Baby killer wants to keep name suppression

via TVNZ

via TVNZ

A man accused of murdering a three-month-old baby in Tauranga is fighting to keep his name secret.

The 19-year-old appeared in the city’s High Court today via video link, following the child’s death in June.

The man also faces eight charges of assault against a child, but further details of the case remain supressed for now.

Defence lawyer Olivia Britton argued the publicity, especially on the back of the Moko case, could prejudice her client’s right to a fair trial and endanger his safety.

But Justice Brewer found that wasn’t enough reason to keep the details from the public.
“Experience has shown that by the time a high-profile case comes to court, then passions have cooled, and there has not yet been a case where it has been impossible to empanel a jury because of the extent of pre-trial publicity.”

He also said it would set a “very unfortunate precedent”  if a judge was to suppress details of identity and alleged offending on the assumption that the prison service couldn’t put proper measures in place to safeguard those in custody.

He allowed the suppression to be lifted, but Ms Britton immediately appealed, meaning it will continue for at least another 24 hours while the matter is lodged with the Court of Appeal.

I can sympathise with  the man for being crap scared that he’ll get a second load of justice in prison.  But I can assure him of this much – it is pointless to think name suppression works in prison.

Looks like the judge isn’t having any of it, in either case.

Not only did the man face murder charges, he also faced charges that indicate sustained assault on a baby.  This man needs to suffer the consequences of his actions.

RIP Richard Uddin.


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