A former Serious Fraud Office chief prosecutor has pleaded
guilty to forgery charges but was this morning discharged
Anita Maria Killeen, 35, appeared before Judge Mary Beth
Sharp in Auckland District Court, where her lawyer, Paul
Davison QC, entered guilty pleas to forgery and using a
The charges carry maximum jail penalties of three and 10
Killeen did not speak or stand in the dock but was allowed to
sit beside Mr Davison during sentencing, which lasted almost
Judge Sharp said she had indicated at a pre-sentencing
application in October that she would consider a discharge
without conviction under the Sentencing Act because the
circumstances of the case were so unusual.
The judge outlined how an email was sent to the New
Zealand Herald and the National Business Review
which seemed to come from the then SFO chief executive Adam
When the NBR brought the email to Mr Feeley's
attention, forensic investigations were undertaken by PwC
which revealed no such email was sent by Mr Feeley or came
from the SFO.
"While there was not actual evidence to prove Ms Killeen
forwarded the forged composite email, by the process of
deduction it certainly appears it was sent by her to the
press," the judge said.
"Ms Killeen's culpability was at the lowest possible level in
respect of her offending."
This was because the prosectuor, who was up until the time of
her arrest practising as a barrister, had undertaken a course
of fertility medication which in 1 per cent of cases caused
severe psychological side effects, Judge Sharp said.
- By Anne Gibson of the New Zealand Herald