Guilty of giving false statement

Dunedin man Nicholas Birch has admitted making comments to a judge last year that would amount to perjury if made under oath in a judicial proceeding.

Birch (29) pleaded guilty in the Alexandra District Court yesterday.

Judge Dominic Flatley remanded him in custody for sentencing.

He was accused of falsely telling Judge Michael Crosbie in the Alexandra court in March last year he had never met Cromwell man Fletcher Christian Dennis before, and employment would be offered to Dennis on release from jail.

Birch told Judge Crosbie he represented an equestrian company that was willing to offer Dennis employment and pay the $30,000 in reparation and fines owed by him.

Police later investigated the offer when questions were raised about its legitimacy.

Birch will reappear at the Dunedin District Court on January 17 in relation to the charge and on other matters.



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