Another name suppression travesty

A man who filmed members of his family in the shower then shared the footage with other paedophiles and voyeurs online has been granted name suppression – against the wishes of his victims.

The man in his 40s, who was responsible for maintenance on an island camp, was jailed for a year and nine months last week after previously admitting 29 charges at Manukau District Court.

The name of his workplace was suppressed from the outset and after sentencing, Judge Frances Eivers made an order permanently barring publication of the defendant’s name too.

Her ruling, which she said was to protect the identities of those he films, was supported by defence and police but victims in the public gallery were unimpressed.

“We don’t care,” his sister-in-law said. “We don’t want that.”

WHY?

Why does a judge implement name suppression when all his victims want him outed?  

The defendant’s wife found a cell phone belonging to her husband and to her horror, the screensaver was a naked photo of their niece.

The 22-year-old niece later trawled through a slew of homemade porn on the phone, which included recordings of her 14-year-old sister, her mum, her aunty and others.

She was also shocked to find her uncle – who had been the DJ and MC at her wedding – had installed a camera in their South Auckland bathroom as well as filming them in the shower while they stayed with him on the island.

Her teenaged sister was similarly devastated by the fact her image had been shared online with paedophiles.

“The first person to see me naked will be not my husband but my uncle, the man I trusted, the man I loved and the man who was always there for me,” she said.

Judge Eivers said the man had even crawled into the roof cavity of a property on the island to film one of his colleagues while she showered.

This is a gross breach of privacy for all concerned.

Why is this beast allowed to hide from the world?

Why is it that only the criminal wants the name suppression, and the judge seems to be able to justify this against the wishes of all the victims?

WHY?

His wife was now living in a caravan, looking after the kids and trying to make ends meet, but she was determined to move on.

“I’m going to make the rest of my life the best of my life – a life without you,” she said.
Mr Chambers said his client was a broken man and should be given a sentence of home detention.

However, the judge said the only suitable response by the court was imprisonment

There is a small blessing he wasn’t allowed home detention with 24/7 access to the Internet.

But I can not get my mind around the name suppression.

 

– Rob Kidd, NZME


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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.

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