Good on ya Paul Henry

Paul Henry isn’t interested in restorative justice, and to be frank neither am I which will become apparent in coming days.

Broadcaster Paul Henry says he is “not even remotely interested” in having a restorative justice session with the man who assaulted him at an out-of-control protest.

On Wednesday morning Judge David Sharp found Diego Leonardo Chavez guilty of lunging and spitting at Henry outside SkyCity earlier this year.

Chavez’s lawyer Luke Wilson initially said the parties were legally required to look into having a restorative justice session, but later said Chavez had no interest in restorative justice either.

When approached for comment after the verdict when the restorative justice meeting was still a possibility, Henry said he had nothing to say to Chavez.

“I’m getting on with my life so he can get on with his life, with a conviction,” Henry said.

Chavez had been waiting nearly two months for the verdict, after pleading not guilty.

Judge Sharp had reserved his decision after a trial at the Auckland District Court in October.

There, Henry gave evidence of what he called a “vile” act by one of the protesters he’d been accosted by as he lunched at SkyCity earlier this year.

It was a nasty attack by a spiteful little commie prick.

The protesters had gathered outside the SkyTower as Prime Minister John Key gave his post-Budget speech, but after seeing Henry arrive for a separate engagement, began to swarm and heckle him.

“There was a chant they had which was something like ‘mouthpiece of the rich’… they were semi-deranged,” Henry told the court.

He said he feared for his safety because it seemed neither police nor security guards had a handle on the situation.

“It was very threatening. Very threatening. I suppose that’s the huge issue for me, it was very aggressive. A couple of them were screaming at me and literally just right there in my face. The options were reducing and it felt like it was becoming more and more inflamed,” Henry said.

After nearing refuge inside the doors a protester was seen to hurtle towards Henry, lunging at him in a shoulder barge that caused Henry to stumble. Henry said he had to clean spit off his neck afterward.

Police testified that they spent some time observing the protester, said to be Chavez, before arresting him some hours later and charging him with assault.

Chavez’s lawyer Luke Wilson told the court there were some problems with police’s identification method, which hadn’t followed formal protocol.

However Judge Sharp disagreed, saying the officer who identified Chavez had given reliable evidence.

“He was close to the events and his view was largely unimpeded…The sergeant produced a description which I find matches that of the defendant. The description also included a description of the clothing worn by the person observed.

“From my observations of the CCTV footage this…is consistent with the clothing that was worn by the man who pushed Mr Henry.”

I hope he gets banged up. Little scrote.


– Fairfax