“ex National MP” names “prominent New Zealander” and may face name suppression breach charges

A complaint has been lodged with police against a former MP who published the name of a prominent Central Otago man with permanent name suppression.

The man’s lawyer, Jonathan Eaton QC, confirmed a formal complaint was made last night in relation to the comments on social media.

“The breach certainly appears to be quite deliberate and I would expect the police to treat the matter seriously,” he said.

After naming the man, the former National MP wrote online: “I’ll cop whatever comes. Lol may even apply for name suppression haha.”

The Central Otago man escaped conviction and identification on an indecency charge, almost two-and-a-half years after the offence was committed, when he appeared in the Dunedin District Court earlier this year.

He was discharged without conviction, on payment of $6500 reparation to the female complainant.

In August 2012 the man pleaded guilty to a charge of performing an indecent act on Central Otago woman Louise Hemsley, who won a legal battle to have her suppressed name lifted.

 

This is getting absurd.  We have a man, ex National MP, that we can’t name in fear of closing the loop and finding out who the “prominent New Zealander” is that lives in Wanaka, had a meeting with David Cunliffe before the election and gave him a bottle of wine.

 

Should name suppression lapse when anyone can just look either man up on-line?

 

Please note that you can not play the game of outing these people either.  Don’t name them.  Don’t leave cute hints. 


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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.

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