Graeme Sturgeon, a man who was assaulted, then himself charged with assault, and the case subsequently dismissed, is now faced with costs of $22K. For more background on the story go to this link. EnvirowatchRangitikei
STATE CORRUPTION – WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN GRAEME’S PLACE ?
MEMORANDUM IN RESPECT OF GRAEME STURGEON AND REMEDIES AGAINST DOC FOR ASSAULT ON 17 OCTOBER 2017 – WHITIANGA, COROMANDEL
By Carol Sawyer
Here attached is the legal advice Graeme Sturgeon received today from his barrister Greg Bradford about ways forward. I have both Graeme and his barrister Greg Bradford’s permission ( via Graeme ) to make this public.
It’s longish but I urge you to read it. It has huge ramifications for any dealings we have with the courts with regard to fighting 1080.
Graeme is contemplating his options.
This is an extremely interesting memorandum ! It is impressively honest, and very sobering.
Please note Option 2 in particular. Here is an excerpt from Option 2 – “Par for course in this situation DOC, armed with lots of resources, would try and “burn you off” by taking every procedural step available, appeal every procedural step if possible and protract the proceedings so that you cannot bear the costs of continuing the same.”
So… Graeme Sturgeon gets assaulted by a DoC security guard in a completely unprovoked attack. His legal bill, for two court hearings and a two-day trial is $22,338.75 up to this point.
One hundred of us, exactly, have put $10,100 towards this cost, ( $9150 via the Givealittle campaign, and $950 privately ).
The government has ROBBED US ALL !
Graeme has been assaulted, and then robbed of a large amount of money – by our government’s actions.
The judge dismissed the case, but Graeme and his wife Julie went through what they say is ” the worst three months” of their lives, and have a massive legal bill to show for it. Bear in mind NO COSTS WERE AWARDED !
It should also be remembered that without the security footage showing what happened, Graeme would more than likely have been convicted. DoC were legally obliged to supply that footage within 21 days. It took them three months to do so. Until virtually the last minute before the two day trial they would only supply six seconds of the 15 minute footage, showing Graeme flailing his arms at the security guard ( but not connecting ), in an attempt to show Graeme was attacking guard Lane.
This delay in getting much needed evidence on Graeme and his lawyer’s part added hugely to the financial burden.
READ THE MEMORANDUM:
1.Graeme after the assault, when he had been hauled from his vehicle by security guard, Richard Lane, in an unprovoked attack, in a public carpark, with no signs saying ” Keep Out’ and in total darkness.
2.The Memorandum from barrister Greg Bradford