Who tried to tell us something we already knew?
Tau Henare, recently retired National MP…
Last evening LF’s post outing Grahame Thorne as the well-known Kiwi with name suppression received an inordinately high level of traffic. LF went looking for the cause of the sudden spike and found a small Fairfax article that had been posted at around 2100 hrs [NZDST], that offered us a clue to the likely cause:
Ex-MP reveals suppressed name
Last updated 21:39 17/11/2014
Grahame Thorne, former National Party MP and All Black.
A retired National Party politician has named a prominent New Zealander who escaped conviction over a sexual charge in Central Otago.
Earlier this year the man was discharged without conviction, on payment of $6500 reparation to the female complainant when he appeared in the Dunedin District Court on an indecent act charge.
He was granted permanent name suppression.
Last month the woman involved, Louise Hemsley, successfully applied to lift her automatic name suppression – granted by law to all victims of sexual offending.
The man has never been publicly named although in the run up to the general elections, then Labour leader David Cunliffe was castigated for briefly meeting with him.
Tonight an ex-MP disclosed the suppressed man’s name on social media.
- Grahame Thorne – Who was the ex National party MP who thought he was telling us all something that we didn’t already know (laudafinem.com)
- Ex-MP reveals suppressed name (stuff.co.nz)
- Ex-MP tweets name of sex-accused (nzherald.co.nz)
- Complaint laid against former MP over naming of Otago man (stuff.co.nz)