ADHD and stomach stapling to blame for offending – Aaron Drever’s lawyer

The NZ Herald is not letting this one go

A top real estate agent stripped of his licence last year is blaming attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and stomach stapling surgery for his litany of offending.

West Auckland-based Aaron Drever was once a high-flying seller, earning over $1 million a year in commission.

But he is now making a last-ditch attempt to save the only career he has known since he was 18.

Between 2010 and 2014 Drever, 33, notched up 11 separate formal complaints to the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) and was subject to nine separate disciplinary findings – a record that still stands nationwide.

Whaleoil has followed Drever’s “career” as well, and last year he blamed simply being too busy instead of medical conditions and surgery.  

Today he appealed the cancellation to the High Court at Auckland, with his lawyer Guyon Foley arguing the penalty was “excessive and inappropriate”.

Foley told Justice Anne Hinton his client’s track record “isn’t a terrible history your honour in criminal terms”, but admitted it was “not good”.

He said important mitigating information about Drever’s mental state and personal circumstances wasn’t put before the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal when it considered the fate of Drever’s licence.

This included him suffering from depression and anxiety, and problems concentrating due to ADHD.

Foley added that Drever had undergone stomach stapling surgery in 2009, shedding a large amount of weight following the procedure, causing physical and mental difficulties.

Drever had considered making the tribunal aware of these facts ahead of his penalty hearing last year, but his then lawyer feared it could be seen as “plucking heart strings”

So now, in a last ditch attempt, that’s what his lawyer is doing for him instead.

I’m all for redemption, but unless Drever starts to associate with a better class of people, I don’t think it is worth the risk of putting house buyers and sellers’ hard earned money at risk through this man.

Looks like the judge will protect them.


– NZ Herald

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