Character witnesses vouch for John Banks

02:38, May 27 2014
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JUSTICE EDWIN WYLIE: The judge hearing the case.
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JOHN BANKS: Facing charges relating to whether he knew the source of donations to his 2010 bid for the Auckland mayoralty. On May 19 he had manure thrown over him on his way in to court.
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MONA DOTCOM: Taking the oath before giving evidence at the trial.
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MONA DOTCOM: Rejected a suggestion by defence lawyer David Jones, QC, that she had been told what to say by Kim Dotcom.
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KIM DOTCOM: The millionaire internet entrepreneur told the court he offered Banks the $50,000 donation at a lunch at his Coatesville mansion. Dotcom said Banks asked for it to be split into two cheques of $25,000.
Amanda Banks
Amanda banks, John Banks' wife.

John Banks received SkyCity's campaign donation in a sealed envelope and passed it directly on to a staffer, a court has heard.

Banks' defence concluded today with evidence from 2010 mayoralty campaign staffer Scott Campbell, Banks' media advisor, and a host of character witnesses testifying to the politician's good character.

Banks, the Epsom MP and former leader of the ACT Party, is on trial in the High Court in Auckland for "transmitting a return of electoral expenses knowing that it is false in a material particular".

John Banks leaving court may 27
LEAVING COURT: ACT MP John Banks leaves the Auckland High Court after the day's proceedings in the private prosecution over donations to his mayoral campaign fund.

The charge relates to three entries in the electoral returns for his failed 2010 Auckland super-city mayoral campaign.

The donations were recorded as anonymous, but the Crown says Banks knew two donations of $25,000 each were from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and one of $15,000 was from SkyCity.

Banks denies the charges.

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Campbell testified today that he received SkyCity's cheque from Banks in a sealed envelope.

He said Banks came into campaign headquarters, handed him a SkyCity envelope and said "give this to Lance" (the campaign treasurer).

Character witnesses David Hay, Banks' former deputy mayor, businessman Richard Langridge, former Banks business partner Patricia White, and Dame Jenny Gibbs, testified that Banks was an honest man.

John Jamieson, police commissioner when Banks was Minister of Police in the early 1990s, said Banks was enthusiastic and keen on operational policing, and he went to Aramoana with Jamieson when a gunman shot 13 people dead.

Banks' best friend of more than 50 years, Raymond Wilson, the publican of the Cavalier Tavern, said Banks was a good and loyal friend and he trusted him "totally".

Closing addresses will be made on Thursday.

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