Thursday, May 05, 2005

Dewar appears in court

Newstalk ZB
May 5 2005
Dewar appears in court

The officer who first investigated complaints against police by Rotorua woman Louise Nicholas, is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Former senior detective John Dewar appeared in the Hamilton District Court today on four counts of attempting to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice.

Assistant Commissioner Clint Rickards and former policemen Bob Schollum and Brad Shipton have been charged over the Louise Nicholas matter.

Dewar, who was chief inspector of the Rotorua CIB when Mrs Nicholas went to police in 1993, allegedly told her not to make a complaint.

A subsequent Police Complaints Authority investigation into Dewar's handling of the case cleared him of any crime or disciplinary offence, but said he showed lack of judgement and competence.