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Monday, April 26, 2010

Tick, tick, tick

Cops investigated over assault
Three police officers have been stood down after being reported by their colleagues for an alleged assault on a prisoner in a cellblock. A sergeant and two constables from West Auckland are off work while the incident is investigated. The Herald on Sunday understands members of the sergeant's section approached Waitakere police managers after the recent incident at the Henderson station. They were apparently concerned about the actions of the sergeant. As a result of investigations, two constables were also stood down.

I wonder how many former private security service staff have joined the Police force since returning from Iraq?


At 26/4/10 12:17 pm, Anonymous Sarah said...


At 26/4/10 10:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah the cops are brutal, in Hamilton they regularly rough up some poor drunken schmucks for no reason at all. They do it, cos they can get away with it! (most of the time)

At 26/4/10 10:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know and who are you Sarah?

At 26/4/10 10:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of weeks ago there was a mention of a cop who had been beaten in the street by a crowd of youths, what wasn't reported was that two cops were smashing a teenager senseless with their batons and this inflamed a crowd who turned on the cops -resulting in a bruised and beaten cop. Why wasn't the whole story mentioned in the mainstream media I wonder? Sympathy for a poor boy policeman?

At 27/4/10 8:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless they have been found guilty of anything, they are to be presumed innocent.

Right-wing knee jerk reactions that way------>

At 27/4/10 12:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've kept this one quiet.

I never raped anyone, former officer tells jury


A former Rotorua police officer denied raping a 17-year-old Rotorua teen in her flat 21 years ago but could not rule out a brief sexual encounter, a court has been told. Iosefa Fiaola told a jury in Tauranga District Court yesterday that he did not know the woman who alleged she was raped in her flat in 1989.

Fiaola pleaded not guilty to sexual violation by rape between June and December 1989 at the complainant's two-bedroom flat in James St.

Giving evidence as a defence witness, Fiaola, now 45, said he did not recall ever meeting the complainant or having sex with her, the court was told.

Asked if there was an "opportunistic culture" among Rotorua policemen to follow up details of young women, Fiaola said he did not know if it was part of the culture "but it happened on occasions".

Fiaola was a constable at Rotorua police station at the time. He retired in 2005 and now lives in Queensland with his family and manages a warehouse.

The complainant, now 38, gave evidence alleging Fiaola got into bed with her and forced himself on her to have sex without her consent. She told the court the accused was part of an outer circle of friends but she did not like him.

She said she "buried" the incident and did not tell anyone about the incident until 17 years later when she went to counselling on other aspects of her life and was encouraged to make a complaint to police in 2006.

She said she was angry because the sex was non-consensual.

"I felt it was no point in telling anyone at the time because he was a policeman and it was his word against mine. I wasn't sure my friends would support me."

In evidence under examination by defence lawyer Rachael Adams, Fiaola said he did not recognise the complainant, recall meeting her, or going to her flat.

"I have no recollection of the incident at all dating back 21 years.

"I can't discount a brief sexual encounter but I don't recall the incident she has described. I absolutely deny it. I have never ever forced myself on a woman.

"I have never raped anyone and completely deny the allegations she has made."

Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Greg Hollister-Jones, Fiaola said he did not remember the complainant but if the allegation did happen it occurred by consent.

Earlier, Crown witness Joanne Membery, a friend and flatmate of the complainant in the flat where the incident allegedly occurred, described Fiaola as "arrogant, aggressive, and full of himself".

Mrs Membery gave evidence she once found Fiaola asleep in her own bed.

The trial continues this morning with Ms Adams calling two defence witnesses, both senior policemen, and former colleagues of Fiaola.

Judge Robert Wolff is presiding and the jury consists of nine men and three women.

At 27/4/10 2:44 pm, Anonymous JP said...

Because anyone who knew a little about the NZ Police would know about the ongoing disagreement between the Police association and the bosses about recruitment policy in this area. It's already difficult to get recruited if you have been a member of the armed services or similar. And if you've served in an "operational" environment (like Iraq) then they will turn you down flat.

Now that might be quite a good policy if you agree with Bomber's steriotypical notions about private contractors in Iraq. But it also rules out capable people from the NZ army who might have done a short peacekeeping stint in Timor or the Solomons. Ironically the NZ Police sends its members to the latter on a regular basis.

At 28/4/10 7:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good on the colleagues reporting it.


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