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The security guard received 37 criminal charges in Australia before moving to New Zealand and receiving a security certificate. (File photo)
A security guard has been stripped of his license after being convicted three times while holding a license – 37 other charges he had previously received, including two convictions, have also come to light.
Leigh Elliot has been stripped of his Certificate of Approval (COA) to be a crowd controller and personal and property guard by the Private Security Personal Licensing Authority after police lodged a complaint.
In a May 26 ruling, Elliot was convicted of breach of a protective order and possession of methamphetamine. He also received warnings for possession of drugs and weapons while he had the COA.
However, Elliot, who came to New Zealand in 2017, had also received 37 charges in Australia, including convictions for assault in 2016 and dishonesty in 2014.
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These two convictions should have prevented him from holding a license in the first place.
Elliot did not attend the hearing to defend himself and made no submissions, so his certificate was canceled with immediate effect at the hearing.
The Department of Justice has been approached to comment on how Elliot was able to receive the COA after receiving the two convictions in Australia.
The ministry houses the authority, however, he waited for the allotted time to say he had no response.
The authority also stripped a Black Power-linked security guard of his license after a workplace wait that included threatening to kill a worker and grumbling at her when he tried to get a pay rise vacation.
Ereisky Lafaele was a known associate of the gang and “collects Black Power debts using overreach tactics,” the May 20 ruling said.
In April, two patched Black Power members were deemed fit to hold security guard licenses, despite objections from police and an employer.
In two separate rulings, the PSPLA said there was “no real conflict” for two different patched Black Power members to hold security certificates.