“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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