So who was the spy?

If you didn’t think the Colin Craig shenanigans could get any murkier..now there is spy in the mix.

A suspicious man wearing dark sunglasses and a black jacket spotted lurking around Jordan Williams’ lawyers’ chambers during the Colin Craig defamation trial worried his team that he was a spy.

It turned out to be a witness who was later subpoenaed but Williams’ legal team tried to link the “so called lurking incident” to Craig.

In judicial minutes released to media today, Justice Sarah Katz detailed the drama which happened at the end of the first week of the trial heard at the Auckland High Court.

Justice Katz said on Monday, September 12 she received an email from Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight about an “incident of concern” the previous Friday evening.

When they were leaving the lawyer’s chambers, they saw “a man with black square glasses ([t dusk] and a black jacket, peering into the foyer, seemingly attempting to read the tenant information”. ?

McKnight, co-counsel Ali Romans and Williams said he seemed highly suspicious and the man appeared “alarmed” to see them and quickly turned and walked away.

McKnight called out to the man, “Can I help you?” And he mumbled he was looking for something.

The next day, the former member of the Conservative Party board sent them pictures of a man who Craig was going to call as a witness but later decided against. It was then up to Williams to subpoena him.

Justice Katz said in her minute that McKnight’s underlying concern was the man had been engaged by Craig “to spy on” Williams’ legal team.

Craig’s lawyer, Stephen Mills, QC, took strong exception to this and said his client was willing to sign a sworn affidavit confirming he hadn’t spied on Williams’ legal team.

The man signed a witness statement “confirming that he was not the lurker”.

I think we all know how much an affidavit from Colin Craig is worth, and any of his fellow travellers who all swore on the bible to tell the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I have my suspicions as to who the spy was. I’m sure they will be explored in due course through proceedings. Especially since he was identified positively from photographs.

There was quite the kerfuffle in court when this was raised in chambers. I’m sure the truth will out soon enough. Amazing how some people were dropped from the witness list pretty damn quickly.

 

-NZ Herald

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