Tech company founder abandons suppression bid

The co-founder of a Queenstown tech company has abandoned a 15-month court bid to keep his name suppressed over an assault.

Wulf Solter (38) was sentenced to 12 months' supervision in August 2017, for assaulting a former girlfriend that July.

He pressed his finger against her mouth forcing her head back against a wall so she could not talk for 10 seconds, and broke her phone.

Solter, who founded the Queenstown Whinge Facebook page, applied for name suppression, his lawyer Joseph Mooney arguing it would cause extreme hardship to his digital waiver app business Where- wolf.

The application was declined, but Solter appealed to the High Court where it was also declined.

He then appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal, before withdrawing the appeal last November.