A high-profile Far North business identity collapsed in the
dock this morning during a bail application relating to
multiple sex charges.
In dramatic scenes Daniel Luke Taylor, 37, collapsed in the
Kaitaia District Court dock and was taken down into the cells
for medical attention.
The former Kaitaia Business Association vice president had
faced 17 sex charges, mostly against juvenile boys. However
police laid five fresh charges against him today.
The bail application hearing had been underway for about an
hour when Taylor collapsed. The hearing is expected to
continue after he receives medical treatment.
In a separate case, former Pamapuria School deputy principal
James Parker, 37, is due to appear later today on dozens of
charges of sexually abusing boys.
He originally pleaded guilty to 49 charges and was due to be
sentenced today. But police say that is unlikely to go ahead
because he is now appearing on 23 new sexual abuse charges.
- Peter Jackson of The Northland Age