Gisborne Judge Graham Hubble has given a “high-level sportswoman” a discharge without conviction on a drink driving charge. ¬†As a bonus, she also received permanent name suppression.
The Police aren’t happy with this. ¬†In spite of the main stream media trying to crank this up as someone truly famous, they have just issued a press release to pour cold water on that idea:
Police have also confirmed the woman is not well known nationally and does not play a mainstream sport.
And so the dance of who is or isn’t likely to be the person involved starts. ¬†Again.
It’s such a miscarriage of justice that Queens Council Nigel Hampton has made a strong protest about it
Mr [Nigel] Hampton said he was “very surprised” when he heard about the case. “I would say it’s quite exceptional for a discharge without conviction to be granted in these circumstances,” …
Asked if he thought the woman had received special treatment because of her sporting status, Mr Hampton replied: “It sounds a little like it, and one wonders whether that should be the case.
“You think of various high-profile people who have been charged with drink-driving – from actors like Robyn Malcolm to lawyers like Colin Carruthers – and they don’t ask for suppression of name and they don’t see it as a hindrance for them going overseas, because I am sure it’s not.”
So here we¬†essentially¬†have a nobody that went for a drive twice over the limit, getting discharged, and got name suppression, because her lawyer stitched up a story as to how a conviction would prevent her from competing overseas. ¬† Read more »