15 Jan 2014

Prosecutor sentenced over drug charges

8:16 pm on 15 January 2014

A police prosecutor who posted videos of himself online is likely to face a lawyer's disciplinary tribunal after receiving court fines for drug use.

Police raided Brent Thomson's home in west Auckland after receiving an anonymous letter which pointed to videos of the 49-year-old doing drugs. They found a small amount of methamphetamine and numerous syringes.

On Wednesday, Thomson appeared at the Waitakere District Court where Judge Heemi Taumanu rejected a bid by his lawyer, Mark Manhire, for a discharge without conviction.

Judge Taumanu found that, regardless of a conviction, Thomson would lose his job with the police and is likely to face disciplinary action by the law society. He fined Thomson $150 for each of the three charges and ordered him to pay court costs of $130.

Thompson will have convictions entered on his criminal record for using cannabis and methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine.

He has said he will not oppose the police process which will see him lose his job. He had worked in the family violence and the drug and alcohol courts.

Documents before the court show that Thompson has been drug-free for 108 days and is attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings daily. He plans to study for a doctorate on the protection of children.