Name Suppression

This does my head in: name suppression AND political interference

A young driver caught speeding through Lower Hutt at 210kmh has been spared any further punishment after lying to police.

His name will also remain secret after a judge said he had “suffered a lot” from publicity about the case, stemming from the intervention of his behalf of MP Trevor Mallard.

The 24-year-old was convicted and sentenced earlier this month for racing another car on State Highway 2 in September.

What a great result!

Having an MP from the Crim-Hugging Party help you out doesn’t just get you help in a way that’s apparently OK (but not if you’re Maurice Williamson of course, then you have to resign), but you also get the benefit of name suppression due to the attention your case gets in the media because Trevor Mallard put his crim-hugging cape on and came to the rescue.  Read more »

I’d like to see this kind of justice here

This is why name suppression is undesirable – it removes part of the contract with society where you are marked for your convictions and you need to find a way to earn your place in society with the full weight of other people’s knowledge about what you’ve done.

The judge presides over a court of minor crime, but I’d love to know what he’d do with more serious crimes.

Touching a student’s penis for a minute – still registered

A teacher in his 60s touched a student’s penis to check for abnormalities when he believed the teenager had passed out drunk in his home.

The man, who later said he was deeply ashamed of his actions, blamed his behaviour on Asperger’s Syndrome, but said he was motivated by concern for the young man – who he believed might have had a genital malfunction because of his poor aim at the toilet.

The 66-year-old has now been censured for serious misconduct by the Education Council, formerly the Teachers’ Council.

The 19-year-old was staying with the teacher as an international home-stay student.

In November 2013, the young man hosted a farewell dinner at a local restaurant prior to flying home the following week, and arrived back at the teacher’s house “obviously intoxicated”, according to the written decision of the council’s disciplinary tribunal.

He fell asleep on a sofa. The teacher found him and after remarking, “Well, I think we should get you to bed”, helped the student to his room. He then helped him remove his shirt and skinny jeans.

He believed the student had passed out on the bed, and proceeded to pull the student’s underwear down and touch his penis for around a minute.

It caused the teen “a great deal of discomfort”, and after the teacher left, and he could hear that he was asleep, the student phoned his mother for advice on what to do.

He was later collected by a friend, who took him back to her house, where they contacted police.

It happened over two years ago, and only now has come to the point where the Education Council has acted…by saying tut tut.   Read more »

Registered and charged with rape

Reading between the lines, it seems the 15-year-old was able and willing.  But statutory rape is called for when an authority figure takes advantage of an immature teen.

A teacher at a North Island school has been charged with raping a student.

The man made a brief appearance in a district court yesterday charged with raping a 15-year-old female between May 1 and June 30 this year.

The man — who cannot be named for legal reasons — is understood to have been suspended from teaching, but Education Council records show he still has a provisional teaching certification.

The school’s principal couldn’t be reached for comment but when contacted, the chairman of the school board declined to comment and referred the Herald to the police.

Police said they couldn’t comment any further as the matter was before the courts.

Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education’s head of sector enablement and support, confirmed the ministry was aware of the case and was currently supporting the school. Read more »

Domestic 1080 terrorist pleads guilty, but we are not allowed to know who he is

via 3 News

via 3 News

The Auckland businessman who threatened to poison infant formula with 1080 has admitted two charges of blackmail.

The 60-year-old appeared in the High Court at Auckland today, and has continued name suppression.

He was arrested earlier this month following an 11-month, $3 million investigation into two anonymous letters sent to Fonterra and Federated Farmers in November last year. Read more »

Named, jailed, struck off

It’s taken a lot of effort, including having to get rid of the old Teachers’ Council, but we’re finally putting the children ahead of sexual predator teachers.

A teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing one of her young students has been struck off the teachers’ register.

Stacey Reriti, 31, was late last month sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after she was found guilty of seven sexual assault charges over her three-year relationship with the schoolboy while he was a student at her school.

The boy was 10-years-old when the offending began.

Education Council conduct manager Andrew Greig says the fact Reriti has been struck off the register means it’s unlikely she’ll ever be able to teach again.

“Parents need assurance people like Reriti will never again be near children in an education setting,” he said.

“Reriti grossly abused the unique position of trust teachers are in. It is entirely inappropriate for her to be a teacher ever again.”

A legal process must be followed to strike someone off the register and Mr Greig said this was fast-tracked in Reriti’s case. Read more »

Another victory for anti-name suppression supporters as alleged baby killer can be named

Don’t you just love the game playing by the defence lawyer.

Name suppression has lapsed for the man accused of killing Christchurch baby Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes.

Troy Kevin Taylor, 22, can be named for the first time after a long fight to hide his name since being arrested on July 15.

Taylor, who is on bail, was the partner of Ihaka’s mother Mikala Stokes. The trio lived together at a house in Truman Rd, Bryndwr.

Dunedin-born Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting Ihaka on July 2 and murdering him on July 3 at their home.

Taylor’s lawyer Phil Shamy confirmed he withdrew an application for name suppression on Tuesday.   Read more »

When media break name suppression


In 2010 I thought I could be smart and get my way around name suppression laws by being cute. I failed, and wound up with a few convictions for breaking name suppression.

It didn’t matter that every person I named was a scumbag, or a wife beater, or a rapist. I broke the law and got lined up and rinsed by a Solicitor-General out to prove a point.

At the same time that I was before the courts TVNZ also broke name suppression in the Daljit Singh case, they weren’t even investigated much less charged. It was subtle and it was clever what they did, standing in front of election hoardings of Singh while talking about the person with name suppression.

This week at least two media outlets have breached name suppression again.

I am not going to go into the details of the case because to do so would mean that other people could do what I did to find out who it is that has their name suppressed.

But I will explain what it is the media did without the specifics.

Both Fairfax and the NZ Herald ran a story and the way they wrote it up just made you want to find out precisely who the suppressed person was.    Read more »

A New Zealand home is the most dangerous place to live


Kaitaia-based Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, who made eliminating sexual and domestic violence one of his priorities when elected in 2014, took part in a White Ribbon march in Hastings yesterday. Men had to stand up and take control of the issue, he said.

“Women have been carrying this burden for way too long. Coming up to Christmas, the best gift we can give our children is to love their mothers,” he said.

In Auckland, White Ribbon marchers walked up Queen St to Myers Park for a rally.

At Tauranga on Tuesday, 25 White Ribbon riders motored into the Papamoa Plaza to cheers from a crowd of about 50 people. Chief victims advisor to the Government Dr Kim McGregor said it was important that men continued to campaign against violence against women. Read more »

A good judge calls time on sex offender’s name suppression

SEX OFFENDER: Stayz Raukawa

SEX OFFENDER: Stayz Raukawa

A good judge has ended the nonsense of name suppression for a sex offender.

A Picton dance teacher who admitted child sex offences has lost his appeal for name suppression.

Stayz Te Atamira Raukawa, 43, was sentenced last month to three years and six months in prison for four charges of unlawful sexual connection and eight counts of indecency with a 15-year-old girl.

His victim, now 25, said she was “over the moon” the man’s name suppression had been lifted. She wanted to waive her name suppression so his name could be made public.

Having Raukawa’s name suppression lifted by Justice Simon France at the High Court, in Blenheim, on Tuesday was a victory, she said.

“It shows that you can make a difference. From the get-go I made it very clear I wanted my name suppression to be lifted,” she said.

“Everybody deserves to have open, transparent justice.”

She said she hoped other victims, not related to this case, would be inspired to give their views on name suppression.    Read more »