Stanton settles outside court
Lewis Stanton's latest dispute with the Nelson City Council may be heading for an out-of-court settlement.
The horse-and-cart man, known as Hone Ma Heke, pitched his tent on the front lawn of the Nelson Courthouse again this week in the latest chapter of his parking dispute with the Nelson City Council.
He was due to appear on Tuesday for sentencing, after having told a judge he had no intention of paying nearly $50,000 in overdue parking fines.
However, his case has been adjourned while his lawyers explore a settlement with the council. The details were confidential at this stage, defence lawyer Steven Zindel said. There may also be a defence to the charges, he said.
He did not wish to upset proceedings by commenting further.
Stanton said outside of court yesterday that he had not been issued with any new parking tickets for weeks, and he was wondering if the council had simply given up on trying to make him comply with city parking regulations.
A council spokeswoman said yesterday that there has been no change in council policies or procedures for issuing parking tickets.
"If Mr Stanton is found in breach of parking restrictions, he will be ticketed," she said.
"A lack of tickets would only indicate a parking warden has not come across Mr Stanton parked illegally during the day."
The spokeswoman confirmed that council was in talks with Stanton's lawyers to try to reach a solution.
Stanton's case has been adjourned to December 16.
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