Christchurch man arrested for Facebook post
Last updated 12:55, January 18 2016
Eight people have been charged under section 22 of the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
A Christchurch man has been arrested and charged with posting an abusive Facebook message.
The charge was laid under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, passed by Parliament last year, and carries maximum penalties of two years' jail or a $50,000 fine.
Henare Pera Hohaia, a 27-year-old Hornby man, entered no plea when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Monday.
He was remanded on bail to February 9 with conditions that he live at a specified address, not contact the woman complainant, and not access any computer or Internet-capable device.
Hohaia has been charged that on Saturday he posted a message on Facebook with intent that it cause harm to a woman, where it would cause harm to "an ordinary reasonable person".
The charge says that posting the message caused "serious emotional harm" to the victim.
Eight people have been charged under section 22 of the Harmful Digital Communications Act, which came into force in July, police said.
Of those, two have been convicted and sentenced – one was jailed for four months, while the other was sentenced to three months community detention and 200 hours community work.