Philippa Cunningham

Dud Judge has another of her decisions appealed

Judge Philippa Cunningham is the same judge who let off “The Comedian” sex offender after she said he made people laugh.

Now another of her decisions is being appealed…the case of Korotangi Paki.

Crown Law is appealing the discharge without conviction handed down to the son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki earlier this month.

Korotangi Paki, 19, was let off charges of burglary, theft and drink driving by Judge Philippa Cunningham after his defence counsel successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

In a statement, media advisor for Crown Law Jan Fulstow said an appeal had been made.

“Crown Law does a very careful and thorough review of cases such as this before a decision is made. ? Read more »

Crown Law Office consider appeal against Prince Paki


Photo / Brett Phibbs – via NZ Herald

Cherie Howie has the details

The Crown Law Office is considering an appeal against a judge’s controversial decision not to convict the son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki on several charges because it would prevent him succeeding the throne.

Judge Philippa Cunningham granted Korotangi Paki a conditional discharge without conviction in the Auckland District Court on Thursday, sparking widespread public outrage.

Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, theft and driving while seven times the legal alcohol limit for his age. The dishonesty offences occurred while Paki was on bail for drink-driving.

Crown Law Office spokeswoman Jan Fulstow said yesterday an appeal was being considered. “We have to get the files and do a thorough review of the matter first.”

The reasoning was that it may, one day, prevent him from taking the throne as King of all Maori. ?That’s in spite of him being 2nd in line. ?Mind you, his brother hasn’t been a picture of good behaviour either, so he may in fact be in the running. ? Read more »

Good on ya Dover

Dover Samuels says the dud judge who let off the royal ratbag with a discharge without conviction has ‘cultural hypnosis’.

A judge who discharged the Maori King’s son without conviction is suffering from “cultural hypnosis”, former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels says.

Korotangi Paki, 19, pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court yesterday to drink driving, two counts of burglary and one of theft.

Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction on all charges but imposed a special condition that he provide the court evidence he did not have an alcohol problem or if he did, that he had addressed it with counselling.

Paki’s lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne.

Samuels told Radio New Zealand this morning the judge’s decision should not have taken into account Paki’s royal status. Read more »

Dud judge buys Maori privilege story to save royal ratbag from conviction

Being a member of the bro-racracy and Maori royalty has paid off for for a royal ratbag who has escaped conviction because one day he may be the Maori King…a made up position of now real standing.

The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki has been discharged without conviction today on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, after his defence successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

His drink driving charge — in which he blew a reading almost double the legal adult alcohol level — was only revealed in court today after Judge Philippa Cunningham lifted a suppression order.

Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen — who will become a father in September — ineligible for the role of king.

However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society. ? Read more »

I bet he was registered too

Another teacher has plead guilty to indecently assaulting children.

Yet again we see that the claim of the Labour party and teacher unions that registration of teachers will protect children is false.

A man who worked at an Auckland primary school has pleaded guilty to indecent sexual acts on a young girl.

The man appeared in the Auckland District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault on a child under the age of 12.

The offending occurred between April 2011 and January 2013 on three occasions.? Read more »

What does it take to get rid of a dud judge?

Dud judges cause no end of grief. But what does it take to get rid of dud judges.

Take Philippa Cunningham…she is the judge who thought “The Comedian” child sex offender should be discharged without conviction because amongst other things he?”makes people laugh”. That decision was overturned on appeal?after the Crown challenged Cunningham’s original sentence. He was then sentenced to 8 months home detention.

Now Cunningham is making news again with another of her pathetic sentences overturned.

A man who was sentenced to home detention after permanently disabling an elderly woman when he robbed her at an Auckland shopping mall has had his home-based sentenced quashed and a prison sentence of more than twice the original length imposed.

Darrin Murphy Fidow was originally sentenced to nine months’ home detention after being convicted on aggravated robbery and burglary charges. ?? Read more »

We still aren’t laughing

The Comedian who was discharged without conviction because a judge thought he made people laugh has to be sentenced again….we still aren’t laughing:

A comedian discharged without conviction after admitting he sexually assaulted his young daughter will be resentenced.

The man pleaded guilty last March to performing an indecent act on the child, who was in bed with him and his wife, but walked away without conviction in September.

Auckland District Court judge Philippa Cunningham ruled the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the offending and said the man was a talented New Zealander. The decision caused controversy and the Crown sought a review.

In a High Court decision released yesterday, Justice Murray Gilbert ruled the man should be resentenced, NZ Newswire reported.

Gilbert agreed with Crown submissions that the consequences of a conviction did not outweigh the offending, that the judge did not take into account a guilty plea and said the fact the man was drunk should not have been a factor.

No date has been set for resentencing.