General Ex Warrior gets blanket Suppression

MiXmasterreece_old

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Man this is BS

"An Auckland judge has issued a blanket suppression order shielding a former rugby league star facing rape allegations.

The former international, arrested last week, returned to court yesterday with a request that an exception be made so he could keep his identity secret – and came away with protective court orders.

The suppression will continue till the trial, which is likely to be held next year.

Auckland District Court judge Michael Lance even took the unusual step of prohibiting media from publishing a pixelated photograph of the accused, the use of which is commonplace in cases where identity is suppressed.

A woman alleges the former Kiwi raped, sexually violated and sodomised her on June 15.

Police opposed the suppression, but the judge said the accused should not be identified because of the effect publicity could have on others. "My concern isn't for him, it's for the people he's assisting," the judge said.

Judge Lance prohibited any publication of the man's photograph, the lawyers' submissions about suppression, and the names and evidence of witnesses in court yesterday.

The witnesses were the defendant's friend, who is also a former league international, his employer and his brother.

Nor can the judge's reasons be fully explained, as this could identify the defendant.

The accused's lawyer said his client's details should be suppressed because of the presumption of innocence; that he was a well-known public figure; that media coverage would be disproportionate; the effect on the accused's family; that identification could prevent a fair trial; and the effect on third parties.

When media, including The Dominion Post, later sought to query the suppression orders Judge Lance was unavailable.

In February last year an All Black was granted permanent name suppression despite pleading guilty to assaulting his pregnant partner. The order sparked criticism that the player received special treatment because of his sporting status."
 

Trotbags_old

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Sure is BS - and now everyone is speculating on who it might or might not be. This does nothing for the game because everyone is focusing on "a bad league player" rather than a bad person who just happened to play league in his past.

Interesting the way the media can put a slant on any story.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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would love to know who the witness is "who is also a former league international"
 

danco_old

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why so long for the court case? innocent until proven guilty but I am cofused over the delay.
 

mac_old

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I have a friend of a friend who works at the courts who saw a familiar league name on the court lists and then saw that same person outside the court yesterday. If this is the person then the name supression is understandable as it will have an effect on other high profile league people.
 

fiamacho_old

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This is disguting regardless of tho the peron is or the impact of advertising the persons name.

What happens to the victim?
 

BigD_old

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His Name was published in the Australian Newspaper.."Daily Telegraph" last week.

Say No More!
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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BigD said:
His Name was published in the Australian Newspaper.."Daily Telegraph" last week.

Say No More!

Bugger, pretty sure i know who it is but couldnt find it on the telegraph site
 

Esoj_old

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yeah no names as that could close this site down. whoever it is must be pretty high profile to be granted continued name supression. I am sure the name could be found out by researching places overseas. just like that "all black" got found out.
 

Jesbass_old

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-Dr.J- said:
I found out who it was today... Surprising!

Hope he's innocent

I think he is, Dr.J, though I speak with no authority. I know someone who knows a few of the individual's former teammates, and his opinion was it was more about the money than the crime.

Time will tell, I suppose.
 

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