Baby stealing and perjury

A quick catch-up with two stories  this morning.

Here we go again, another baby taken from Middlemore in Auckland, luckily it’s been found overnight

A newborn baby taken from Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital last night has been found safe and well.

The five-day-old baby had been reunited with family, Counties Manukau police said.

Two people were helping police with inquiries.

Last night it was reported that the baby was taken after a woman claiming to be pregnant was admitted on to the ward with a man.

The couple left soon after and had been identified by police.

A Counties Manukau District Health Board spokeswoman said the baby had been with its mother on the ward but the mother stepped out of the room briefly, the New Zealand Herald reported.

I can’t imagine the terror of having your baby taken, but I suspect the “thief” will have her own world of hurt to even do it in the first place.   

Next, Chris Cairns.   I’ve been running regular polls to see where you are on his guilt or innocence to track where we’re going with this story.  Time to take another reading

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has “wholly denied” any wrongdoing after being charged with perjury at Charing Cross police station in central London today.

Cairns was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in England on Thursday, October 2, where he will enter a plea. He will then appear for a preliminary hearing in front of a Crown Court at a place and date to be arranged. Any trial for Cairns could be up to a year away.

The ex-Black Caps all-rounder, 44, flew to the UK from Auckland last weekend to face the charges after the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was enough evidence to go ahead with a case against him linked to match-fixing allegations.

Cairns has been advised by his solicitor Colin Nott of Hallinan, Blackburn, Gittings & Nott Criminal Law Solicitors not to speak to the media ahead of the case. Nott was alongside Cairns as the cricketer was charged at the police station.

After spending 30 minutes in the station, Nott and Cairns emerged and Nott said: “There’s one count of perjury and the allegation is wholly denied. The hearing will be at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court next Thursday. There were no bail conditions whatsoever. I’m sorry, I can’t comment any further.”

So, as the story develops, where are you on this now?

These were the numbers before we started this morning


(This poll allows you to change your vote, so if you voted before, and you have changed your mind, you can!)


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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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