Veitch stops efforts to prevent release of police evidence

Tony Veitch has stopped a High Court injunction preventing disclosure of a police file obtained by news media under the Official Information Act (OIA).

However, his lawyers, Chapman Tripp, are critical of the police decision to release the file and say they are disappointed the released information went to media before going to them.

On Wednesday, Veitch's lawyers blocked publication of the file, which relates to the recent prosecution of the former broadcaster.

Chapman Tripp said today Veitch had decided to stop court proceedings preventing publication of the file.

Veitch, 35, was last month sentenced to nine months' supervision, 300 hours community service, fined $10,000 and ordered to attend a Preventing Violence course, after admitting injuring his former girlfriend, Kristin Dunne-Powell.

Six charges of male assaults female were dropped by the Crown.

Veitch's lawyer, Stuart Grieve QC, today called the police actions "totally irresponsible".

Police had told him they had received an OIA application from news media, and once they had decided on what would be released they would contact him again, he said.

However, he was not contacted and did not have an opportunity to oppose the release.

That was "totally irresponsible", Mr Grieve said in a statement.

He said he believed police had never acceded to similar OIA requests by releasing material of the type in question.

"In my opinion the police responsible for condoning or approving the release, have disregarded the position of the courts."

The law firm said in a letter to Veitch that exploring litigation over the matter would involve complex and untested issues and could end up going to the country's highest court.

The cost would be high and there would be no guarantee of a successful outcome.

- NZPA

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