Grandmother client 64 is charged with assault using a car as a weapon to assault a law enforcement officer and failing to remain stopped, failing to provide particulars and refusing to accompany.
In addition, she was issued with infringement notices for traffic charges of: failing to giveaway entering a roundabout and failing to indicate a left turn at a roundabout.
Police office alleged client drove into his leg and dragged him alongside the vehicle with his arm caught in the window and thereafter gave pursuit in his car.
As part of his criminal defence, Paul called a mechanic to the stand who explains the physical impossibility of such an event, with a window-auto-retracting safety feature on the particular model of car the client was driving. Paul's intimate knowledge of NZ police protocols identify further procedural errors and information gaps such as his client drove straight to the police station 900m away.
Paul represented his client at the Manukau District Court where she was acquitted on assault with a weapon and all other charges were withdrawn.
Following further negotiations, the police reimbursed the fine she had already paid and agreed to cancel the other infringement notices.
Criminal Law in NZ
Paul Barrowclough is a criminal lawyer in Auckland representing criminal law and employment law clients in New Zealand.