The Dom Post reports:
Hawke’s Bay millionaire merchant banker Sam Kelt has been convicted of disorderly behaviour after a court heard he performed a “flying kung-fu kick” at a passing car.
January 1, 2004: Kelt handcuffed and pepper-sprayed after being pulled over while driving his black Mercedes-Benz from Hastings racecourse. He is charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest, refusing to accompany police and refusing to supply a blood sample. Police claimed he was aggressive. He said he had his hands in his pockets and was being friendly. Police dropped the assault and resisting arrest charges. Kelt was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for six months. He apologised to police.
July 15, 2006: Shortly after midnight Kelt leaves a Mt Maunganui hotel he and wife Bird were staying in to ask boy racers to stop making noise. Raponi Terangikatukua Wilson, 20, admitted punching Kelt to the ground and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community work and $1000 reparation. Kelt suffered serious injury and, in an unusual move, he was represented by a lawyer, Paul Mabey QC, under the Victims Rights Act, at Wilson’s sentencing. Wilson said he had been minding his own business when Kelt began banging on his bonnet. He took this as a challenge to fight.
December 18, 2008: Kelt is involved in an altercation with the manager of Diva bar in Havelock North after a late-night row between his wife and his PA, Kerryn Jones. Kelt is charged with assault after grabbing the manager by his T-shirt. A police officer said Kelt was drunk and abusive. Kelt said he was sober. He was discharged without conviction in Hastings District Court last June.
Seems to be a pattern here. I wonder if someone who was not a millionaire might be in jail by now for all these offences?
UPDATE: Several people have posted on all the good stuff Sam Kelt has done. That’s all well and good, but it seems very obvious to an outsider that he has an anger problem, and if he doesn’t do something about it he’ll keep ending up in trouble with the law.