Kapala berthed at the Kitchener St wharf late this week. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A key supporter of convicted fraudster Michael Swann is
remaining tight-lipped over his links to a Dunedin-based
Former Australian fisheries research vessel Kapala was
berthed at the Kitchener St wharf after recent work at the
harbour basin slip.
Sources confirmed the vessel is connected to Harold Cave, of
This week the Otago Daily Times contacted Mr Cave to
ask whether he owned Kapala.
''I don't want to talk about that,'' he said, before hanging
Mr Cave appeared at Mr Swann's parole hearing in June, and
drove him from prison on his release a month later.
As part of his release, Mr Swann was staying at an approved
Christchurch address; and could not reside elsewhere without
the written approval of Probation.
The ODT sought clarification from the Department of
Corrections on those release conditions, after a tip-off that
Mr Swann could potentially be sailing the vessel to
Christchurch to live on.
A spokeswoman declined to answer questions on whether there
had been any changes to his release conditions, but issued a
statement saying: ''Corrections is managing this offender in
accordance with his release conditions''.
Mr Swann, who had wanted to be paroled to Mr Cave's address,
was instead paroled to Alasdair Cassels' Governors Bay
property, Mr Cassels, who is a director and majority
shareholder of Cassels & Sons Brewery and owns the
Woolston Tannery complex, declined to talk yesterday.
Mr Swann spent four years and eight months in jail for his
part in defrauding the former Otago District Health Board of
In November, more than $250,000 in cash and assets, including
a 1922 Rolls-Royce bought for $160,000 in 2004, was recovered
from Mr Swann.
Despite the High Court ruling, Mr Swann could not be recalled
to prison as the discovery of assets was not part of his
A police spokeswoman said police welcomed information
concerning the recovery of assets and cash connected to Mr
Swann, who remains subject to a $6 million pecuniary order.
Any property recovered up to that amount can be used to
satisfy the order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act.