I love this new name suppression trend

Allan Neil Rosewarne, via SMH

“Monster” Allan Neil Rosewarne, via SMH

A woman who suffered violent physical and sexual abuse for 17 years at the hands of her partner wants her name made public, saying she has nothing to hide.

Katrina Jones, former partner of sex monster Allan Neil Rosewarne, 48, has successfully applied to have her name suppression lifted by High Court judge Susan Thomas.

Name suppression for her two adult children with Rosewarne, Shoshoni Jones and Cheyenne Jones has also been lifted.

Rosewarne was sentenced in October in the High Court at New Plymouth to preventive detention for 18 charges including extreme cruelty towards Jones, her children and another partner that spanned 1990 to 2008.

He has a minimum non-release period of 10 years.

In an affidavit obtained by the Taranaki Daily News, Jones said having her name suppressed made her feel like she had done something wrong and had something to hide.

“I have done nothing wrong and neither have my children.”

Courts have provided name suppression to victims of sexual abuse, especially involving children.  And that’s really where suppression laws work well.   But there is now an ever-increasing trend for victims to want to have the suppression lifted, especially as the children involved have reached adulthood.

She felt the only way to make her children look up to her and be proud of her was to tell her story.

“I want other victims of extreme domestic violence to know there is a way out. I want to help them.”

Publication of details of Rosewarne’s offending against her has meant she and her children had received much more support, kindness and understanding than they had in the past, she said.

This leaves the case of the “Prominent New Zealander”, aka New Zealand’s Rolf Harris, who is cowering behind name suppression because his victim wants it removed so other people may know him for who he is, and other victims get a clear signal the law is there to protect them, and not the sex monsters.

Name suppression continues to be a tricky beast, with penalties having increased to fines up to $100,000 and/or jail up to 6 months for individual breaches.  A former MP has been charged in relation to naming “New Zealand’s Rolf Harris”.

As I found myself, the law doesn’t have a sense of humour.   Which is why we all need to continue to campaign for changes in name suppression so it can never protect the guilty, put future victims at more risk, and make existing unreported victims feel there is no point in coming forward.


– Isobel Ewing, Taranaki Daily News

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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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