SFNS strikes again

When will the carnage end, as Silly First Name Syndrome strikes again?

An 18-year-old dropout who continued having sex with his 13-year-old girlfriend despite warnings from both sets of parents and police has been jailed for two years.

Xenan Daniel Ratahi was immature and impulsive in continuing the relationship and in a raft of other offending, his lawyer Paul Keegan said during sentencing in the New Plymouth District Court.

At one stage there were fears the girl, who became a runaway to meet up with Ratahi and stopped going to school, had become pregnant, but this proved to be a false alarm. 

She did contract a sexually transmitted disease.

Ratahi had offended spectacularly, his lawyer said, but he urged the judge to consider his client’s young age and give him home detention.

Ratahi admitted sexual connection with a young person, performing an indecent act, common assault (when he attacked a member of his family at home), wilful damage, resisting arrest, theft of his father’s car – taken so he could visit his girlfriend – and burglary, when he searched properties for petrol.

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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.