Parliament

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

 

Police Short on Money So Court Case Dropped

Darroch Ball MP

New Zealand First List MP

Based in Palmerston North
19 MAY 2017

Police Short on Money So Court Case Dropped

The victim of a life-threatening hunting injury in Masterton believes charges have been withdrawn because there’s no money for expert evidence, says New Zealand First.

“It’s appalling that National has so under-funded police that offenders are getting off scot free,” says Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP Based in Palmerston North.

“A man was charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury but today in Palmerston North District Court the police were forced to pull the case because of lack of evidence.

“Before the court hearing the victim was told by prosecution services that ‘even if there was an expert there is no money in the Police budget to retain an expert because the Police have a limited budget, they have to allocate priorities in terms of the use of ESR. That budget has been spent already on the homicides that have occurred in the Central District and it was spent three to four months before the year end’.

“How many victims have been told their case won’t go ahead because there is no money to do it?

“The police have their hands tied if they can’t get expert evidence to take a case to court,” says Mr Ball.

“This was a serious charge, the case has been dropped. This sends a message that the police can’t do their job.

“Police Minister Paula Bennett must take this up immediately.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election