The horrors of the Grace Millane murder trial were headline-making from Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey, but the role as Auckland’s Crown Prosecutor has been quite different from its previous position for incumbents at Meredith Connell.
The cutbacks in the Crown prosecution services and the establishment of a new office to service the South Auckland area under Natalie Walker saw some hard times for Meredith Connell.
Nevertheless, the role as chief prosecutor in New Zealand’s largest city continues to provide a high enough profile for the son of a country teacher who had grown up watching Rumpole and LA Law, but had little real-life experience of lawyers prior to studying law at Otago Law School.
Among the higher profile cases recently handled have been the killing of a two-old-child and a Grey Lynn Dairy stabbling.
With well over 300 trials under his belt, his other passion is horse racing following a childhood spent with grandparents and others at Waikato race tracks.
He also owns a bay gelding Gravano with barrister Paul Wicks QC, which at last count had won five races at Ellerslie.