Only guilty of making people laugh

Jon Gadsby has been found guilty of drink driving.

Comedian Jon Gadsby faces sentencing just before Christmas for his third drink-driving conviction after being caught driving with a very high breath-alcohol reading in June.

Jonathan Ernest Gadsby, aged 57, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level, when he appeared before Judge Alistair Garland at a Christchurch District Court sitting at the Nga Hau e Wha marae today.

The charge is laid in its aggravated form – stating he has two previous drink-driving convictions – so that heavier penalties can be imposed.

Gadsby was remanded at large to appear at the Rangiora Court House on December 21 for sentencing.
Judge Garland called for a pre-sentence report to consider his suitability for a home detention sentence.

His lawyer should make a play for him to be discharged without conviction un the new New Zealand “makes people laugh” precedent.

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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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