Whaleoil’s Idiot of the Week

Idiot of the Week

Idiot of the Week

Some people really are stupid.

A New Plymouth man has learned the hard way why it is best to never bad mouth a district court judge on social media.

Troy William Henry LaRue was forced to face up to a judge he called a c*** on Facebook when he was summoned on January 21 to the New Plymouth District Court for unpaid traffic fines, The Spinoff reported.

On January 12, the now former Taranaki Judge, Allan Roberts, announced his retirement and his decision was reported by the Taranaki Daily News.

In the comments section of the article, which was posted on social media, Mr LaRue made a highly inappropriate and uncomplimentary remark about the Judge.

When Mr LaRue turned up to court for his hearing nine days later, Judge Roberts was sitting at bench.

Just one week from his retirement, Judge Roberts decided to hold Mr LaRue to account for his comments.

Danger Will Robinson…

The court transcript, released toThe Spinoff, tells the highly amusing tale of Mr LaRue learning a life lesson in manners.

The transcript shows the Judge reading out the total amount of Mr LaRue’s fines, a hefty sum of $6244, and telling him he would be sentenced to community work.

The judge then asked the court registrar to hand Mr LaRue a document and asked him to read out the contents. The court; “Open that up for him. It’s a [Facebook] post you created isn’t it?”

Mr LaRue: “Yeah, I was very intoxicated.”

The court: “read it out loud.”

After some understandable hesitation from Mr LaRue read out: “LOL I hope the f***** has gone by Friday. Ha ha. F*****, nah f***** c*** whose old face and saggy chin. F*** off.”

The court: “Who were you talking about when you talk about, “The f****** old c*** with the saggy old chin?”

Mr LaRue: “Well I guess I was talking about you sir.”

The judge said he did not “read that drivel” but that the post had been brought to his attention by his registrar.

“You’re a brave soul though aren’t you?”

Mr La Rue replied: “Well, all I can say is that you got me on that one.”

“I got you cold mate,” Mr Roberts replied.


I wonder if he will appeal on the basis of the sentence being manifestly unjust.


– NZ Herald


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  • LabTested

    …telling him he would be sentenced to community work

    That is harsh. Winter is coming. It will be cold outside. Whats wrong with a nice warm cell. Underfloor heating and a flat screen TV

    • Mighty1

      He got off the 6244 in fines he had and gets 300 hours, at least he has to work, kind of like work for the dole. He had to wait in the cells while the order was typed up. I hope the typewriter was not working.

      • STAG

        $20.88 an hour is what the judge has decided his efforts will be worth. Rubbish.

        I have guys who work in cool stores at minus 30 for 12 hours on less then that.

        600 hrs is a more realistic value of his value prospective.

        • LabTested

          Edited. Very late at night here. doing wrong maths :)

  • shykiwibloke

    Funny how language is not tolerated when pointed at judges. I seem to recall a previous discussion where the courts ruled that Cops can no longer book someone for a foul mouth as it is considered normal vernacular – except when directed at a judge it seems.

  • Seriously?

    When I read this in the paper I thought that it was funny, and that he got what he asked for, but… I also thought it was wrong for the Judge to let it impact his sentencing (if indeed he did). The Judge was sentencing him on behalf of us, not on his own account. He should not let his personal feelings colour his judgment any more than a judge in other contexts.

    • Oh Please

      I wouldn’t have minded if he’d given him the death sentence.

  • Dan

    One eye dilated. Both eyes with a pinky tinge. I would say that he probably has more than alcohol coursing through his veins that affected his judgement.

    • Andy

      Don’t blame the medication, blame the idiot.

  • STAG

    Should’ve jailed him.

    I want to thank every single one of us on here for paying our taxes so this idiot can continue his state funded moronic existence.

  • Forrest Ranger

    I thought that given the level of the outstanding fines and the level of abuse – read disrespect – that the sentence is too light.
    Assuming he actually bothers to do the community service it is less than 8 weeks work.
    Perhaps a couple of months in the slammer may be more appropriate?

  • Sid_Holland

    I wonder if this was the sort of joker that Bill English was referring to????

  • Left Right Out

    300hrs in lieu of $6244…. that means his community service is worth almost $21/hr there is no way in hell this bloke is worth that…. the sentence is to light

    • Doug

      For some of the fine write offs I have heard, this is coming down heavy… Kind of sad really

  • Big_Al

    I think he got off rather lightly. Perhaps his good mate “Kelvin” had a word in the judges ear in exchange for another vote for his favourite and failing party.