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'nutcase views': Judge slams unvaccinated unemployed man in court

Author
Open Justice,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 Jan 2022, 3:20pm
Trial of woman on 14 domestic violence charges is under way. Photo/Herald
Trial of woman on 14 domestic violence charges is under way. Photo/Herald

'nutcase views': Judge slams unvaccinated unemployed man in court

Author
Open Justice,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 Jan 2022, 3:20pm

The "nutcase views" of anti-vaxxers will get no sympathy in Judge David Ruth's court. 

He told one of them – Kieran Fensom – that "you should be ashamed of yourself". 

Fensom was appearing in the Christchurch District Court for sentencing on charges of driving with excess breath-alcohol and careless driving. 

Judge Ruth asked what reparations Fensom was able to pay and defence counsel Michaela Brus said he was able to pay $30 a week but was already paying some other fines. 

She said he was also now unemployed because of the vaccine mandate. 

"You won't get vaccinated?" Judge Ruth asked Fensom. 

"I have got no sympathy for him," said the judge, saying he was putting everyone at risk. 

"These nutcase views will not be accepted in this court. You should be ashamed of yourself," said Judge Ruth. 

He convicted Fensom and fined him $400 and disqualified him from driving for six months. 

On the careless driving charge, he ordered Fensom to pay reparations of $2000 at weekly instalments of $30, beginning next week. 

- by David Clarkson