A teenage woman charged with assault after a road rage video was posted on line had her name suppressed when she appeared in court in Lower Hutt today.
The NZ Herald reports that the judge remanded the woman at large until March 18. If she has fulfilled requirements of the police scheme, she will be granted diversion.
Interim name suppression was granted after the teen’s lawyer said the accused and her family had received threats after the video was made public.
News from NZ Police – December 20
A 19-year-old woman seen in a road rage video posted to Facebook has been charged with assault. The assault against a victim who is yet to come forward to Police occurred on Sunday on the Ewen Bridge in Lower Hutt at around 4.30pm.
The woman spoke with Upper Hutt Police after the video appeared online on Sunday.
Senior Sergeant Carolyn McKenzie says “Police would like to speak to the woman victim and a witness who was with her and encourage them to get in contact”.
“The video serves as a useful reminder that people need to keep their cool out on the roads this summer. Brandishing a weapon and assaulting someone is not acceptable and Police will pursue charges”.
The 19-year-old will appear in Hutt Valley District Court on 28 January.