The Herald reports:
Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie will not face any charges relating to a text she sent to former National MP Jami-Lee Ross last year saying he deserved to die.
Police were investigating the text message that was revealed in the fallout between Ross and National in October last year.
Police were looking at whether the text message – which came after the break-up of their extra-marital relationship – constituted an incitement to self-harm, which is punishable by up to three years in prison.
Dowie told the Herald today: “I am very pleased that the NZ Police have concluded that there is no case to answer. I trust in the thorough process that the police have run and believe the decision is fair and just.”
The complaint to police was laid anonymously.
This is no surprise at all. If Police were to start prosecuting people for sending a “I hate you and wish you were dead” text to an ex, we’d have to build a dozen or so more prisons.
Hopefully this decision will now allow all those involved in this issue to move on with their lives and careers.