Kathryn Powley, spinning like a top, still wrong

Yesterday I blogged about the appalling bad story about convicted killer Antonie Ronnie Dixon and how Kathryn Powley has bombed the story by misspelling his name.

One of my loyal army members emailed Ms Powley, who professes to being a ‘senior reporter’ and received this reply:

From: Kathryn Powley

Sent: Sunday, 27 January 2013 10:32 p.m.

Subject: RE: Antoine Dixon attack: 10 years on

Thanks for your email.  Before spelling it that way I spoke with Tony’s brother, sister and Simmone, all of whom told me his name is really spelt Antoine Roni Dixon – it has been misspelt by the media all these years.

Kathryn Powley  |  Senior Reporter
Herald on Sunday

Phone: +64 (0) 9 373xxxx
Mobile: +64 (0) 21 xxx xxx
Fax: +64 (0) 9 3739372
Mail: PO Box 32, Auckland, New Zealand

There is a slight problem for Ms Powley…the court documents, which presumably she has never read, but the rest of the journalists in the country have state very clearly that his full name is Antonie Ronnie Dixon.


Did the police get it wrong when they arrested him and announced it? Did the courts get it wrong when he was convicted? Did the High Court get it wrong when hee appealed? Is Wikipedia wrong?

Was his lawyer Barry Hart wrong too? Or was he just setting everyone up for a fall so he could get his client off because all the documents presented to the courts were spelled incorrectly.

Or is Kathryn Powley just so full of shit it calls into question everything she has ever written.


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  • Patrick

    What is her relationship with Butler? Are they a couple of dope smokers together? Has to be some tie up to explain the blatant advertising of Butler’s new career.

  • Red

    Story also says
    “stopping just short of her spinal “Chord…” ( For fuck sake. ) God journalism standards have just plummeted.

  • Lion_ess

    Bit sad that his family could neither spell nor pronounce his name correctly. All this time he was an “ah n t – w ah n” … enough to make you top yourself.

  • Mitch82

    The Herald – the fat blowfly futilely bouncing off the glowing lightbulb of correct reporting.

  • Random66

    In her defence I will say that one of our ex employee’s was convicted and imprisoned and they never spelt his name right. We infact when sending bank cheques for his birthday/christmas etc to the prison have to have them written out to the incorrect spelling of his name otherwise they would not be acknowleged and banked. We often shake our heads with their error because upon his release his passport, spelt with his correct name, will not in any way show his criminal conviction.

  • but its sooo hard to research in this day and age. was way easier before the internet.

  • starboard

    LOL..represented by that scumbag arsewipe lawyer Barry Hart. Aint karma a bitch Baz !

  • Rodger T

    Antoine Roni Dixon is innocent.

  • Interesting

    Yawn, so what? Seems to me it makes WO post a tad pathetic. My father spelt his name different to that on his birth certificate and his first drivers licence. So what?

    • Jester

      Your comment speaks more about your father than it does about cams post sorry bud.

  • Michael

    Come on Cam – we shouldn’t be surprised that a senior Herald reporter places greater weight on claims made by the family of a murderer than on High Court documents.

  • Graeme Edgeler

    As a lawyer, I can confirm that Court documents get stuff like this wrong all the time. The Court file is based on the first document filed in a particular court (likely a police information sheet).

    However it is written there will get into the template, and will be used forever, unless somebody goes out of their way to correct it. I’ve had the same thing happen with more than one of my cases, going through multiple levels of courts.

    I once made a mistake in filing an appeal, and for the rest of that appeal, my client had only one “s” in his surname, and that is how the decision appears in the official records.