Absolutely, positively ... guilty

04:21, Jan 28 2009

The man who brought assault charges against Labour cabinet minister Trevor Mallard pleaded guilty to providing the Inland Revenue false or misleading documents at Wellington District Court today.

This morning Graham Edward McCready, 64, had robustly denied his guilt, saying: "Absolutely, positively, not guilty" in reply to each of the 50 charges against him.

However, this afternoon, after the Crown had reduced the number of charges from 50 to 13, the Wellington accountant changed his plea to guilty.

The Crown then dropped one charge of aiding and abetting a company to return a false tax return.

The remaining 12 charges related to McCready filing misleading or false documents to the IRD.

Judge Mike Behrens remanded him on bail until February 27 for sentencing.

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In 2007 McCready brought a private prosecution against Labour MP Mr Mallard for assaulting National MP Tau Henare outside Parliament's debating chamber.

Mr Mallard lashed out at Mr Henare, who had been taunting him about his private life.

Mr Mallard was convicted of the lesser offence of fighting in a public place and ordered to pay $500 to the Salvation Army Bridge programme, which deals with alcohol and drug dependency.

- NZPA