The son of a New Zealand rich-lister has won a fight to keep his name secret after he allegedly punched a female police officer in the face.
The police officer suffered a black eye, serious swelling to her face and needed hospital treatment.
The man was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, assaulting a security guard and damaging a window during the March 26 incident outside the popular Dunedin student haunt Shooters Bar.
He appeared in Dunedin District Court four times, without seeking name suppression, before the case was transferred to Auckland District Court.
But after questions from the Herald on Sunday, the man’s lawyers filed an application for interim name suppression.
On Tuesday, Judge Anne Kiernan ordered that the man’s name be kept secret for the next three weeks.
Details around that hearing have also been suppressed, but it can be reported that Judge Kiernan found publishing his name could prejudice his right to a fair trial.
That argument can be said to be true for anyone then. What it also means is that the judge presupposes that a jury would ignore the facts just to notch up a win against the privileged. Read more »