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A good judge slams graffiti ratbag in clink overnight

Judge Tony Adeane would have been called a ‘hanging judge’ back in the day.

Yesterday he slammed a ratbag charged with graffiti offences in the clink overnight ahead of sentencing today.

Tagging the foyer of the court housing a judge known for his loathing of taggers is not the smartest thing to do.

It’s an observation Adam Kelliher might have been considering as he spent last night in a prison cell after appearing before Judge Tony Adeane in Napier District Court yesterday.

The duty solicitor for the day, James Rainger, could be seen flinching as Kelliher, 20, was called before the judge.

Rainger told the judge Kelliher wanted to plead guilty and noted that, due to “the court’s view of this type of offending, he could be at risk of prison here”.

At which point the judge asked to see a summary of Kelliher’s offending.

Rainger said: “You might want to, sir . . . well, you may not want to.”    Read more »

Ratbag Rhys Coffin says he will pay outstanding wages by Friday, let’s see if he does

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

Rip-off ratbag Rhys Coffin reacted quickly after our first post about him appeared here on Monday.

Within hours he had emailed one former We Love Media Group staff member – owed $6k – to update him. Amazing as there had been no contact since mid-December.

At 12.01pm, the following was received:

“I have been trying to get hold of people in my network over the christmas break who can help me to get cashflow in so this can be resolved and I’m at work today to continue with this. I will have a concrete outcome this week. 

“Will keep you updated.”

Fifteen minutes later, another email followed:

“UPDATE

“I’ve got hold of 2 debtors just now and have set up meetings to collect funds for we and thurs. Will update as I know.

“There is $10k outstanding FYI”  

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Ratbag Rhys Coffin talks the big game, but his staff are owed thousands in unpaid wages

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

There’s a guy in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, who touts himself as an internet entrepreneur and says he is trying to build a nationwide digital community news network.

While the concept he promotes of “community-good” seems a positive one, the man himself is rapidly building a reputation as a “shady” operator.

At least four people employed by Rhys Coffin’s company We Love Media Group are owed money – in one case almost $6000 in unpaid salary.

Rhys Benton Coffin promotes himself on Linkedin.com as “working on exciting projects in news media, Māori Business Development and internet marketing”.

But questions are being raised by former staff, some employed only recently, who believe Coffin is, at best, shady, and at worst, a liar.

One has been waiting patiently since the end of July for “regularly promised” payment of almost $6000 after being appointed editor of We Love Manukau and We Love Papakura.

He was also promised a shareholding in We Love Manukau when the company was formed.

Two others, more recently employed as salespeople, have already severed contact with Coffin after receiving not a red cent.

This despite Coffin touting a major restructure of the group that saw three investors come aboard.

In fact, those investors saw the possibilities and purchased one arm of the business – We Love Pukekohe and are running it well, especially as Coffin has been relegated to a minor role in that company.

It was never their intention to bail out Coffin and We Love Media Group, rather to take over a business and run it properly.   Read more »

Well, well, well what do we have here…a little bit of truth sneaking past the keeper?

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“Mr Blomfield was untruthful” – Liquidator

So it seems one of my stories from 2012 has finally made it to the authorities. Matt Nippert reports:

Complaints about controversial businessman and bête noire of blogger Cameron Slater will be referred to the Police and the registrar of companies by a liquidator probing one of his collapsed companies. Matthew Blomfield was the sole director of property company Plan Z Investment, which collapsed on December 14, 2012 when it was unable to pay a $100,000 statutory demand. Liquidator David Petterson, of Forensic Accounting Services, in an unusually long report on Plan Z stretching to nine pages, outlined what he described as a “torturous process” to unpick the affairs of the company and concluded: “I am now of the opinion that the information I received at the start of this liquidation, provided to me by Mr Blomfield was untruthful.”

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For someone who claims to be smart he sure looks like he is dumber than a bag of hammers

Kim Dotcom is forever claiming that he invented this or that…the reality is far from ti, usually he is the used car salesman pimping the good idea as his own.

But for someone who claims he is smarter than most he sure acts as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

“Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn’t take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough,” Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday.

“I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom – our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

“We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.”

Sounds like his in-house lawyers were tits and the three external firms weren’t much better. Of course given Dotcom’s history with bill paying they probably have ended up working for free…and you get the advice you pay for.

“The US government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the Internet Party, the MPAA sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I’m officially broke right now.”

Well not all of them eh Kim? That’s why you have bail problems…some of your hidden assets have been found?   Read more »

ALSO BREAKING: Kim Dotcom’s bail hearing delayed [UPDATED]

The NBR reports that Barrister Ron Mansfield, assisted by Graeme Edgeler and acting for Kim Dotcom have successfully argued for more time to be able to argue the proposed removal of bail.

The lawyers claim they were only served with affidavits yesterday, and he needed a few more days to absorb them.

There was no opposition from the Crown represented by Christine Gordon QC, although she was granted that the stricter bail conditions that have been applied to Dotcom remain in place.

A fresh date for the bail hearing is still to be announced, but appears to be in terms of days or weeks, rather than months.

 

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I bet Phillip Smith wishes he was back in Springhill prison about now

Quite apart from the fact that kiddy fiddlers aren’t that popular in jail no matter what country, you see even crims have ethics, I bet right now that Phillip Smith is wishing he hadn’t absconded from Springhill prison.

This is a video of what conditions are like in the prison he is currently resting up in.

I think he may soon wish he was back inside a comfy kiwi jail…    Read more »

Simply Gruesome tries to ditch Kim Dotcom

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Simpson Grierson, affectionately known as Simply Gruesome have decided that the toxic effect of representing Kim Dotcom on their own tarnished brand has reached such bad proportions that they have sought to ditch him as a client.

Victoria Young at NBR reports”

Simpson Grierson is trying to get away from Kim Dotcom.

NBR ONLINE understands the firm has applied to discharge itself from its retainer in its asset case dispute. That case pits Mr Dotcom against major Hollywood movie and recording studios and concerns freezing orders over assets.

It is believed the law firm has made an application to the High Court to remove itself from the retainer.   Read more »

Why is there no law to rein in dodgy ratbag local body politicians?

Former ARC Councillor Bill Burrill is not the first dodgy ratbag Councillor to trough from abuses of power to his own pecuniary advantage in recent years.

A few years back in 2009 Council Watch was calling for a number of Councillors from the Canterbury Regional Council to be prosecuted and sacked from their positions after an investigation by the Auditor General Lyn Provost found that four individuals had broken the law by acting in conflict with their official role.

Back then those Canterbury Councillors failed to declare a conflict on interest that lead to a financial benefit for themselves by participating in discussion and voting on proposals before Council.

Under investigation the Auditor General’s office chose not to prosecute stating that whilst the Councillors should have withdrawn as a matter of principle – they had each received and shared legal advice that they could participate.

And here in lies the problem. The Auditor General and Office of the Ombudsmen publish clear guidelines for Councillors and council staff but the reality is that the law is erroneously filled with holes that are exploited and there is precious little oversight of Local Government leading to the Auditor General loathing to bother and the Court’s uninterested.

Why this is concerning is that whilst central Government politicians are placed under the spotlight and sometimes prosecuted for their actions (think Taito Phillip Field by way of example) there appears to be virtually no scrutiny of politicians at a local level.

“A widespread and systemic lack of compliance for the law exists within Local Government” noted Council Watch back in 2009.    Read more »

New victims emerge as Rolf Harris moved to new prison

Rolf Harris has been moved to a new prison because he was getting the bash.

Harris has reportedly been moved to a another UK prison for his own safety after being bullied by other inmates.

The 84-year-old Australian entertainer is serving five years and nine months after being found guilty of sexually assaulting four girls and had been housed at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire.

But UK newspaper The Sun reports Harris has now been moved to Stafford jail, considered to be a “soft” prison, after being taunted by fellow inmates.

“They were keen to take him down a peg or two,” a source told the paper.

“He was moved to another prison for his own safety about two weeks ago.”

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