The Solicitor-General has turned down a request by Graham
McCready to bring a private prosecution against Auckland Mayor
Len Brown, saying the evidential grounds for prosecution were
Mr McCready, a retired Wellington accountant and serial
litigant, had sought to prosecute Mr Brown on charges of
corruption and bribery.
To do that, he needed the approval of the Attorney-General,
who referred the request to Solicitor-General Michael Heron,
In a letter to Mr McCready today, Mr Heron said he had taken
into account written submissions from Mr McCready and
submissions from Mr Brown's lawyer Philip Skelton, QC.
He said it was appropriate to allow Mr Brown to make
submissions on whether the test for prosecution was met
because Mr Brown had been allowed no opportunity to comment,
as he normally would under a public prosecution, and the
Serious Fraud Office had also determined that the matter did
not require further investigation or prosecution.
Mr McCready had charged that between November 2010 and
November last year, Mr Brown accepted for himself and his
wife Shan Inglis three complimentary hotel rooms and five
free room upgrades from SkyCity and SkyCity Grand Hotels.
The gifts, worth about $4600 by Mr McCready's calculations,
led to ``favourable consideration'' given by Mr Brown towards
SkyCity and parent company SkyCity Casinos, his charging