People want name suppression so they don’t appear on WOBH.
I bet he didn’t say he wanted name suppression so he didn’t appear in the NZ Herald.<
Or on radio.
Or on TV.
A man accused of possessing objectionable material has been given name suppression, after concerns were raised that he could be targeted by Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater .
The suppression argument, which was heard today and last Friday in the Palmerston North District Court, revolved around what Judge Stephanie Edwards described as a “protracted” case stretching back nearly three years.
The man had interim name suppression orders rolled over after each court appearance, but an order had not been properly made on the two charges he faces, the judge said.
The man has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and elected trial by jury.
During the argument, defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said he had seen the man at various states of distress during proceedings.
“I know full well what a catastrophic effect publication will have.”
Steedman said the man would likely be targeted by Slater if named, which would have an effect on both the man’s health and his fair trial rights.
The judge gave the man name suppression today, after deciding naming him before the case was resolved could unfairly influence jury members.
The jury members were unlikely to understand some of the steps which had taken place for the case to get to where it was now, she said.
The judge also said naming him before the case was resolved would cause extreme hardship to him and people he knew. Read more »