A Tauranga firm is likely to be the first convicted under new security legislation passed in 2010.
Andrew Craig Campbell's company Satellite Security NZ Ltd, which also operated under the name Satellite Security Ltd and before that Radius Security BOP Ltd, face charges for operating a security business without a licence under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010.
Campbell's sales and training manager, Anthony John Tuhoro, 50, of Hamilton, is also facing charges.
Tuhoro failed to turn up to yesterday's hearing. Several warrants, including from the Inland Revenue Department, are out for his arrest.
During the second day of a defended hearing in Hamilton District Court yesterday, Judge Burnett indicated to Campbell's lawyer David Bates she was likely to find Campbell, 45, and his company guilty on all charges.
Mr Bates argued there were complex grey areas in the fine print of the new legislation around a company hiring contractors to do installations for unlicensed operators.
Satellite Security Systems imports then sells CCTV security systems and alarms to clients around the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Campbell then hires contractors to install the systems for clients.
Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron said that, because Campbell did not have a licence, he was not allowed to carry out this work under the act.
The matter will be brought before the court again on October 5.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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