An Upper Hutt woman who was shown in a social media video assaulting another woman has had her name suppressed because of death threats and been given police diversion.
The 18-year-old woman is charged with assaulting an unknown driver on December 14.
She has been offered diversion by police. If she completes diversion the charge will be withdrawn without resulting in a conviction on her list.
To be eligible for diversion the offender has to admit guilt.
A video on social media sites appeared to show an assault of one woman by another who looked to holding a screwdriver on Lower Hutt’s Ewen Bridge.
In the footage a woman shouts at another “you nearly cut my car off, do you know how to drive.’’
She demands to see the other driver’s licence and then appeared to hit her in the face.
Her lawyer Marty Robinson opposed media taking pictures in court saying she had received death threats, been assaulted and had things thrown at her house after media picked up on the video.
She had lost two part time jobs and feared she would be unable to get others in the hospitality industry where she had worked.
He said it would cause her extreme hardship for more pictures to be out there. He also asked for name suppression.
The woman handed herself into police after publicity.
Mr Robinson said there was an element of vigilante justice in those out to make trouble for her.
The woman’s Facebook page has since been disabled.
He said she had signed herself up for an anger management course.
Hutt Valley District Court judge John Bergseng remanded her until March to complete diversion.
- The Dominion Post
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