No more pandering to Royalty as Prince Paki is convicted

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The Maori King’s son will be convicted of drink driving, after the High Court ruled the consequences were “not irredeemable”.

Korotangi Paki, 19, was discharged without conviction in the Auckland District Court in July on two counts of burglary, one of theft and one of drink-driving.

Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki after his lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, argued convictions would hinder his ability to accede the throne.

Cunningham said the consequences of a conviction were out of proportion to the offending.

Well, I’m sure that once he’s on the throne, he’ll just want to make people laugh.  

The Crown appealed the decision to discharge Paki, and the High Court issued its ruling today.

Justice Mark Woolford found that the consequences of conviction for burglary and theft would be “out of all proportion to its gravity.”

However, the same could not be said for a drink-driving conviction, he found.

“I am not satisfied that a conviction for drink driving would meaningfully decrease his chances of becoming the next Maori King, or have any other consequence out of all proportion to the gravity of the offence. A drink driving conviction is a black mark, but not an irredeemable one,” Justice Woolford said.

“At this stage it is highly unlikely Mr Paki will be appointed King. Mr Paki’s chances of succession may improve in the future after an  appropriate period of atonement. However, I am not satisfied from the affidavit  evidence that a conviction for drink driving will prevent him from forever succeeding if he is otherwise considered a suitable candidate for the role.”

Hell no.  He’ll have to do much worse than a DIC if he’s going to be disqualified for the Maori throne – it’s more or less a requirement these days!

The burglaries and theft happened in March while he was on bail and after a night of drinking.

And here we go again.  He offended while on bail, but to convict him would be too harsh on the poor fella.

I don’t know.  Why don’t we just give the bastard a free pass to come take whatever he wants?  After all.  It’s all our fault for colonially oppressing him.

 

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– Stuff


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