by Kerry Bolton
While the Fairfax media has published a great deal of utter nonsense to portray supporters of Dr David Scott in his efforts to clear his name of a false accusation as malicious, even (gasp) dangerous, the narcissistically pseudonymous ‘Adele’ has made allegations both to Fairfax and to the District Courts with bizarre affidavits that are nothing short of outrageous lies and which the former has gleefully repeated.
In June I was charged with breach of name suppression, and for whatever reason have been made responsible for the actions of Newstalk ZB in broadcasting ‘Adele’s’ actual name. Leaving this aside, the blatantly inflammatory articles by Virginia Fallon of Fairfax have had a little impact.
We should look at the recent antics of one of her ‘supporters’. On 15 December at 1:30 p.m. I was waiting near the main entrance of Coastlands, opposite Countdown, when someone with a Scottish accent, of middle age and average build and height, approached me and asked whether I was the individual pictured in the Dominion Post.
I said I was. He claimed to ‘know’ (sic) David Scott. He told me that Scott should ‘drop the matter’, by which I assumed he meant his appeal. I said, ‘he can’t’ (by which I meant, why should an innocent and honourable person accept false accusations?). He then asked me to tell him ‘Adele’s’ actual name. At this point my wife had walked past a few meters away, so I abruptly excused myself and caught up with her. I have a good idea who this person is and believe he is a man who compulsively re-posts news items about Scott on social media with a disparaging comment, that provide opportunity for ‘Adele’s’ half a dozen or so supporters to add malicious quips.
Under the Crimes Act 1961, Part 4, 66 (1) ‘Every one is a party to and guilty of an offence who (d) incites, counsels, or procures any person to commit the offence’.
But from experience I know that Kapiti police have a biased view and would not care less.
Because of their extremely biased and inaccurate nature we have filed formal complaints with the Media Council about the articles composed by Virginia Fallon, although the responsibility for their being published is that of her editor. This complaints process will take a while. But as a general public service in the meantime, here are four paragraphs from the second complaint pointing out inaccuracies that may be useful for some readers. –Eds
- A Restraining Order application is a civil matter between the applicant and the respondent, it is not a criminal charge;
- ‘Adele’s lawyer obviously did not tell ‘Adele’ that criminal matters take precedence over civil litigation and that by including a conviction that is being appealed in her application, it would automatically result in her application being postponed until after that had been determined;
- ‘Adele’s lawyer omitted to tell her that a judge will decline the inclusion of several other parties on a Restraining Order: those parties have to make their own applications;
- It is perfectly legitimate for someone being accused of something to investigate the ulterior motivation and background of the accuser by contacting, directly or indirectly, those who know the accuser;