Rob Kidd is a NZME. News Service court reporter based in Auckland.

Name suppression for Kiwi musician charged with assault

The musician in his 30s, appeared in Auckland District Court today accused of common assault, which allegedly took place on February 10. File photo
The musician in his 30s, appeared in Auckland District Court today accused of common assault, which allegedly took place on February 10. File photo

A multi-award-winning Kiwi musician charged with assault has had his name suppressed to protect his "international reputation".

The man, in his 30s, appeared in Auckland District Court today accused of common assault, which allegedly took place on February 10.

His lawyer Dennis Ansley said the defendant was raising money to go overseas for a gig next week and was concerned publicity about the allegation would have an adverse impact.

He reckoned there was a "50-50 chance" of getting the cash for trip.

Community magistrate Janet Holmes granted name suppression until his next appearance but said it was a "pretty marginal" call.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison but the musician may yet escape any penalty.

Police said he was being considered for diversion and had no previous convictions.

Diversion is a scheme that provides predominantly first offenders with the chance to avoid conviction for what the police deem low-level offending.

The defendant has to accept full responsibility for the crime and agree to fulfil certain conditions in exchange for the charges being withdrawn.

He was remanded on bail until next month.

Bail conditions included non-association with the complainant and an order not to offer violence to people or property.

- NZ Herald

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