Police officer accused of assault

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 12:17 28/11/2013

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A complaint has been laid against a Queenstown-based police officer regarding an alleged assault in a taxi earlier this month.

The officer, who was on unpaid leave from work for unrelated reasons, is Constable Jenny McNee.

Mrs McNee's lawyer Nic Soper, speaking to The Southland Times today, said the only information he was able to convey was that a complaint was made against his client.

No charges have been laid.

''I have despite requests to the police received no details. I know absolutely nothing about the circumstances relating to the complaint.

''I have requested full information from the police and I have left a number of messages with the officer [investigating].

''She has been advised, I have no idea about how the information that's been provided has got to [the media].

''It's nothing more than a complaint that's being investigated.''

The officer tasked with investigating the complaint has been brought in from another police district.

Mr Soper said his client was not available for comment and it was extremely disappointing that the officer's name and photograph were published earlier today by other media.

The New Zealand Herald reported Otago rural acting area commander Inspector Andrew Burns had confirmed police received a complaint in relation to an alleged assault involving a police constable and a taxi driver in Queenstown.

Comment is being sought from police.

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