Cake retailer f ights to keep name suppressed
A cake retailer who denies receiving a small amount of clothing, after almost 2000 samples were taken worth about $870,000 from fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper’s business premises, is fighting to keep her name suppressed.
In late October, the fashion designer’s Auckland showroom was robbed, which was a ‘‘kick in the guts’’ for Cooper’s 100 staff members and affected a breast cancer charity fashion evening.
The woman, 45, has denied receiving $1500 worth of goods, and was declined continued interim suppression by Judge Eddie Paul at a hearing in June. Her lawyer,
Christina Hallaway, appealed that decision to the High Court at Auckland where she said her client’s cake business was not currently trading. Justice Matthew Muir reserved his decision.
At a previous hearing, a 42-year-old man who previously claimed he was ‘‘well known’’ in the television industry admitted two charges of obtaining by deception and one charge of burglary. He will be sentenced in September.
Yesterday at the High Court, Hallaway argued that her client was alleged to have received only a small percentage of the stolen items. Hallaway said that if her client’s name were to be published, she could be targeted on social media. This would be unregulated and could prejudice her fair-trial rights.
Crown prosecutor Pavee Patanasiri said publication of the defendant’s name represented no real risk to fair-trial rights, and there was lack of evidence about social commentary.
Justice Muir said the complainant had opposed continued suppression given the fact there had been suspicion cast on her employees.
Florist Andrea Nicole Edwards has denied receiving $500,000 worth of stolen goods and is set to go to trial with the cake decorator in February. In May, a 26-year-old woman was charged with receiving $8000 worth of Trelise Cooper branded clothing.