An assault in Auckland has been reported: Police called to home of former Hell Pizza franchisee
An investigation is underway after a high-profile Auckland businessman needed hospital treatment at the weekend.
Police were called to a property in Greenhithe on Saturday night after reports two men were fighting and that a gunshot had been heard.
Matthew Blomfield has confirmed to RadioLIVE police were called to his home and that he was taken to North Shore Hospital with facial injuries.
The 38-year-old owned a number of Hell Pizza franchises until 2008, before they went into liquidation, and has been credited as being the brains behind the chain’s controversial marketing.
Last year, Mr Blomfield took a defamation case against Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The case is ongoing.
Mr Slater claimed he had the right not to reveal his sources and is appealing a judge’s decision that his website does not have the legal protection that is given to news media.
It was a little unusual that an unrelated case (as far as has been reported) has been included in this.
This was commented on at The Standard, with a curious series of comments followed by a post.
mickysavage at 8.17 am
I wonder how Cameron Slater’s case with Mat Blomfield is going …
And if Judith Collins is busily distancing herself from Slater …
mickysavage at 12:29 pm
Well blow me down …
NBR is reporting that Matt Blomfield, the guy suing Cameron Slater in defamation, was attacked by a male on the weekend and may have suffered facial injuries from a gunshot.
That defamation case is going to get a whole lot of analysis now …
mickysavage at 12.41 pm
Nope fair dinkum article although it seems too bizarre to believe …
lprent at 3:10 pm
This is just outright weird.
(Quotes report as above)
Bearing in mind the number and severity of attempts that have been taken against Blomfield over the last couple of years, this looks pretty disturbing. The paid for (at least that is what it looks like to me) defamation campaign against Blomfield at Whaleoil in 2012 (and by assertions by the chronically moronic legally illiterate dickheads at Laudam Finen more recently) after ‘someone’ gave Cameron Slater his hard disk and documents to make copies from. Then the crap that has been going on with a defamation case arising out of it which has been characterised by Cameron squirming to not disclose where he received those stolen materials from.
I guess the police are going to have quite a lot to go on. Hopefully Cameron isn’t involved in the vendetta campaign this time. Bad look for bloggers. Maybe he is a journalist after all?
Then at 3.44 a post appeared - What the hell?
The NBR is reporting (behind the paywall) and now at TV3 news that Matt Blomfield, the person currently suing Cameron Slater in defamation, was attacked on the weekend by a male. A gunshot was fired and although it is not specified it is understood that Blomfield suffered an injury from the gunshot.
The police are investigating and seeking the assailant who left the scene after the gun was fired.
Mr Blomfield is the person involved in an ongoing defamation case with Cameron Slater. He posted on the Standard some of the background to the dispute at When the wolf cries boy
The police may have more than a passing interest in the defamation case and with the mystery of the hard drive that came into Slater’s possession. Cameron Slater has been trying to claim that he is a journalist to protect the source of who he received these items from. Mr Blomfield has asserted that these items were stolen.
No doubt they will want to talk to anyone who has discussed the case with Blomfield.
TS wishes Matt a speedy recovery.
A curious close.
There have been some predictable insinuations in the comments. I commented:
This appears to be a not very subtle attempt to connect two things for which no evidence of a link has been provided, already with a predictable reaction.
Why hasn’t the author put their name to this? It’s kinda easy to guess what might be going on but it seems more than a bit suspect.
It was from several authors (including me) and most of it is a paraphrase of the NBR and TV3 articles. We don’t put a single author on when a group of us work on something or when we’re just paraphrasing entire news articles (we’re not the “Indeed” bloggers)
The media were the people who linked Cameron Slater to it which is what I presume you you’re objecting to. As usual you are a bit too coy to actually state what you object to sigh
I added the bit pointing out the prior criminality of the hard drive and documents.
And no, there are 4 things linked in this post (not 3) because the whole thing is just outright murky. You’ll have to go and read the contents of Blomfields post to figure out the missing bits.
But if I were the police I’d be damn suspicious of both Cameron and whatever source he is so valiantly “protecting”.
That’s a more direct suggestion of who could be responsible for the attack. I’ve replied:
You’re not the police, you’re a blogger. Police are not likely to investigate by reading a political blog. If you have suspicions have you contacted the police?
Yes, the media made a connection which as far as reported is unrelated, they do that a bit. But the media didn’t go as far as pointing suspicions from one event to the other. You’ve now done that, and as you are so experienced with blogging you will know what this post would be likely to encourage.
That’s your call of course.
There’s something disturbing about the attack, whatever happened.
And something seems very odd about the response at The Standard. It could be just blog and political rivalry.