Serial rapist Nicholas Reekie's bid to have almost $6000 worth of security for court costs waived has been dismissed in the Court of Appeal.
In a decision delivered today, the court said financial hardship alone was not sufficient reason to waive the costs, and gave him 20 working days to pay $5880 security.
Reekie, one of the country's most notorious sexual offenders, made the request in relation to an earlier decision about him being transferred from Auckland Prison to a Waikato prison.
He said he was put into a unit with worse conditions than at Auckland prison, and he claimed there were problems with security classification and management plans.
In the High Court in Auckland, Justice Rodney Hansen found Reekie's grievances were understandable and well-founded, and that he should have been given notice of, and reasons for, his transfer.
However, the judge found the transfer was still legal because it was made for proper reasons and was not unreasonable.
In March this year, Reekie filed a partial appeal against Justice Hansen's decision, and applied for a waiver of security for court costs.
Reekie said the High Court decision had substantial errors, factual evidence was ignored, and he was facing extreme financial hardship.
He also claimed there was public interest in the matter.
The Appeal Court declined the waiver application in June, saying it was not in the interests of justice for costs to be waived.
In the decision delivered today, the Appeal Court said: "It must be in the interests of justice for security for costs to be waived and there must be exceptional circumstances to do so.
"Financial hardship alone is not sufficient."
Reekie's circumstances could not be considered exceptional, and there was nothing of public importance in the decision, the decision said.
The court noted Reekie's application gave no evidence of financial hardship, despite that being the basis of the application.
Reekie would now have to pay $5880 in security for court costs within 20 working days of the judgement.
Reekie was sentenced in 2003 to preventative detention with a minimum prison term of 25 years, for the rape of four women.
One of the convictions was for raping an 11-year-old girl in 1992, for which David Dougherty was jailed for more than three years before being acquitted at a retrial.
Reekie had previously been jailed for abducting two children. Within three weeks of his release he raped a 69-year-old woman. A month later he raped a 23-year-old woman.
While in prison, Reekie has repeatedly attempted to overturn his charges and laid numerous complaints about his treatment.
In a 2011 appeal, he was described as a "vexatious litigant".
Some of the complaints have included sleeping on a thin mattress and having to dry himself with a small towel, being deprived of light, not having enough toilet paper, and being called "knob rot" by guards after developing a genital infection.
Last year, the High Court found his rights were breached when he was strip-searched by prison staff but it refused to award compensation.
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