Hastings District Court

Dodgy failed local body politician

I featured this ratbag some time ago…now the ratbag is before the courts again.

Unsuccessful Napier City Council candidate Stuart McLachlan has failed to appear in court on a charge of assault.

McLachlan, 67, was due to defend the charge yesterday in the Hastings District Court but did not show up.

Judge Jonathan Down issued a warrant for his arrest which was executed by police later in the day.? Read more »

Dodgy Local Body Ratbag named

A dodgy ratbag standing for local council has been named today;

A candidate in the upcoming local body election accused of assault has lost name suppression and can now be revealed as former policeman Stuart McLachlan.

McLachlan is running for Napier City Council in the October elections.

He appeared in Hastings District Court today and argued for name suppression on the basis the publication of the name would cause undue hardship.

Hawke’s Bay Today Deputy Editor Mark Story was present in court to oppose the suppression after Judge Bridget Mackintosh would not accept his submissions last week.

McLachlan has been accused of assaulting a lotto shop worker in March of this year.? Read more »

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