The truth eventually comes out

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A former resident of Marlborough drew my attention to this story…something didn’t seem right…

The mother of an 18-year-old man who needs plastic surgery after being seriously assaulted in broad daylight on the Taylor River Reserve feels sickened by the viciousness of the attack.

Sarah Hughes said her son, a student at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, was walking along the Taylor River in Blenheim about noon on Friday when he was jumped from behind by at least two men between the Henry St bridge and Purkiss St.

He was punched twice in the back of the head before he fell to the ground, where he was kicked in the face before he passed out.

When he gained consciousness, he went straight home and did not report the attack to police.

“He said he was worried about being called a nark, but he’s also the sort of person who doesn’t like to make a fuss,” Ms Hughes said.  

People just don’t get beaten up in a very public reserve in the middle of the day unless something’s very skewed.  The young bloke “didn’t want to make a fuss”, didn’t call the police, didn’t want to be a “nark”, didn’t get medical help until Mum stepped in.

And then the truth came out

A Blenheim teenager appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday, facing a charge of selling cannabis to persons under the age of 18.

Dylan George Hughes-Drawbridge, 18, was sentenced to nine months’ supervision, 100 hours of community work and ordered to attend drug and alcohol counselling for supplying the substance.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Hughes-Drawbridge had been texting an associate, arranging to sell cannabis to young people under the age of 18 on June 28.

He met them at the river bank where he was going to sell them tinnies of cannabis for $25 each, before he was attacked and the cannabis was stolen.

Turns out he’s a feral drug dealer peddling dope to younger kids and got sorted out by a couple of his customers.

Don’t mess with the grown-ups if you’re still scared of what Mummy might say!


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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