1 January 2016 and a decision has been made to prosecute a 46-year-old female and a 43-year-old male.

As part of the investigation, police have viewed CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

The version of events given by the 46-year-old female is not substantiated by this footage.

It has been educational to watch commenters on our blog, and even on other pathetic tumbleweed blogs,  go straight for the “Cam Slater is victim blaming” angle without taking any of the known facts into account or doing some of their own investigating.   Read more »

Cry baby of the Week: Shona Maiden

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via NZ Herald – not beyond using kids for a story

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Shona Maiden

The Incident:

Shona Maiden was heading home after celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at her local bar – 123 Casino Karaoke Bar, in Howick – when she was assaulted, she says.

A police spokeswoman confirmed they are investigating the assault of a woman, aged 46, outside the establishment in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

At the bar’s closing time, Ms Maiden, who is of European and Maori descent, said she said “ka kite ano” (see you later) to people who had been standing outside. The mother-of-four, who lives in Howick, said a man then swore and yelled at her, questioning why a “palagi” would use such words. Read more »

Paul Henry assault accused has zero contrition and may get off

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…[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.

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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.


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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

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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 »