'Wronged' man to complain

19:00, Nov 21 2012

A Blenheim man arrested in a case of mistaken identity last week says he has spoken to a lawyer about taking a case against police.

Vaiola Fuapau was arrested on a warrant and held in police cells for two nights on November 10 and 11 after his nephew gave police false details.

Police are searching for Mr Fuapau's nephew, Siale Afuhia Fuapau, who has been charged with entering a building with intent to commit a crime and resisting police. Immigration New Zealand also have a deportation order for Siale Fuapau, who has been illegally in New Zealand since 2002.

Speaking yesterday, Tasman police district communications manager Barbara Dunn said police were still looking for Siale Fuapau.

She could not comment on the situation with Vaiola Fuapau, including whether they would apologise to him, she said.

Vaiola Fuapau said yesterday he had not been talking to police since November 14 when they visited his house to find out if he had any information on where his nephew was.

However, he said he was working with lawyer Rob Harrison to take a complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.