Senior public official in court over domestic incident

By Jimmy Ellingham

The man faces a charge of assault and a count of breaching a protection order in June last year. File photo
The man faces a charge of assault and a count of breaching a protection order in June last year. File photo

A senior public sector official has appeared in court charged over a domestic incident, but his name remains secret for now.

The man, aged in his 40s, faces a charge of assault and a count of breaching a protection order in June last year.

The charges were laid last month and the man, whose resume includes a high-profile public relations role, has previously appeared in court, pleading not guilty.

In the Porirua District Court today, the man's lawyer Christopher Stevenson successfully requested a temporary order suppressing the man's name until he re-appears in court next month.

Mr Stevenson said the interim order would allow time to prepare written arguments to keep the man's name secret.

He said the man had recently been accepted into an advanced education course and was a senior employee at his public sector workplace.

Publishing the man's name could also identify the alleged victim.

The defence was waiting to be sent files from the police about the case, Mr Stevenson said.

The man's bail was continued.

- NZ Herald

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