Corrections Department quizzed over officer

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:00 21/07/2012

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The Corrections Department is refusing to say if it will investigate a probation officer allegedly telling a man to make sure he does not get caught if he flouts a non-association order.

The situation came to light in the Palmerston North District Court this week during the trial of Lex Arnold Sinclair, who is accused of seriously injuring his grandson.

Sinclair is Khole Buckthought's father. In court, Mr Buckthought was asked by defence lawyer Steve Winter why he was still in contact with the boy, his son, when a probation-imposed non-association order prevented that.

"Probation said if you do have contact with him, make sure you don't get caught," Mr Buckthought said.

He named the probation officer as Dan Wilson and said probation knew he loved his children.

Corrections was asked if it was investigating. A statement from the department said: "Corrections is unable to comment while the matter is before the courts."

The order was imposed in early 2010 when Buckthought was released from prison following a conviction for assaulting the boy's mother.

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- Manawatu Standard

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