Farmer threatened to kill John Key
Oxford farmer All Means All has been found guilty on six charges of threatening to kill Prime Minister John Key and the courts now have the prickly problem of deciding what to do with him.
The verdicts on the 46-year-old's latest letter writing campaign came back before lunch on the fifth day of his Christchurch District Court trial, after less than two hours of deliberations by the jury on eight charges.
A charge of criminal harassment of Key was dropped last week. When the repeated letters arrived at the Prime Minister's office, staff, security, and police handled the matter and Judge Jane Farish ruled that the charge could not proceed because Key himself knew nothing about the threats.
That left the jury with eight charges of threatening to kill the PM in letters sent to him at Parliament in July, August, and September 2012. They found him guilty on six charges where he wrote "Alls going 2 kill U", but acquitted him on two charges where he wrote "Alls 2 blow U 2 kingdom come".
Judge Jane Farish remanded him on bail for sentencing on May 28.
She asked for a pre-sentence report, which will cover his suitability for home or community detention. She told him she was not attracted to the idea of fining him - that happened last time he did this - but otherwise she was keeping an open mind about the options.
Crown prosecutor Karyn South asked the judge whether she also wanted to call for a new psychiatric report on All, but Judge Farish said she did not think she needed one. She said he had one from an earlier trial and she believed his circumstances had not changed fundamentally since then, though he seemed more emotional at his latest trial.
"Agreed," said All, when she asked him to comment from the dock.
All Means All presents "the system" with problems at every level - which may be his goal in this latest tilt at the authorities.
The question is, How can the system cope with him?
He has persisted with his regular letter writing campaigns, and threats.
His insists on having long and expensive trials, which give him a forum to say what he wants about being a freedom fighter for New Zealand.
Instead of having a lawyer, he represents himself which gives him greater options for speaking for himself.
And there are limited options for penalising him.
He sees himself as "the messenger", he says. What, Judge Jane Farish wanted to know when he gave evidence, was the message?
He explained that it was: "Nothing makes sense in this criminally corrupt country."
He did not deny sending the letters. They had his handwriting and his fingerprints on them.
Pressured by Miss South, he said that All in the letters did not necessarily mean him, but referred to "everything and anything".
She accused him of choosing words carefully with a view to arguing about the semantics later.
He repeatedly referred in court to "the Prime Minister's criminally corrupt thugs" and said that the Government's position was that "words don't mean what they say".
That has apparently been the basis of his name change to All Means All, from Mark Stafford Feary.
The whole thing stems from a land dispute with the Crown.
That led to him sending a series of threatening letters in 2008 and a trial that ended with his conviction and sentencing in July 2010.
He did not impress that judge - Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave who he has also criticised during the latest trial - by turning up in a t-shirt reading "All Means All" and setting up a picture of his family on the table in front him at the sentencing.
"Pictures of your family in a pretty frame, and a shirt which is taking the mickey are not going to impress," Judge Neave told him.
And that trial was when the threats emerged that All Means All would go on a hunger strike if he were sent to prison.
He said he would not eat the corrupt government's food nor drink its drink. He was willing to die in prison, a sacrifice he sees as part of his fight for justice. He repeated that threat to the jury at his latest trial.
Last time, carefully avoiding any prospect of a drawn-out death scene in prison for All, the judge imposed a $20,000 fine. The judge wasn't going to let him be a martyr then, but after his second set of convictions, it may be time to impose a little martyrdom.
A two-week prison sentence may be the solution. He will not eat the food, nor drink the drink, but he will only have to serve a week of it.
That could mean a week of being hungry and bored and no lasting damage.
The authorities could probably live with that.
But the likely option is home detention, where he can eat his own food. Trouble is, the kitchen table at his Oxford farm house is the repeated scene of the crime.