Top cop Mark Gutry quits ahead of hearing

TOP COP: Counties Manukau Detective Inspector Mark Gutry.
TOP COP: Counties Manukau Detective Inspector Mark Gutry.

A high-ranking police officer who was investigated after an allegation of rape has quit.

Mark Gutry today resigned from his position as detective inspector at Counties Manukau police.

Gutry, who is married with children, was accused of the sexual offence last year.

A decision was made last month not to charge Gutry due to insufficient evidence, but he still faced an internal employment investigation.

His lawyer, Todd Simmonds, confirmed Gutry handed in his resignation today.

Simmonds declined to comment on the reasons for the resignation.

Gutry, who led several high-profile homicide inquiries, had been told to remain away from work until a code of conduct investigation had concluded.

The complainant - who contacted police 10 months ago - said she met Gutry nearly four years ago when she was working as a prostitute.

She alleged Gutry initially visited her as a client. He paid for sex while he was working, which was a breach of police rules.

The rape allegation related to August 2010.

Gutry initially continued working after the allegations emerged, but was stood down after Christmas last year. 

Alan Boreham, Upper North assistant police commissioner, confirmed Gutry's resignation was effective from today.

It followed an employment investigation into allegations he breached the Police code of conduct, Boreham said.

"Given Mr Gutry's resignation, that investigation is now at an end."

Fairfax Media