A Top Judge sorts out ratbag debtor

What a ripper…perhaps New Zealand should consider debtors prisons to sort these ratbags.

Jacqueline Anne Galland was before the court over a $2000 debt that she owed to a previous landlord.

The Tenancy Tribunal had ruled that Galland skipped away from a rental property leaving unpaid rent and so much rubbish that it cost the property owner $1000 to clean it up and resulted in him taking five trailer loads of rubbish to the dump.

In all, Galland owed the landlord $2014, but she alleged to the tribunal that she could only afford to pay him $2 a week.

The landlord asked that Galland be means tested by the court. Her allegation that she had no discretionary income was bearing out in court – until Judge David Saunders asked how much she spent a week on cigarettes.   

Galland said she did not smoke and did not she provide her son, who she supports, with cigarette money.

“But you asked him to get $62 worth of tobacco in New World on Monday,” Judge Saunders said.

“No I didn’t,” Galland replied.

“You were standing there beside him and told him what to buy,” the judge said.


Judge Saunders: “Your son has a bald head and has a passion for cars, because he also bought a car magazine?” Galland: “Oh, that. That was Wednesday and it was his (the son’s) girlfriend’s money.”

Judge Saunders: “Wednesday was last night. It was Monday, and you were with your son because I was right behind you in the queue.”

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