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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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.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.