Suppression for officer's discharge hearing

Last updated 14:06 13/01/2014

Relevant offers


Kidnapping suspect Anaru Rangihuna 'armed and dangerous' Dad warned children may see him as ‘a terrorist’ Alleged dangerous driving tourist honeymooner arrested in Queenstown Car rolls in Rarangi, Marlborough Teen tells police how 'crazy' his dangerous driving had been Serco-run Wiri prison towards bottom of Corrections prison rankings Lack of tyre gives away drink driving Bathurst fan Murder trial unable to start after people ignore jury summons Man admits tagging election and road signs across Marlborough Armed police called to 'fluid situation' in Dunedin

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content