No Name Suppression for this guy

In Australia of course, there is no such thing as name suppression, even when it is a celebrity and they are charged with child pornography offenses. If this was in new Zealand he would for sure be hiding behind the burqa of name suppression.

A computer held by the Australian Federal Police is to be analysed for the defence of  former ABC host Andy Muirhead, who has faced a fresh charge in his child pornography case.

Muirhead appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court charged under state law with possessing child exploitation material, after earlier being charged under federal law with using a carriage service, the internet, for child pornography material.

Prosecutor Ian Arendt  told the court that, in effect, the second count arose out of material provided by the AFP.

Meanwhile here in new Zealand we have endless amounts of court time being wasted by a dirty pilot trying to keep his identity quiet.

A former Air Nelson pilot who was fired for having sex with a younger flight attendant and drinking excessively before a flight has lost a Supreme Court bid for name suppression.

The pilot, who has interim name suppression until September 7, has made three applications- to the Employment Court, the Court of Appeal and to the highest court in the land – to stop the publication of his name, all of which have been dismissed.

He appeared before the Employment Court in Auckland last week to try to overturn his sacking following a drinking and sex session during an unscheduled stopover in Napier in 2008.

He was said to have invited a 19-year-old flight attendant to his bedroom where they had sex.

The woman claimed the sex was not consensual but he argued she had actually initiated it.

The Supreme Court said in its judgment released today the pilot needed to show “extremely compelling circumstances” for him to be granted leave to appeal, but there were none.

So it appears that extremely compelling is now the test to get name suppression? Good to see that some judges at least get it.

Of course, there doesn’t appear to be any attempt here to protect the alleged victim or Air Nelson. The victim would be easily identifiable locally, as there are only a limited amount of hostesses are on that route, ie 1. Of course the stupid pilot is in a small sub-set of people himself, pilots who fly that route meaning his identity is probably already known around the community.

The simple point is this, you can’t keep secrets in New Zealand. End the suppression already.


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