Policemen sacked over Kiwi death

Last updated 10:19 07/02/2013
Hans Dalton
HANS DALTON: Found dead in a prison cell in Samoa.

Relevant offers

National News

Hotel worker sacked over abusive Facebook post to columnist Southland man loses $100,000 in internet dating scam, police warn people to be careful Beware the risks of going guarantor on someone else's loan Man killed, 20 injured in terrorism preparedness drill at Kenyan university Chris Cairns trial: 'I'm off for a beer', not guilty Chris Cairns puts trial in his wake International Cricket Council admits to Nigel Llong's Hot Spot error Man seriously injured in shot put at Auckland athletics event Crew and faulty part blamed for AirAsia crash into Java Sea that killed 162 Chris Cairns trial: Brendon McCullum won't be commenting, says lawyer Outrage over child internet porn discharge without conviction for father-of-two

Two policemen have been fired over the death of a New Zealander who was found dead in a Samoan prison cell with his head in a 44-gallon (166 litre) drum of water.

Police initially ruled that Hans Dalton had taken his own life at Tafa'igata Prison outside of Apia on Boxing Day.

But late last month police charged a prisoner, Jonathan Patrick Crichton, 21, with his murder.

Crichton was yet to enter a plea, but earlier this month Crichton was sentenced to life for killing a taxi driver at gunpoint last year.

He will appear in court again next week over Dalton's death.

Dalton, who suffered from poor mental health, was in jail when he was killed because police needed to restrain him when they say he became violent.

The Samoa Observer reported today that two police constables had been sacked and another could lose his job following an internal investigation.

Assistant Police Commissioner Le'aupepe Fatu Pula declined to reveal the names of the officers, but he said they were found guilty of "neglect of duty in relation to Dalton's murder".

"They pleaded guilty and were charged under the Police Tribunal when they appeared in front of the Commissioner," said Le'aupepe.

"They have been dismissed."

Another officer is awaiting his fate pending a decision from the Police Tribunal in relation to Dalton's case.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content