Friday, 11 March 2011
The Court Martial of New Zealand will sit at 9am on Monday 28 March 2011 at the Officer Training School, HMNZS PHILOMEL, Devonport.
A Rating is facing one charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and one charge of attempted sexual violation.
As the evidence relating to the charges is sub judice, no further information relating to the charge or the ranks and names of the personnel involved will be promulgated at this time.
Point of contact for all media inquiries is Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser-Navy on 021 244 0638.
Media wishing to attend Court Martial -For security reasons, please note that we require names of all personnel intending to visit the base in advance, and on the day photographic identification will also be required. An escort will be provided on arrival. Written authorisation is also required for any “expanded media coverage” of the court-martial. All written requests must be submitted to Lieutenant Sarah Campbell by 12pm on Wednesday, 16 March 2011.
Journalists wishing to attend this Court Martial should note that they must be fully informed of each day’s events and not rely on NZDF personnel to tell them of the Court’s proceedings, or tell them of a verdict. Journalists must be in Court to cover its proceedings. Any breach of a Court Martial’s suppression order/s could result in contempt.
Dress for attendees is tidy attire, men to wear ties, females to wear equivalent dress standard.