Hutt officer on assault charges

Last updated 07:17 09/01/2013

Relevant offers

Hutt Valley

A man has died while arguing with a shop owner in Lower Hutt Susan Austen in court on euthanasia drug charges Moderate 4.8 earthquake strikes Wellington Vacant HNZ land looks set to dominate Hutt South election Explore Indian culture at Petone's food fiesta Design changes delay $12 million Lower Hutt hotel English and Coleman celebrate year-long Govt sports programme in Upper Hutt New emergency transition house opens in Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae Sawdust-like material washing up on Petone Beach Historic Upper Hutt home for sale offering tea and tranquility

A Lower Hutt police officer has been charged with assault after allegedly using his baton to protect himself from attackers, The New Zealand Herald has reported.

The incident, before Christmas, was believed to have happened when the officer attended an incident alone and was set upon by a group at the scene.

Extensive suppression orders mean the officer cannot be identified, but police spokesman Nick Bohm confirmed the assault charge had been laid.

''When it is necessary to use force, constables must, according to the law, use only reasonable force,'' Mr Bohm told the Herald.

''This includes force that is necessary and proportionate, given all the circumstances known at the time.''

Police would also conduct their own investigation.

The officer will appear in court again later this year.

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