I have been waiting and watching for this case to come to its inevitable conclusion.
Because I have been attacked by Henk van Helmond as have many, many other people. I have also been involved in helping his victims stand up to him and this is the result of my help:
A cyberbully who threatened to name and shame a woman who wanted posts removed from his website has had the tables turned on him.
Henricus Geradus Van Helmond, 52, of Woodville had asked for $2000 when the woman told him she had legal advice about deleting her posts, leading to him being charged with blackmail.
Justice Joe Williams in the High Court at Wellington told him there was a certain poetic justice in doing to him what he had threatened to do to the victim.
In a highly emotional statement the victim, whose name is suppressed, said, “He didn’t hold a gun to my head he held a computer and it was more soul destroying than a bullet.”
She blamed her declining health on Van Helmond.
She had contact with Van Helmond through two websites that were critical of CYFs. She had been having difficulties over care of her grandchildren and made posts to the website.
Van Helmond took the websites down in 2010 but put them back up in 2012.
Justice Williams said in the meantime the victim’s relationship with CYFs had improved and she was distressed to learn her posts could still be seen and was concerned it could undermine what she had built up with CYFs.
He said she asked Van Helmond to take her posts down.
“You responded in an extraordinarily aggressive way, I have seen the emails.”
Van Helmond threatened to report her lawyer to the law society and said he would name and shame her through the website with personal information unless they paid $1000 each to himself and another of the website’s administrators.
“You got on your high horse and began firing threats, to bully her to go away.”
Justice Williams said he breached the victim’s trust and the effect on her was palpable in the court when she read her victim impact statement.
He said the offending has an element of naivety.
“This was not planned Hollywood style blackmail, rather a spur of the moment aggressive threat. It was stupid but not evil.”
Actually the Judge is wrong. Henk Van Helmond is evil. The emails he has sent me over the years are appalling. A weaker person would have cracked.
I was contacted by his victim in this case. I too am privvy to the emails he sent. Henk Van Helmond is a bully, a blackmailer and a coward who hides behind his illness. He played this court case out as long as possible in order to prolong the pain of his victim.
Henk van Helmond has run his little jihad against Cyfs with firstly, the CyfsWatch website then with CyfsTalk.org. He now has a CyfsTalk Facebook page where he rules with terror. His usual user name in many different internet forum is kiwi1960.
Stay away from Henk van Helmond, he is a manipulative, narcissistic, psychopath who takes great delight in taunting vulnerable people.