When Rachel MacGregor was giving evidence the other day the courtroom for some reason had a Police presence and a security guard in place.
Now we know why. It also explains why he turned up on the first two days and then disappeared.
Anna Leask from the NZ Herald reports:
Details have emerged in court about a restraining order granted to Colin Craig’s former press secretary against a counsellor she alleges posted confidential information about her in a blog post.
The Herald can reveal that Rachel MacGregor was granted a restraining order in the Waitakere District Court against Steve Taylor in May this year.
The order and the reasons for it were discussed in open court today, during day 12 of Craig’s High Court defamation trial.
Craig is accused of defaming Taxpayers’ Union director Jordan Williams – also a friend of MacGregor’s – in the Dirty Politics pamphlet he paid to publish and distribute to 1.6 million households across New Zealand.
Taylor is an associate of Craig and a former Conservative Party candidate.
He was the moderator for his allegedly defamatory pamphlet “Dirty Politics and Hidden Agendas”.
He is also a counsellor and the director of 24-7 Limited which, according to the company’s website, offers counselling and mediation to individuals, couples and families.
Sometime after MacGregor quit and following the speculation that followed about her shock departure a blog post appeared on the internet containing extremely personal information about her, including information she alleges she disclosed to Taylor.
The author of the post has never been firmly identified but MacGregor, when applying to the courts for the restraining order, alleged it was Taylor.
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