Davis fails to front with evidence, what a surprise

Yesterday Kelvin Davis performed yet another hit job on Serco, alleging that there were corrupt prison officers delivering contraband to the scumbags in jail.

Paul Henry challenged him to front, so did Judith Collins…but he has failed to deliver up evidence and now the problem is in the hands of Police.

Kelvin Davis “is playing a game” and risks attracting the attention of “violent” criminals, Corrections Minister Judith Collins has warned.

The Labour MP on Thursday alleged a small number of Corrections officers in Auckland are taking bribes and sneaking cigarettes to inmates. He provided Newshub with a recording of a conversation between himself and a family member on the outside, explaining how the smuggling operation runs.

Mr Davis promised to give all the evidence he had to Ms Collins.

“About six o’clock last night he sent through what he said was a transcript,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I spoke to the Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, and Ray and I talked about this, and Ray decided to send this straight away to police because it’s evidence of bribery and corruption — well, it’s an allegation of it.”

Ms Collins appears to not have read the transcript Mr Davis gave her, saying she didn’t know what was in it.

She says Mr Davis hasn’t given her any names, nor the recording of the conversation he had with the whistleblower.  

“I’d like the recording that he made of this conversation to send to police. But also everything he sent me last night, I sent it straight to police within almost a nanosecond.”

Without more information, she’s doubtful police will be able to do anything.

“[Mr Davis] besmirched the reputations of over 4000 Corrections officers. He didn’t name the person, he didn’t give us the details… he didn’t name the person who’s alleged to have set up the bribery in the first place.”

Ms Collins also accuses Mr Davis of playing politics with the allegations instead of doing the right thing.

“He’s got to be very careful with this sort of thing. People aren’t in prison because they’re really nicely behaved people — they’ve actually behaved in really bad ways, and they may well become violent.”

Corrections officers smuggling in contraband for prisoners isn’t exactly new. Ms Collins says since 2007, four Corrections officers have been jailed “for exactly this sort of thing” and there are currently two cases before the courts.

“This is bribery and corruption.”

Bribery and corruption currently being aided and abetted by Kelvin Davis. Isn’t amazing that that all these allegations always seem to b about Serco run prisons.

In the meantime, out of view, Beven Hanlon, laughing hysterically and no dirt on him.

I wonder though if Kelvin Davis and Newshub have thought this through as they broadcast recordings allegedly made by Kelvin Davis. I wonder if they thought through the privacy aspects and the law around secret recordings? Maybe Newshub did some retrospective thinking and that explains why the audio has been taken down from Newshub’s sites.

Some valid questions to ask Kelvin Davids would be if he sought permission from the person he recorded to broadcast their conversation and hand it over to media.


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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.

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