Suppression for officer's discharge hearing

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 14:06 13/01/2014

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A judge will give her decision on Friday on whether a discharge without conviction should be granted for a long-serving police officer who has admitted failing to handle $2750 in cash properly.

The 63-year-old former officer has admitted a representative charge of theft by a person in a special relationship by accepting cash payments from 12 people - money that was legitimately handed to the police - and then not dealing with the cash "in accordance with requirements of the Commissioner of Police".

The man has had name suppression throughout the court process, and the nature of his job at the police station cannot be published because of the suppression order. He is no longer a member of the police force.

Today's disputed facts hearing went ahead before Judge Jane Farish in the Christchurch District Court over defence applications for a discharge and final name suppression. The Crown disputes the grounds on which the defence is making these applications, and is calling evidence from five witnesses.

At the start of the hearing, Judge Farish told the media that interim suppression orders already in place were continued and no reporting would be allowed of the evidence at the hearing, or the legal discussions, until she had made her determination.

After hearing the evidence from all the witnesses today, and receiving written submissions from the Crown and defence, Judge Farish reserved her decision which she will give at 10am on Friday.

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