Woman charged with assault with deadly weapon after altercation with MP Jacqui Dean
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A woman has been charged after allegedly attempting to run over to Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, pictured, with her car in Oamaru.
An Oamaru woman faces assault charge with a deadly weapon after she allegedly tried to run over National Congressman Jacqui Dean with her car earlier this week.
The woman is scheduled to appear in Oamaru District Court on December 15.
Dean, the Member of Parliament for Waitaki, was not injured but was reportedly scared by the incident, which took place on Monday morning.
The alleged assault allegedly took place after an incident involving the woman’s dog and Dean’s dog.
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Dean declined to comment as the case is now in court.
The alleged aggression is not thought to be politically motivated.
The incident came days after Judith Collins demoted National MP Simon Bridges over a comment he made to Dean at an event five years ago, which led to the elimination of Collins as leader of the National Party.
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On Monday afternoon, Dean posted a brief statement on Facebook claiming that she had no intention of the past issue being “put in the spotlight like it was.”
“I took no pleasure in being caught up in what was a political power game that distracted attention from the important issues of the day,” she wrote.