On 20 June after Melanie Read’s Newsroom interview Andrew Geddis blogged about possible obstruction of justice by a National Party Board member. That was based on new information in the Barclay case, and may be why the Police have since re-interviewed Glenys Dickson.
We now know that the National Party Board member in question was Glenda Hughes. She refused to answer any questions at the National Party Conference. National’s chairman Peter Goodfellow confirmed bis confidence in her.
Glenys Dickson has now put this information on the record about what happened to her while the police investigation into her complaint was underway, and well before it was wound up.
After Dickson complained to the police, Hughes urged her to withdraw the complaint.
“I was told if I didn’t withdraw the police complaint I could potentially take down the National Party, and there was an inference that if National didn’t have Barclay in Parliament they were one short to pass legislation.”
Dickson said she was also told that it would be difficult for her and her family if she had to appear in a high-profile court case.
“The board member explained to me if I withdrew my complaint I would be considered a hostile witness and the police would have not had a case.”
In his Pundit post Andrew Geddis had this to say about that statement.
An attempt to obstruct the course of justice may also occur where the defendant discourages a potential complainant from pursuing allegations of wrong-doing.”
So it would seem that Glenda Hughes’ attempt to cover-up any police case against Todd Barclay may also be a crime. It also appears to indicate the National Party board thought he had a case to answer.
The National Party’s caucus leadership have thrown Barclay under the bus with the penalty he would have incurred if the allegations against him had been proven. National Party board members should not get off lightly either.