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Chester Borrows pleads not guilty to careless driving causing injury

By Melissa Nightingale

Chester Borrows entered a not guilty plea to the charge arising from an incident in March. Photo / Stuart Munro

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows has denied careless driving causing injury to a protester’s foot.

Borrows, who is also deputy speaker of the house of representatives, appeared in the Whanganui District Court this morning, charged under his birth name Kerry James Borrows.

He allegedly drove into anti-Trans Pacific Partnership protesters Tracey Treadwell and Denise Lockett, while driving visiting Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett around Whanganui. The incident happened on Liverpool St on March 22.

Borrows was remanded at large.

His next appearance is September 13.

Wanganui Chronicle

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows is next scheduled to appear in the Whanganui District Court on a charge of careless driving causing injury on October 17 at 2.15pm.

The charge relates to an incident that happened at a protest against the TPP outside Whanganui’s Collegiate Motor Inn in Liverpool St on March 22.

Borrows pleaded not guilty to the charge at a court appearance in August.

Borrows back in court on driving charge

By Staff Reporter

4:59 PM Monday Oct 17, 2016

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows has denied a careless driving causing injury charge.

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows appeared in Whanganui District Court on Monday facing a charge of careless driving causing injury.

Mr Borrows, who is deputy speaker of Parliament, is charged under his birth name Kerry James Borrows. He has pleaded not guilty.

He allegedly drove into protesters Tracey Treadwell and Denise Lockett outside Whanganui’s Collegiate Motor Inn in Liverpool Street on March 22.

Ms Treadwell – who was treated at Whanganui Hospital after the incident – and Ms Lockett were among a group of protesters opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Mr Borrows was at the Motor Inn attending a breakfast meeting of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce with Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

He drove away from the meeting with Ms Bennett as his passenger and was leaving the Motor Inn driveway when the alleged incident occurred.

Various arguments were presented in court on Monday, all of them suppressed.

Judge Jim Large made no decision. The matter comes up again in the Whanganui court on November 17, with all attendance excused.

– Wanganui Chronicle

THAT WAS QUICK

National MP Chester Borrows to stand down at next election

3:19 pm on 29 November 2016

Whanganui MP and deputy speaker Chester Borrows will stand down at next year’s election.

Chester Borrows Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Mr Borrows – who is headed to trial over a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury – entered Parliament in 2005 and was a former Minister of Courts.

He said he had always thought that four terms would be an ideal tenure, and was particularly proud of the youth justice reforms he worked on.

“As far as work goes, I’d like to work in the justice space, or welfare or something like that. That’s what pushes my buttons, and that’s where I’d like to go.”

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I dare say he’ll be applying to run the prisons now.

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Chester Borrows to face trial over protest incident

6:09 pm on 21 November 2016

The MP for Whanganui, Chester Borrows, is headed to trial over a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury.

It follows an incident at a protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership, in Whanganui in March, in which two people allege they were injured.

It happened as Mr Borrows and Cabinet minister Paula Bennett were leaving a breakfast meeting in Whanganui.

Mr Borrows has pleaded not guilty.

The National MP and deputy speaker of the House appeared last month in the Whanganui District Court, where all evidence and argument in relation to the charge were suppressed.

No trial date has been set and wide-ranging suppression orders remain in place.

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Chester ‘lead foot’ Borrows – excess demerits sees former MP’s licence suspended

23 Dec, 2019 11:48am

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Former courts minister Chester Borrows pictured in court during his trial for careless driving causing injury, for which he was later found not guilty. Photo / File
Former courts minister Chester Borrows pictured in court during his trial for careless driving causing injury, for which he was later found not guilty. Photo / File

Borrows, who is currently heading a Government advisory group tasking with helping reform the criminal justice system, admitted to the Herald today he will lose his licence for three months.

“I’m not a saint. I’ve had a heavy foot and I’m paying the price for it like anybody else.”

Borrows retired as Whanganui’s MP in 2017. During his time in politics he was a Minister for Courts and the National Party’s spokesman for police.

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However, the 62-year-old did admit that he was embarrassed about it and would be “very careful from now on”.

“I’m embarrassed. I’m aware of our horrific road stats and I’m going to be very careful from now on.”

Certain driving offences incur demerit points. If a person accumulates 100 or more demerit points in any two-year period, their licence can be suspended for three months.

At the end of the suspension, the driver will be unlicensed until they’ve reinstated their licence.

It’s not the first time Borrows has been on the wrong side of the law.

He was found not guilty of a charge of careless driving causing injury after driving over the foot of a TPP protestor in Whanganui in March 2016.

Former policeman and Minister for Courts Chester Borrows has lost his licence for 3 months after clocking up too many demerit points from speeding tickets. Photo / File
Former policeman and Minister for Courts Chester Borrows has lost his licence for 3 months after clocking up too many demerit points from speeding tickets. Photo / File

He and fellow minister Paula Bennett were leaving a breakfast at the Collegiate Motor Inn when they were surrounded by the group of protestors and the incident took place.

Last year, Justice Minister Andrew Little appointed Borrows the chairman of the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora to work alongside justice sector agencies on criminal justice reform.

Borrows, who lives in Hāwera with wife Ella, has been keen to remain working in the justice sector following his retirement.

He became an MP between 2005 and 2017.

Prior to politics, he was a policeman, working in Nelson, Auckand, Wellington and Patea.

He was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

In 1978, he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for services in attempting to arrest an armed murderer.

 

DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO.

 

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