No drinking in name suppression case

Friday May 23, 2014 Published in Letters to the Editor
Defence councel Norman George has set the record straight about an elderly man who was granted name suppression, saying no alcohol was involved in the incident. 14021329 Defence councel Norman George has set the record straight about an elderly man who was granted name suppression, saying no alcohol was involved in the incident. 14021329

Dear Editor, As counsel representing the defendant involved in the careless driving charge in Court on 15 May 2014, I wish to set the record straight, there was no alcohol involved. 

The man had been to Avatiu valley to feed his pigs about 4pm in the afternoon. The accident occurred at the Avatiu back road taro patch intersection leading to the power station Tereora, Avatiu village and Ruatonga village.

There was no mention of alcohol in the Court report, yet, your misinformed letter writer made the wrong assumption by attacking the integrity of Justice of the Peace Tui Short for granting name suppression.

Don’t now say you did not know the facts. You guessed wrong. There was no information to suggest liquor was involved, yet you went to great lengths to berate the Justice of the Peace.

Let me assure the letter writer that getting name suppression is a very difficult exercise for lawyers; it is an exception to the rule!  It is fortunate that we have an outstanding JP  whose intelligent humanitarian interpretation of the law is deeply appreciated by me and my client.

All our Justices of the Peace are fair and just, they deserve our confidence and support.

If you are an honourable person you will send another letter to apologies to J. P. Short.

Yours for Justice and fairness

Norman George

Senior Barrister

 

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