Police officer resigns after assault

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 11:40 22/01/2013

Relevant offers

Hawke's Bay

Detroit v Wellington: who'll get Shakespeare's container Globe first? Man jumps from truck before it hits bank and rolls More than 1000 Hawke's Bay, Wellington and Hutt Valley patients affected by strike action Police seize more than 900 cannabis plants from East Coast bush Car set on fire beside busy Hawke's Bay road Hawke's Bay priest likens church's action after affairs to Donald Trump Changeable Wellington weather set to continue through to Anniversary Weekend Police name couple as investigations continue into deaths in Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay Danielle McLaughlin: Youthful Obama vows to fight on for American values Houses evacuated after digger hits gas main in Pahiatua

A police officer who assaulted a woman who accused her of snorting drugs in a rugby club toilet cubicle has resigned from the force.

Hawke's Bay constable Mikayla Paul, 23, was found guilty of assault at a defended hearing last month. She was off-duty and intoxicated at the time of the assault.

A police spokeswoman said Paul had resigned ''recently''.

Victim Lisa O'Connor was in the women's toilets of the Napier Marist Old Boys clubrooms on the night of June 2 when she heard women speaking angrily in the disabled toilet cubicle. They were talking about "smacking someone over the head".

She also heard them snorting something and waited outside the cubicle to confront them. She said they became aggressive, denied snorting drugs and told her that if she said anything to anyone, they would smash her.

Later in the evening, club patrons got on a bus to go to the Thirsty Whale bar in Napier.

Several witnesses gave accounts of an altercation between Paul and Ms O'Connor on the bus, but Judge Josephine Bouchier favoured the evidence of bus driver Willy Walker, because others had been drinking. 
A charge against Paul's friend Alanah White, 22, was dismissed.

Paul's lawyer, Jonathan Krebs, applied for a discharge without conviction. The judge will issue her decision in March.

Mr Krebs' application for interim name suppression, opposed by police, was also declined by the judge.

Paul has two previous convictions while in the police force.

In February 2010 she was disqualified from driving after pleading guilty to a charge of careless driving.

In November the same year she was sentenced to 60 hours' community work after pleading guilty to driving outside the limits of a limited licence. Paul has been a police officer since mid-2008.

Contact Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: marty.sharpe@dompost.co.nz

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content