Smarty Devil in Disguise still afraid of his own name

The celebrity pisshead who got himself arrested before New Year is still afraid of his own name, even though he is back at work. One wonders if in advertising his presence his employer is actually breaching name suppression?

A Smarty Devil in Disguise still afraid of his own nameAn Auckland “celebrity” has continued the fight to keep his name suppressed, after being charged with disorderly behaviour earlier this month.

The man’s lawyer, Jenny Smith, appeared in court on his behalf today, the 46-year-old man was excused from the appearance.

Ms Smith argued that the man’s name should remain suppressed because of the minor nature of the charge and the impact it could have on his future employment.

But Judge David Harvey said the man’s employer would already be aware of the charges so that argument wasn’t valid.

Judge Harvey scheduled a hearing for next month to hear further arguments from his lawyer. He will also hear arguments opposing the name suppression from police, TV3 and other media outlets.

Judge Harvey told Smith that by arguing that suppression should continue she was creating more intrigue around the case. He also said he didn’t know who the man was.

Of course his employer will know, he put down the employers address and telephone numbers for his point of contact. The huge irony is that when he was getting stroppy prior to his arrest he was yelling at the staff of the bar/restaurant “Do you know who I am?” and now, when faced with the consequences of his drunken ranting and raving he doesn’t want anyone to know who he is.

There can surely be no need for additional arguments. Meanwhile this Smarty Devil in Disguise continues on with his life instead of just fessing up and taking the rap.

UPDATE: Random Impertinent Questions:

The judge is to hear arguments opposing the name suppression from police, TV3 and other media outlets. The question is: Are TVNZ included in the “other media outlets”, if not, why not?

It could be bad for their PR department either way which is still recovering from the Paul Henry mis-speaking?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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