1 Mar 2016

Lawyer who backed into removal worker named

7:52 pm on 1 March 2016

An Auckland lawyer accused of intentionally backing her car into a furniture removal worker twice during a domestic dispute has lost her bid to keep her name secret.

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Name suppression lapsed today for Natalie Tabb, who has pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault with a weapon on 3 June last year.

The Crown said the self-employed commercial and property lawyer came home that day to find her ex-husband moving property into a furniture removal truck, and Ms Tabb tried to block the truck in the driveway with her car.

The Crown said she twice backed into a worker, causing a broken finger and bruising on his leg.

Ms Tabb's lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg QC, said naming her would cause a loss in income, damage her reputation and emotionally harm her two young children.

In declining her appeal, Justice Whata accepted publicity would cause significant embarrassment, but said it would only temporarily harm her reputation .