John Banks is attacked with a bucket of mud, as he arrives
at the High Court in Auckland this morning. Photo: NZ
John Banks' trial on a charge of filing a false electoral
return got off to a dirty start today when a man threw a bucket
of mud at him as he walked into the High Court at Auckland.
Act's sole MP was walking towards the court's entrance when
an elderly man stepped forward and threw a bucket load of mud
at him, spattering his face and suit.
Penny Bright, who was protesting against Banks outside the
court, witnessed the incident and said the man "just biffed
it all over" Banks.
"He just looked like thunder," she said of Banks, who then
composed himself and walked inside.
Ms Bright said the man, who was wearing a purple polar fleece
top and grey track pants, was angry about something Banks had
said on Radio Pacific in 1997.
Court security were dealing with the man.
Banks is alleged to have knowingly received political
donations from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and SkyCity
that were recorded in official returns as anonymous during
his bid for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010.
The allegations relate to two $25,000 donations from Dotcom
and a $15,000 donation from SkyCity.
Banks' trial will be heard by Justice Edwin Wylie, without a
It was due to start at 10am but will now begin at 11.30am.