Martin Kay, Ian Steward and Tracy Watkins report on a political scandal in New Zealand involving ACT MP David Garrett. Among the other concerns about his past, it turns out the MP is an identity thief, having used the identity of a dead baby to get a passport. He claims that he was inspired by reading the novel Day of the Jackal and wanted to see if it could be done.
Mr Garrett, who was about 26 when he got the passport, said he regarded the crime at the time as a “harmless prank”, but now realised the hurt it had caused the boy’s family.
“To this day, I cannot explain the rationale behind my actions, except to say I was simply curious to see whether such a thing could be done.
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