Adrian Gard pleads not guilty to public mischief in All Blacks bugging scandal

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    Security consultant Adrian Gard has appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea to the charge public mischief which relates to the bugging scandal that erupted last year when a listening device was found in the All Blacks’ hotel room.

    Police intend to allege that the device was planted and then later “found” by Gard, and that Gard later gave a false statement about finding the device.

    Simon Joyner, Gard’s lawyer, said Gard would enter a ‘not guilty’ plea.

    “He has participated with the police investigation and he respects the All Blacks and what they represent,” Joyner said.

    Gard has worked in the security industry for more than three decades. His hearing will continue on May 2.

    Gard has previously publicly denied that he has done anything wrong.

    “The bug was news to me, I literally had no idea about it, until I was told about it. I’m really annoyed about the whole thing to tell you the truth… I’m just going to ride the next few months out, the truth will come out in the end,” Gard said in February.

    “People who work with me can vouch for my reputation.

    “My work speaks for itself. I don’t know anything about this stupid bloody bug.”

    The news comes as the latest development in what has been a bizarre scandal that has done some damage to the relationship between Australian and New Zealand rugby.

    There was significant bad blood at the time as All Blacks’ management waited until the day of the game to announce that the device had been found, even though it had been found five days earlier.

    No one from the All Blacks accused Australia of any wrongdoing, the incident proved to be a significant distraction for the team ahead of a vital Bledisloe Cup match, which was easily won by New Zealand.

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    • March 21st 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Blue Horned Mike said | March 21st 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

      Let’s hope this issue is solved in May. These things have a way of dragging themselves out.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 8:46pm
        Rhys Bosley said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

        I hope the court case is delayed and Hanson is required to attend the day before the first Lions test. That would be Karma.

        • March 22nd 2017 @ 9:53am
          ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

          The first bit can’t be taken seriously but do you wish to elaborate on the karma bit.

          • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am
            Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

            I’m with you CG but, it wouldn’t matter anyway cos, the day before every test is usually the “Captains Run” and coaches, are never around……perhaps that’s the karma cos, its the perfect day for Shag, to attend…..when he’s not needed to deal with, these matters!!

            • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am
              ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

              good point 🙂

            • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:14am
              Darwin Stubbie said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

              You guys are clearly forgetting that the aussies were the victims in all this

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:23am
                Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

                I do recall they were, in the match……

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 11:19am
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

                Well it’s fair to say that several made the choice to be the victim.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 11:56am
                Basil said | March 22nd 2017 @ 11:56am | ! Report

                indeed, it’s a bit rude of the ockers to try and pinch NZ’s perpetual victim status. What next will they try to claim, phar lap, pavlova?

                Although to be fair, it does seem that there never was a bug, at least not hidden away in said chair as claimed. It also must be said that those trying to dismiss this as old news are being just a tad disingenuous, to say the least!

                This is intriguing stuff, no doubt about it. There is still the question of what involvement AB management may have had in this. If we are to believe what Gard is saying, then he seems to be suggesting that he did not plant the bug, and in fact knew nothing about it till told. So it isn’t staking up at the moment. Someone is telling porkies. Just who, we cannot say …. yet.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 2:02pm
                Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

                It seems a lot of things, seem to be or not to be, for you…….is your name Basil or Bill???

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 2:57pm
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

                NZ has claimed Phar Lap. His skeleton is at TePapa museum.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 3:04pm
                Basil said | March 22nd 2017 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

                I wouldn’t be trying to be a smart alec OB, given the nature of your many dithering posts on the subject. And why are you so interested in this “old news”, if you don’t mind me asking?

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 3:47pm
                Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

                And, I wouldn’t be trying to make out that you’d be a smart alec Basil……to be smart or not to be smart, aye Basil or, is it Bill?? Oh hang on….Bill, was a smart one.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 3:56pm
                Basil said | March 22nd 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

                who’s Bill, and why are you obsessed by him?

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 4:00pm
                Basil said | March 22nd 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

                NZ have tried to claim phar lap, but in the end it isn’t possible to claim another country’s folklore and pretend it is your own. You can’t rewrite history, as they say!

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 5:19pm
                Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

                Its alright Basil……one day, the penny may drop……till then, to be or not to be, aye?? That, was the question but what a pity, you weren’t smart enough, to recognise it.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 6:41pm
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

                No one’s pretending anything Basil.

                Phar Lap was born near Timaru in the 1920’s (there is now a statue of him on the property I believe) and his skeleton is at TePapa.

                Now why don’t you have that lie down.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 6:45pm
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

                OB – I think you will find he is more familiar with Sybil.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 7:04pm
                soapit said | March 22nd 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

                i think you xan see the stuffed body in melbourne museum clarke (apprently sans skeleton)

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 7:49pm
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

                And his heart is somewhere else – can’t recall where exactly.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 8:03pm
                Old Bugger said | March 22nd 2017 @ 8:03pm | ! Report


                Except, he’s behaving like Manuel……cos Sybil, is way too smart, for the both of them.

              • March 22nd 2017 @ 8:28pm
                ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

                que – que – que ?

                Your right about Sybil – she will be at the golf club.

              • March 23rd 2017 @ 5:48am
                Basil said | March 23rd 2017 @ 5:48am | ! Report

                that statue was erected in 2009!! retrospective history??

                how many times did phar lap race in NZ? ANS: ZILCH!!!

                truth is that no matter how hard kiwis try they cannot invent a history 80 years after the fact. History happens at a time and place, it is a product of the society and culture of the time. end of story.

              • March 23rd 2017 @ 5:36pm
                ClarkeG said | March 23rd 2017 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

                Basil – pay very careful attention.

                At a certain time in a certain place in the 1920s, the racehorse that was known as Phar Lap, was foaled near Timaru (NZ) – progeny of a NZ mare.

                That is fact. It can’t be disputed.

                No one has ever claimed he raced in NZ. He was not of racing age when he left NZ.

                What on earth has the statue being erected in 2009 got to do with anything. Was it to be somehow erected other than retrospectively.Those are rhetorical questions by the way.

                Goodness me. I think OB is right – it’s like having a conversation with Manuel.

                Any further boorish nonsense – please take it up with Sybil.

      • March 22nd 2017 @ 12:23am
        John said | March 22nd 2017 @ 12:23am | ! Report

        The NSW Police must believe they have enough evidence to lay the charges and get a conviction against Adrian Gard. Adrian Gard isn’t pleading guilty to the charges so he must be pretty confident that the NSW Police do not have enough evidence.
        Not looking good for the NSW Police at the moment.

        • March 22nd 2017 @ 1:12am
          Rhys Bosley said | March 22nd 2017 @ 1:12am | ! Report

          Or not looking good for a third party Gard has something on ..,

          • March 22nd 2017 @ 9:05pm
            ebop said | March 22nd 2017 @ 9:05pm | ! Report


    • March 21st 2017 @ 6:44pm
      Brainstrust said | March 21st 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

      Its obvious to me what happened.
      The NZ coach and his security mate concoct a way to motivate the team but ddn’t think it through properly.
      The guarantee is everyone will be talking about it and the press will find out.
      The big problem is once it goes public then the police get called in.
      Making the discovery public was not part of the plan, if they had planned to make it public they would not have done such a shabby job.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 7:19pm
        rebel said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

        You need your handle revoked.

        • March 22nd 2017 @ 9:56am
          ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

          the brains trust is working overtime.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 9:29pm
      Ruckin' Oaf said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:29pm | ! Report

      Eddie Jones – he’s gotta be behind all this. Setting up England to tie the unbeaten run with the All Blacks was a masterstroke.

      THEN comes the Lions tour when Steve Hansen finds himself giving evidence in Sydney and the Lions get the vital psychological edge then we’ll see the real Jones work in action.

      Fast forward to the AB’s in England and Eddie will be fronting the press making comments about England getting under the skin of the All Blacks – “bugging” them even 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      March 22nd 2017 @ 12:18am
      RobC said | March 22nd 2017 @ 12:18am | ! Report

      No one accused Australia but waited the ABs until game day to announce they found it

      What are we, stupid?

      • March 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am
        ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        Dunno – are we?

        • Roar Guru

          March 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am
          RobC said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

          It seems, We, in this case Clarke, doesn’t include you.

          • March 22nd 2017 @ 11:26am
            ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

            Cool…I think …hang on…I’m not sure. 😉

            • Roar Guru

              March 22nd 2017 @ 5:48pm
              RobC said | March 22nd 2017 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

              haha. me too 😀

    • March 22nd 2017 @ 9:36am
      Connor33 said | March 22nd 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      This issue is not going away.

      Gard screams that he has an “excellent reputation”–seeking to bolster his reputation before the hearing. Hansen supports that reputation. 100%. And has said as much.

      Yet neither disclosed the bug when they should have.

      If either Gard or Hansen had a problem with the bug, why wasn’t it brought to the attention of the NSW police the day they “actually”became aware of it? This would have now bolstered their credibility.If sensible, both would have known this. But the fact that they didn’t disclose when they should have–and then released the information on the most important day of Australian rugby–was a bloody disgrace. Their credibilities are now taking a hit, and in a court of law no less.

      Interestingly, I don’t see NZ journalists running around as cheer leaders anymore. If anything, they’re probably now appreciating that they could well have been taken for a ride. But they’re near complicit in the whole fiasco for not asking more questions before publishing the story. Not fake news, clown news given the timing.

      Whether Gard is convicted or not is really not my issue; rather, my issue is that there is a credibility gap and it led to innuendo being leveled against the Australia team hours before the Abs ran out on the pitch.

      Let’s see what unfolds…

      • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:06am
        ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

        Yes lets see.

        But your points have all been done to death previously.

        • March 22nd 2017 @ 5:17pm
          Connor33 said | March 22nd 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

          The credibility issue hasn’t. And isn’t interesting that Hansen isn’t saying Gard’s innocent. Just that he’s got an excellent reputation in the eyes of the ABs.

          But really, has Hansen, or anyone stated on record why it game out the day of the test, rather than 5 days earlier when both knew. That wouldn’t be fake news, nor crappy news. We’d all be quite enlightened by new news. That’s the issue here–tethered directly to the now credibility gap in a court of law. Though a hard charge to prove, though I am a little surprised Gard and NZ rugby did not hire the best QC in Sydney to defend him.

          I don’t think the current solicitor is much chop–his public comment yesterday certainly wasn’t to clever. At times like this, you shut up and not talk about the Abs. He did the opposite. I wonder if AIG has heard about the whole fiasco yet….interesting times…

          • March 22nd 2017 @ 6:52pm
            ClarkeG said | March 22nd 2017 @ 6:52pm | ! Report

            Yes it has. Go back and read the respective articles in this forum. Maybe you didn’t read them all.

            As you said…let’s see.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 22nd 2017 @ 2:48pm
        piru said | March 22nd 2017 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

        These issues have already been addressed and discussed, a quick search should yield the information you need.

    • March 22nd 2017 @ 10:05am
      deanB said | March 22nd 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      As per usual Con’33, your grip on the alternative facts is very, very grippy. Masterfully grippy, even.
      Oh, hang on, are you doing a Parkes and lampooning the situation? Either way, keep up the good work.
      Alternatively yours,
      S. Spicer.

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