1 Nov 2018

Man pleads guilty to breaching suppression order

12:30 pm on 1 November 2018

A man who named a victim of indecent assault, breaching a suppression order, has changed his plea to guilty.

Kerry Bolton

Kerry Bolton Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Kerry Bolton, a supporter of a Kāpiti Coast councillor convicted of indecent assault, called a talkback radio station in May and named the woman.

He made the call a day after a jury had found councillor David Scott guilty of the charge, which related to an incident in which he rubbed his genitals against a colleague during a council morning tea. The judge fined him $1500.

Bolton appeared in the Porirua District Court today for what was due to be a judge-only trial.

The prosecutor indicated the maximum penalty for the charge was a $25,000 fine.

Bolton's lawyer John Tannahill told Judge Denys Barry said his client had decided to plead guilty but would seek a discharge without conviction.

Judge Barry remanded Bolton to reappear at a sentencing hearing next year.