It appears you can buy justice in NZ now

It appears you can buy justice in NZ, and it only costs you $30,000 to avoid a conviction for drug dealing.

The gangs will be so pleased to know this.

An online personal trainer who pleaded guilty to drug dealing will be discharged without conviction after arguing he had become a “brand” since his offending.

Josef Rakich, 23, the owner of JosefRakichFitness.com, appeared for sentence in the High Court in Auckland today after pleading guilty to selling and conspiring to sell the Ecstasy-like drug mephedrone.

Justice Ailsa Duffy said she would discharge Rakich without conviction after defence lawyer Adam Couchman pointed out that the offending occurred in 2011 but his client was not arrested until 2013.

The drug dealing occurred “when he was 20 years old with nothing”, Couchman said.

Since then, Rakich had built a successful and lucrative on-line personal-training and menu-plan business that employed seven people.

“The defendant is his own brand. It’s him that people want to see,” Couchman said.  

Rakich’s website and Facebook site are full of pictures of the fitness buff in various muscle-bound states and showing off the rewards for his success – including a Lamborghini Gallardo.

The company’s sales had grown from $6000 in 2011 to more than $807,000 in 2013, of which $476,000 was profit, the judge said.

Rakich applied for a discharge on the grounds it would count against his entry to the United States.

Create a brand, after the fact, wait for justice to take its time, pay a fine and walk away without ant conviction.

Watch for Black Power Inc. and Mongrel Mob Limited top create some brands and pay some fines from their ill-gotten gains to avoid prison.

Justice Duffy said Rakich had sold 200 pills and conspired to sell 2600 pills but the “real and appreciable risk” of his business collapsing meant a conviction was out of proportion to the offending.

“A conviction would put an end to all you have achieved,” she said.

Rakich will be formally discharged without conviction tomorrow after he donates $30,000 to charity as an expression of his remorse.

A dud judge obviously.

 

– Fairfax


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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.

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