The High Court at Auckland has overturned the sentence handed
down to a comedian convicted of indecently assaulting his
The name of the man has been suppressed to protect the girl's
He was discharged without conviction at the Auckland District
Court last September by Judge Phillipa Cunningham, who said
he's a talented New Zealander who makes people laugh.
At a hearing earlier this month Crown lawyer Mark Lillico
sought a judicial review of the decision, saying although
there were mitigating factors, it was sexual offending and
there was a large disparity in ages.
High Court Justice Murray Gilbert has sent the case back to
the Auckland District Court for the comedian to be