Homicide trial and result

Homicide trial and result

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Congratulations to Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson and the Operation Kingswood team that investigated the March 2013 murder of roadside worker George Taiaroa.

The offender was last week sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. This will bring some resolution to George’s whānau.

This result is down to the thorough and painstaking work put in by Tim’s team, and the sentencing judge praised their investigation as meticulous, patient and in accordance with the highest standards of policing.

I’d also like to acknowledge the work done by the team that investigated the sexual assault of a woman in her Porirua home in June. The offender in this case was sentenced this week to 11 years 6 months’ jail.

The investigation team responded quickly and professionally to bring this offender to justice, and Detective Nicola Holroyd went the extra mile to support the victim during a very traumatic time. This result would have done a lot to reassure the community about our ability to keep them safe and our empathy for victims.

Fatal Air Accident

Our thoughts are with the families of the two men who died in the plane crash near Gisborne on Monday morning. My thanks to all Police staff involved in locating and retrieving the bodies and other aspects of the response to this tragedy.

The crash caused power to be cut off in the Gisborne district for two days, and Tairawhiti Area staff did an awesome job of keeping their community safe and reassured.

It was great to see the way the public looked after each other during this time. A very small number of people took advantage of the disruption and lack of power to commit crime, however the community can be assured that we’re working hard to hold these offenders to account.

Congratulations, Grant

Congratulations to Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls, who has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Australia’s Northern Territory Police.

Grant has been on secondment to Northern Territory since earlier this year and he will bring a wealth of experience and some great personal traits to the unique and often challenging Northern Territory environment.

Grant’s made a terrific contribution during his 31 years with us, and he’ll be very much missed. I’m sure all staff join me in wishing him all the best for the future.

Until next time, stay safe.

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