November 29, 2017
Lore vital for kidnap case defence
Police Inspector Hurimoana Dennis says his trial on a charge of kidnapping has been humbling, and he’s relieved at the outcome.
An Auckland High Court jury yesterday found Mr Dennis and his colleague Sergeant Vaughn Perry not guilty of the charges, which were brought after the pair staged a mock arrest in an attempt to persuade a 17 year-old boy to break off his relationship with a 15 year old girl.
He says the jury system worked as it was supposed to, and he praised the judge, the crown prosecutor, and his defence team for approaching the trial in a fair and constructive manner.
"Stephen Bonnar and Kathryn Maxwell built a robust defence for me and my family and they provided a safe and respectful landing point for the lore, for our tikanga in the house of the law and that is ground breaking for me when it comes to criminal law," Mr Dennis says.
He is still waiting to hear whether he will be reinstated to his position, but in the meantime he is busy with his mahi as chair of Te Puea Marae trying to house homeless whanau.
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