7 Feb 2020

Auckland businessman accused of Millane case name suppression breach

12:00 pm on 7 February 2020

An Auckland businessman charged with breaching name suppression in the Grace Millane case can be named as restaurant owner Leo Molloy.

Auckland businessman / restaurateur Leo Molloy.

Leo Molloy Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Molloy pleaded not guilty when he appeared in Auckland District Court on Friday morning.

The 63-year-old could not previously be named because he was granted interim name suppression.

He's accused of naming the man who killed British backpacker Grace Millane, despite a New Zealand judge suppressing his identity.

Overseas media have previously published the killer's name in defiance of the court order.

Police previously said they had investigated five notifications relating to breaches of name suppression.

Two were from overseas so could not be acted on by authorities here.

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