Crime
Tuesday November 13, 2018
Thursday, 26 July 2018 16:11

Blogger dodges prison over court suppression breaches, harassment campaigns

Internet blogger Dermot Nottingham was sentenced today in the Auckland District Court. Internet blogger Dermot Nottingham was sentenced today in the Auckland District Court. Photo / Sam Hurley

A blogger described as "malicious and nasty" has narrowly avoided prison after breaching suppression orders in a prominent Auckland court case and leading a prolonged campaign of criminal harassment against five people, including a former MP.

Dermot Gregory Nottingham was sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 100 hours' community work today in the Auckland District Court, after what Judge Jonathan Down described as a blatant and contemptuous breach of court orders and an arrogant view of right and wrong.

A jury found Nottingham guilty of five criminal harassment charges and two breaches of court suppression orders following a trial, in which Nottingham represented himself, during April and May.

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