Oh dear, how sad, never mind…Minto loses

Veteran protestor and the permanently grumpy John Minto has lost his appeal against his conviction:

Veteran activist John Minto has lost his appeal against an obstruction conviction after confessing to intentionally blocking police during his High Court hearing.

Minto was found guilty of obstruction at the Auckland District Court in August for blocking a truck removing a state house in Glen Innes.

He appealed his conviction on February 5 on the basis his arrest was “gratuitous, arbitrary and unnecessary”. 

However, in a High Court ruling released today, Justice Raynor Asher dismissed his appeal.

“Minto did not challenge the fact that he had been asked to leave the road. It was his intention to stay where he was.”

Minto admitted to blocking the truck in his evidence: “I was determined that the police would move me off rather than me moving voluntarily.”

He represented himself in court.

Ahh…the old saying still stands…A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.


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  • kohibruce

    Hope the punishment fits the recidivist and unrepentant nature of his crimes.

    • blokeintakapuna

      It will do. He’ll likely get a promotion within Mana.

      If he wants to challenge for the top slot though… He better start getting his relies to do some home invasions in a 3-1 outnumbering of young children, take turns in beating the child, steal his belongings, then have the accused brag about it on Facebook.

      Birds of a feather?….

    • Mr_Blobby

      How does a slap with a 2 stage, used wet bus ticket sound. Your right a bit to harsh. How about a letter of thanks from the Courts with a 9 out of 10 rating for entertainment value.

  • So he gets fired right? thats what happens in the real world if you get a conviction.

    • Sarrs

      Fired from what? Does he even have an actual job?

    • Mr_Blobby

      I think he night be pretending to be a teacher out west somewhere. The Teachers Union will probably give him a medal.

  • toby_toby

    Minto thinks that he does wonderful thinks for the public. The reality is that he is a genuine public nuisance who wastes public resources. Ideally he go live in a remote lighthouse somewhere; at least he’d be contributing something.

  • JeffDaRef

    I hope they seek costs…

    • Patrick

      Waste of time I bet the only thing he owns is his load hailer

  • Agent BallSack

    He’s achieved his goal…Name in the paper again for being a serial nuisance. Time to have a mandatory minimum 7 day stay in the cells for idiots like him and greenpeace protesters.

  • tarkwin

    Being a Harawira gang prospect he probably needed a High Court appearance to become fully patched. I wonder if he gets to kiss Hone’s ring at the swearing in ceremony?

  • J.M

    John Minto has been trying to protest against the All Blacks recently for picking a player called Israel. Apparently these protests will stop if the player changes his name to Palestine Dagg.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Lol, I always did like Baghdad Bob.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Are you guys talking about Labour Minister Minto in Sheep’s cabinet or this is a different guy?