26 Feb 2015

Constables cleared after giving false evidence

10:06 pm on 26 February 2015

Two constables who gave false evidence against a man accused of assaulting police officers have been cleared after a criminal inquiry.

Wellington central police station.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The pair were under investigation for an incident three years ago in which a Timaru man, Troy Reuben, was tasered and pepper-sprayed in front of his partner and children.

An Independent Police Conduct report last year found the officers gave evidence about the case which they knew to be wrong.

It said that was done with the approval of at least two senior officers and the police prosecutor.

In a statement, the police said a thorough investigation has been carried out, which found there was no attempt by the constables to deliberately produce inaccurate notes.

They said the pair didn't deliberately try to mislead the court by giving false evidence.

When asked about investigations into the other officers, a spokesperson said the police had nothing further to add.