Dodgy Local Body Ratbag named

A dodgy ratbag standing for local council has been named today;

A candidate in the upcoming local body election accused of assault has lost name suppression and can now be revealed as former policeman Stuart McLachlan.

McLachlan is running for Napier City Council in the October elections.

He appeared in Hastings District Court today and argued for name suppression on the basis the publication of the name would cause undue hardship.

Hawke’s Bay Today Deputy Editor Mark Story was present in court to oppose the suppression after Judge Bridget Mackintosh would not accept his submissions last week.

McLachlan has been accused of assaulting a lotto shop worker in March of this year. 

Last week McLachlan was offered diversion but declined “for personal reasons” indicating he could not live with that.

He said he is running for council and had applied for a few jobs which would likely be affected by the publication of his name.

McLachlan said he strenuously denies the allegations and plans to defend himself.

The Judge sounds like a good one;

Today in court Judge Tony Adeane said the matter must be dealt with in public but that McLachlan is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The principal basis for seeking continued interim name suppression is that to do otherwise would be inconvenient to him in his political ambitions.”

Judge Adeane said the principals of open justice meant this was not a sufficient reason.

Hawke’s Bay Today editor Andrew Austin said the decision was good because it allowed Napier voters to make an informed decision about whether or not to elect Mr McLachlan.

Yes and now locals can vote accordingly, despite the efforts of this ratbag to remain hidden


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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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