Woman accused of assaulting Waitaki MP in Oamaru

Jacqui Dean
Jacqui Dean
The National Party has expressed support for veteran MP Jacqui Dean after an incident last week in which it is alleged she was the victim of an attack with a blunt instrument.

The altercation is believed to have taken place last Monday in Oamaru, which she represents in Parliament, just days after Mrs Dean (64) found her name dragged into an unrelated political stoush in Wellington.

"Jacqui has kept us informed and we have reiterated we are here to support her should she need anything at all," a spokesperson for National said of the Oamaru incident.

"We expect to see Jacqui back in Parliament this week where she will continue to work hard on behalf of her Waitaki constituency."

The spokesperson declined to comment further on the case because it is before the courts.

Contacted yesterday morning by The New Zealand Herald, Mrs Dean also declined to comment.

Police have confirmed a woman has been summoned to appear in the Oamaru District Court on December 15 regarding a charge of assaulting a person with a blunt instrument.

If convicted, the woman could face up to five years' prison.

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