No action over altered Veitch testimonials

Last updated 09:32 25/04/2009

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The Crown has ruled out taking any action over changes made to character references for disgraced broadcaster Tony Veitch before they were submitted to the judge in his recent assault case.

Olympic chef de mission Dave Currie and squash champion Dame Susan Devoy provided testimonials to Veitch, believing they would be used in an application to get his passport back.

They expressed surprise that they were altered and used as character reference when Veitch pleaded guilty in Auckland District Court to assaulting Kristin Dunne-Powell with reckless disregard for her safety.

Veitch was fined $10,000, ordered to do 300 hours community work, and placed on supervision for nine months.

During sentencing Judge Jan Doogue said the 20 testimonials Veitch produced played a part in her sentencing decision.

A spokeswoman for Solicitor-General David Collins QC confirmed yesterday that no contempt of court complaint had been laid and the matter would not be investigated.

"Nothing has been referred to us, we won't be doing anything," she told The New Zealand Herald.

Police earlier ruled out any investigation without a formal complaint.

-NZPA

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