8 Jun 2022

Shargin Stephens' whānau blamed for leaking court documents

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 8 June 2022

The whānau of Shargin Stephens, fatally shot by police in 2016, was blamed for leaking court documents by a coroner, despite there being no evidence they had done so.

The Crown Solicitor, acting for the police, also blamed the whānau for leaking to the media and is recorded by the coroner as saying they should not receive any new evidence about the death of their son because they could not be trusted to keep it confidential.

The treatment of the Stephens whānau at the hands of the justice system can be revealed today after a year-long gagging order imposed by a coroner was lifted yesterday by a High Court judge, following legal action by RNZ.

RNZ investigative reporter Guyon Espiner has the story.