Scumbag out on bail, has a dud judge cost someone their life?

The teenage scumbag “tough guy” who allegedly assaulted a homeless man resulting in his death was out on bail at the time.

The teenager accused of a vicious assault on homeless man Edwin Linder was on bail.

Mr Linder, 42, was found with severe head injuries in Mills Lane in central Auckland last Wednesday. He died in hospital on Saturday.

A 17-year-old youth has been charged with wounding Mr Linder with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Today Judge Anne Kiernan continued an order suppressing the teenager’s name. She has also suppressed details of the allegation against him and other information revealed in court by the police prosecutor.

Police have intimated they expect to lay more serious charges against the teenager, pending the results of a post mortem. 

He shouldn’t have name suppression. The explanation from the judge is weak at best. I love how we all know the name of the victim but the tough guy who allegedly beat him up is allowed to hide his.

Judge Kiernan said the suppression order was to ensure that the teenager’s right to a fair trial, and the ongoing police investigation were not prejudiced.

However, she said details of the teenager’s previous offending could be published.

The Herald can reveal he was on bail and due to be sentenced in the Tauranga District Court on August 19. He had earlier pleaded guilty to a raft of theft charges.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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