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Talk about being connected! Membership to Maori party puts people above the law.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 1, 2007

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Talk about being connected! Membership to Maori party puts people above the law.
Friday, 30.03.2007, 01:42pm (GMT12)

Maori Party ties stop conviction

The Dominion Post | Thursday, 29 March 2007
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A woman who threatened her partner’s mistress after uncovering the affair has escaped conviction because it may have jeopardised her involvement with the Maori Party.

Palmerston North District Court heard that Sharon Karu, 36, went to the home of a “friend” about 9.20pm on January 5 after she learned the woman was sleeping with her partner.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Chris Whitmore, said Karu knocked on the front door and became “highly aggressive and agitated” toward the woman. Karu continued yelling obscenities at the woman and spat at her through a security door, and also called her children “bastards”.

Karu is the Maori Party’s national delegate for rangatahi (youth) and wahine (women) for Te Tai Hauauru electorate.

She pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of threatening behaviour, a conviction for which carries a fine of up to $1000.

A letter of support from the party’s Te Tai Hauauru branch chairman, Richard Orzecki, was handed to Judge Nevin Dawson by Karu’s lawyer, Mark Alderdice.

Mr Alderdice asked that his client be discharged without conviction because a conviction could affect her involvement with the party. Under section 106 of the Sentencing Act, a judge can discharge a person without conviction if the consequences would outweigh the gravity of the offence.

Mr Alderdice said Karu “lost the plot” when she found out about the affair, but denied threatening to kill her friend. “She accepts that she behaved in a way that was completely unacceptable.”

Judge Dawson accepted Mr Alderdice’s arguments and discharged Karu without conviction.

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