Shayne Curry is no longer editor at the Herald on Sunday but his legacy lives on: this week the paper sends two female journalists to interview a disturbed convicted killer in his home (what could go wrong?). Hilarity ensues:
During the interview Kurariki’s behaviour grew increasingly erratic and sexual. The reporter – who recorded much of the discussion – said Kurariki at times became aggressive and started sweating.
Ten minutes after sitting down to speak – during which the framework of the interview was discussed – Kurariki exposed himself to the reporter.
The reporter said that while she remained seated, Kurariki stood before her in an obviously excited state and said: “You two are beautiful women. What will you give me?”
The photographer said she told Kurariki: “We don’t do this. What are you doing?”
The reporter told Kurariki the newspaper did not pay for stories and his behaviour was wrong.
West’s partner arrived at the house, distracting Kurariki and creating an opportunity for the women to leave.
As they left, the photographer said Kurariki groped her.
A non-APN paper might have sent their most menacing-looking male photographer along – but that might not have turned the story into a front page lead for the paper.