Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Victim Seeks Justice From The Grave - Peters

Media Release
30 March 2005

Victim Seeks Justice From The Grave - Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters today demanded answers from the Police Minister on the events surrounding the death of a man following an altercation with an off duty police officer in Auckland last November.

Michael Famodun, 33, who died last month, left a detailed account of how he was assaulted in the Countdown car park in Lynnfield by a police officer who objected to him using a space set aside for the disabled.

“Mr Famodun had earlier that day been released from Auckland Hospital where he had been treated for a chronic long term illness,” said Mr Peters.

“He claims to have been assaulted by the police officer, who was not in uniform at the time, and when he tried to get medical help the officer accused him of trickery.”

Mr Peters, who raised the issue in Parliament, said an ambulance had to be called by Mr Famodun’s cousin, who was with him at the time, and he was also assisted by passers-by.

“Mr Famodun later died. The family have lodged a complaint with the Police Complaints Authority. In my opinion, this is a very serious case.

“A situation involving a police officer got totally out of control and it appears that the victim’s plight was ignored in the most callous way.

“A full, thorough and urgent explanation from the Minister and Commissioner is called for to restore public confidence,” said Mr Peters.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election