NZ: Victim in fear after court privacy breach
Hamish McNeilly provides yet another example of how “small” breaches can cause great harm or distress for individuals:
A Dunedin man says he is living in fear after a Family Court privacy breach resulted in his address being sent to his brother, who had allegedly threatened to kill him.
The Family Court has apologised for the error.
Earlier this year, the man’s brother was convicted of criminal damage after smashing thousands of dollars worth of equipment in the man’s flat and urinating on his bed.
The man’s brother was sentenced to 200 hours’ community work and nine months’ supervision, with a requirement to undergo a domestic violence programme and a substance abuse assessment and any follow-up.
The man, who cannot be identified, took out a protection order, from which he asked the Family Court to remove his address, following alleged threats his brother would kill him.
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