Emails sent to Boult not crim­i­nal

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Po­lice say Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘grounds for a le­git­i­mate com­plaint’’ over a cam­paign against his may­oralty bid, but no crim­i­nal charges will be laid.

Boult asked po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate a cam­paign against him in Septem­ber in the run up to his elec­tion as mayor.

At the time, Boult said he had be­come aware of ac­tions ‘‘which may have had the in­tent of try­ing to in­flu­ence the out­come of the elec­tion against me’’.

A po­lice spokes­woman sub­stan­ti­ated the com­plaint, say­ing Boult re­ceived ‘‘emails’’ be­fore the elec­tion.

She was not pre­pared to say what the emails con­tained.

‘‘Po­lice en­quiries re­vealed grounds for a le­git­i­mate com­plaint, but the thresh­old for crim­i­nal charges was not met and the mat­ter is closed.’’

On Thurs­day, Boult said he was sat­is­fied with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and thanked po­lice.

‘‘It’s now in the past,’’ he said. In Septem­ber, when asked if po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged of­fences un­der the Elec­toral Act, a po­lice spokesman said: ‘‘Po­lice are talk­ing to an in­di­vid­ual about some mat­ters of con­cern to them.’’

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Non-com­pli­ant free­dom campers at Lake Hayes re­serve will be clamped.

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