Name suppression for the “high profile New Zealander” that gave David Cunliffe a bottle of wine and published a photo of themselves on his Facebook page is still in place. ¬†The victim has been, and continues to fight for suppression to be lifted.
The offence took place in Louise Hemsley’s home in November 2011.
“It’s like an invasion isn’t it, it’s an invasion of your privacy, he invaded my space and took advantage,‚Äô‚Äô Hemsley told TVNZ.
The man responsible was ‚Äė‚Äėa person I suppose you would look up to; he‚Äôs had a brilliant career‚Äô‚Äô.
The man was originally charged with indecent assault, but it was downgraded to indecent act, a charge he agreed to plead guilty to.
He was convicted and ordered to pay compensation, but immediately lodged an appeal, eventually winning a discharge without conviction and final name suppression.
It is this slimy process that has him more or less “unknown” to the public, but in reality the whispers have gone around the country enough times now for most people to be aware of the offender’s identity. ¬† Read more »