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Banks assures self that this will just make for great scene in inevitable musical about him

Banks asked media to note, when writing their stories, that Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King all spent time in jail at one point in their lives.

Banks asked media to note, when writing their stories, that Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King all spent time in jail at one point in their lives.

Former ACT Party leader and Auckland Mayor John Banks was found guilty this afternoon on charges of filing a false electoral return, but sources close to the embattled MP say he is taking it in his stride, reassuring himself the verdict and subsequent sentence will simply act as a harrowing, sympathetic mid-chapter in the inevitable musical he believes will be made about his life.

Earlier this afternoon, Justice Edwin Wylie delivered his verdict to a packed courtroom, saying that while he wasn’t convinced that a donation made to Banks’ Auckland mayoral campaign by SkyCity was filed incorrectly, he was satisfied by the evidence that suggested Banks had deliberately tried to conceal the source of two separate donations from internet mogul Kim Dotcom.

John Banks’ lawyer, David Jones, QC, said the ACT Party MP was “devastated” by the verdict, but was maintaining a positive long-term outlook on the situation.

“What John said to me, and I think what we all believe, is that yes, this looks quite bad now, but down the road, when all is said and done, these will be the darkest, most harrowing moments of what will ultimately be a triumphant tale, set to a symphony orchestra, performed on Broadway and around the world.”

Jones said that this trial and subsequent hardship would likely appear in the third quarter of the musical, just prior to the final act, where Banks is vindicated, celebrated as a hero, and goes on to become “President of the World.”

As Banks left the court room this afternoon, he was heard singing to himself lines to the acclaimed 1978 musical Evita, and at one point, according to one witness, remarked that the “cold never bothered me anyway.”

Speaking to media briefly after the verdict, Banks said he felt it would not taint his legacy, noting that the late Nelson Mandela spent time in prison “at one point or another,” and that this was more or less “the same.”

“There’s a wonderful 1930s song, Onto every life some rain must fall,” said Banks. “We were hoping it would become a very sunny day, but unfortunately, for me, the rain’s still falling.”

It was pointed out to Banks by a nearby reporter that, at the time he left the courtroom, the sun was shining, “actually quite brightly.”