Ex-Labour MP to defend ball-throwing accused

17:00, May 23 2014
Peter Kingi
IN COURT: It is alleged Peter Kingi threw an object at Prime Minister John Key’s car as he left Maraenui, Napier’s poorest suburb, in April.

A man charged after a tennis ball was thrown at the prime minister will be defended in court by former Labour MP Russell Fairbrother, QC.

Peter Kingi, 22, was called before two justices of the peace in Napier District Court yesterday on a charge of disorderly behaviour.

It's alleged that he threw an object at Prime Minister John Key's car as he left Maraenui - Napier's poorest suburb - on April 23.

An egg, a rock and a tennis ball were hurled at the car that day.

Kingi arrived at court after his name was called, but need not have bothered as his case had already been adjourned.

Police prosecutor John Ashfield told the JPs he did not expect Kingi to appear as he had "been playing phone tag with Mr Fairbrother all morning regarding this matter".

"It's my understanding he wants to defend it," Ashfield said.

Fairbrother did not wish to comment.

The matter was adjourned until next month. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $1000 fine. 

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