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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  • Totally agree that he should get home detention but it needs to go hand in hand with with supervised alcohol rehab paid for by Gadsby. If he doesnt make a go of it then jail is a necessity the next time around. The man has a problem.

  • Darren

    I would agree with above if this was the second time around, hes done it once. Done it twice, and now hes done it a third time. This seems to be a reoccuring theme in this country and will only stop when he kills someone, and then after he gets sent to jail the sentence will be contested and lessened to that of home detention.
    Send him to jail and keep him in for the full term of his punishment where he will be cut away from alcohol, wont be able to drive, and will be kept out of society which he doesnt seem to be able to handle.

  • Phronesis

    At least he is actually funny. Send him to prison, good comedian’s are always looking for new material, and a captive audience to boot!