Protesters frustrated by court delay

ROB KIDD
Last updated 11:43 16/11/2012
Sue Bradford
JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax Media

ACCUSED: Sue Bradford, Adam Craigie, Chris Zack and Hana Bellingham outside Auckland District Court.

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Anti-poverty protesters who chained themselves to Social Development Ministry desks will have to wait another five months for their day in court.

Former Green Party MP Sue Bradford and fellow Auckland Action Against Poverty members Hana Bellingham, Adam Craigie and Chris Zack shackled themselves to the inside of the ministry's Auckland office on September 18.

They were charged with wilful trespass.

They appeared in Auckland District Court today for a defended hearing set to last half a day but the police officer who trespassed them was overseas and the matter was adjourned until April.

Bradford was stunned by the five-month wait but was confident the group would successfully defend the charge.

"It's a farce the state of the courts," she said.

Jack Daylight, who was arrested outside the ministry building in September, had his charge dismissed by Judge Allison Sinclair after police offered no evidence.

Tanya Newman was offered diversion at a previous appearance.

The group's spokeswoman Sarah Thompson said the wait was frustrating but it would not change their push for the Government to look seriously at job creation.

She indicated the group would take action again next month.

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