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Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Allegation that Police in the Counties/Manukau District assaulted a man and his partner

The Authority oversaw a Police investigation into a complaint where it was alleged that Police in the Counties/Manukau District assaulted a man and his partner during a bail check. There was a further allegation that false information was recorded on the Police 'Opposition to Bail' form which resulted in the complainant's partner being remanded in custody.

Police conducted a criminal and employment investigation and the complainant's partner acknowledged he had assaulted the officer and was subsequently convicted of assault. The witness statements taken did not support the allegation that the complainant was assaulted during her partner's arrest so no further action was taken.

While incorrect information had been recorded on an Opposition to Bail form, it was clear from the ruling that the incorrect information had not been influential in the Magistrate's decision-making, and the decision to remand the complainant's partner in custody was sound. However; Police agree any error in these documents is serious, and the matter has been addressed with the officers involved.

The Authority agreed the approach taken by Police was appropriate.

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