Hone’s trial update

By   /   July 23, 2013  /   7 Comments

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The moment of ‘doh’ was the Police admitting that they had blocked Hone in with a Police van behind his car before arresting him for not moving his car.

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I’ve spent most of the morning in Court to watch Hone’s trial. He is representing himself against a charge of not operating a motor vehicle when told to do so by the Police.

It’s a farce.

For one the Court room is the tiniest court room they have with only seating for 12 in the public gallery. Hone’s supporters spilled out into the corridor.

The moment of ‘doh’ was the Police admitting that they had blocked Hone in with a Police van behind his car before arresting him for not moving his car.

The one positive has been that the Judge has been very fair in his conduct through out the proceedings so I am expecting a fair judgement.

Will update decision when it happens.

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7 Comments

  1. fambo says:

    An independent judiciary is all that we have to protect ourselves at the moment. The government is trying to chisel away at that, because it knows this. The best it can do so far is change laws, attack semi-jucial bodies, and launch veiled threats through the media.

  2. Ovicula says:

    Kia kaha, Hone!

  3. The police van blocked Hone’s car?!?!

    I suspect the verdict will be one of “Not Guilty, Mr Harawira, sorry to have inconvenienced you” – after which the Judge may have a few choice words to say to the Police…

    As Fambo wrote above, the judiciary is the one thing standing between us and this rotten, corrupt “government”…

  4. Peter Tashkoff says:

    Hi Martyn
    Are you able to advise please what actual law is being invoked here.
    I;ve read
    ‘Failure to comply with a police instruction..” and
    ‘Failure to operate a motor vehicle when order to by police..’
    But what legislation is the charge laid under – do you know?
    Cheers

    • Ovicula says:

      I suspect being brown in charge of human rights is the offence. I can’t see him being convicted, but I’ve been wrong before.

  5. Peter Tashkoff says:

    Actually I suppose it is 6.9 of the Land Transport Offences.

    Obstructing vehicle entrances and exits
    (1)A driver or person in charge of a vehicle must not stop, stand, or park the vehicle so as to obstruct entry to or exit from any driveway.
    (2)For the purposes of this clause, a vehicle parked alongside any part of a kerb crossing provided for a driveway or within 1 m of the prolongation of the side of a driveway must be regarded as obstructing entry or exit.
    (3)Nothing in subclause (1) or subclause (2) applies to a bus that has stopped at an authorised bus stop, or a light rail vehicle that has stopped at a light rail vehicle stop, for the purpose of picking up or dropping off passengers.



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