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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  • Nechtan

    Isn’t it about time that judges and parole boards where held accountable for those they release on bail and parole?

    • Muffin

      And how does having his name published affect his right to a fair trial. That would imply that everyone needs NS.

    • Ducky

      Judges and parole board members are mostly picked because they have liberal and do-gooders qualification and are mostly from the judicial fraternity. These bastards do not live in the real world and will release these evil criminals back to society thinking they can be rehab.

    • BobaJob

      With regards to parole – how about NO parole, scum do all their time. And if they don’t behave then they get charged (while inside) and get the time for those crimes.

  • Col

    Out on Bail, commits crime while on bail, Name should be revealed.
    Weak piss judge, if it was her dad would it be the same, no.

  • BobaJob

    Will these beefed up bail laws stop murders like him?

    • Mr_Blobby

      No, it is just tinkering with the system to give the appearance of doing something. This is proved by the fact that the number of people refused jail will increase by very little.

      Until the next fuck up, then the current law will be labeled as flawed and need to be fixed and the cycle continues.

      Sound familiar.

  • Rusty B

    The police work tirelessly to put these scrotes in front of the beak and all they do is let them out saying “they might have had a tough upbringing”. What a stack of crap!!
    It is high time they changed concurrent to consecutive in the sentencing too!
    What about the 4 or 5 break ins in Glen Innes, one resulting in a home invasion and the slaughtering of a 12 week old puppy.
    Lock these bastards up for ever and get them out of the gene pool at the same time!!

  • blokeintakapuna

    3 strikes?

  • conwaycaptain

    Use the Magistrate system they used to have in the UK. Usually a Retd Military Officer who brooked no nonsense and they could be quite inventive with their sentences

    • GregM

      Yes I remember one from many years back. Magistrate sentenced offender to 9 months, offender said ” Oh I can do that standing on my head”. Magistrate said “OK then I will give you another 9 months to get you back on your feet “.Hehe!

  • GregM

    This dropkicks supporters were mooching around outside the district court yesterday. What a pack of losers. All in hoodies, all with $1000 phones playing coon tunes with the volume on 11 ,scowling at everyone walking past.
    There are too many dickheads in this country that we are paying for, meanwhile a harmless and innocent man is dead.

  • Mr_Blobby

    They are probably worried about the flood gates opening if they publish his name and more victims turn up.

    This would waste a lot of time and money as any further convictions and sentences would be served concurrently, net result a few more crimes solved but at what cost to the failed Tax payer funded justice system.

  • Jimbob

    Ease up, if it was just a “raft of thefts” with no violence involved then of course bail is going to happen. If he’d bashed someone etc then i’d be far more interested in how he was bailed.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    How does having his name published affect his right to a fair trial more than having his previous offending published?

    • Nechtan

      Related (however vaguely) to someone perhaps?

  • Hazards001

    When did a 17 yr old become a youth? When I was 17 I had a job and was treated like a man…paid like a boy mind you…that never stopped him yelling and using 4 letter words the do not begin with vowels to show his appreciation for my workmanship!
    I guarantee had I appeared before the courts back then I’d have been treated like one too. So why this snivelling approach to these little scumbags now. Youth my arse…the media and the judiciary need to get their hands off it!

    • Hazards001

      Actually now that I think on it by 17 I was pretty good at my job, I’d being doing it for two years and had nearly qualified. Still…the point is made.

  • Thersites

    I like the story about a no-nonsense judge in England many years ago – was it Lord Justice Goddard? He sentenced a career criminal who was in his late 60s to 14 years for his latest series of crimes.
    Defendant:”My Lord, I will not live so long”
    Judge:”Well, you must do as much of it as you can.”

    They don’t make them like that any more.