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Police updates – Waiinu beach, Pelorus river tragedies, IPCA report findings on Chch arrest

Police updates 7 June 2022 newsPolice updates on crimes and investigations for 7 June 2022.

Police acknowledge IPCA report – Christchurch Central Police Station Holding Cell

Police acknowledges the findings of an Independent Police Conduct Authority report into the use of force by Police staff in a Christchurch Central Police Station holding cell overnight on June 4 2020.

Police initially arrested a man (Mr X) for breaching his bail conditions following a violent incident at his home address and he was taken to a holding cell.

In the early hours of June 5 an officer spoke with Mr X through the cell door before opening the door and standing just inside the cell. The officer had the intention of transferring Mr X to another cell.

Mr X refused to leave the cell and verbally challenged the officer. Fearing he was about to be assaulted, the officer took hold of Mr X around the back of the head and pulled him down to the ground.

During the ensuing scuffle, Mr X grabbed and tightly squeezed the officer’s testicles multiple times. The officer delivered four strikes to Mr X’s head with his forearm or closed fist. Four other officers assisted with restraining Mr X, including one female officer who at one point stood on Mr X’s buttocks.

Mr X was then put in handcuffs and transferred to another cell.

The IPCA found the officer was justified in forcefully removing Mr X from the holding cell and was initially justified in using force to restrain him and protect himself however, his use of force latter in the struggle, targeting Mr X’s head and neck, was unjustified.

It also found the other officer should not have stood on Mr X and that Mr X was not provided necessary medical care in custody.

“This was a situation where a Police staff member had to act quickly to protect himself against a person who was intent on physically, aggressively and repeatedly assaulting him,” says Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price.

“It is always unfortunate when Police find themselves in circumstances where they must resort to using force.”

Police have taken learnings from this incident. These include better planning for a situation where an aggressive person in custody may need to be restrained before being transferred safely to another cell, and the requirement for a person to receive medical treatment despite their refusal to be seen by a doctor.

Name release – Amberley crash

Police can now name the child who died in a crash in Amberley on 5 June.

He was Jurael Tutere Paul Jeffrey Bennett, aged 7, from Christchurch.

Our thoughts are with Jurael’s whānau at this extremely difficult time.

Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Name release – Pelorus River incident

Police can now release the name of the man who died after his vehicle went into the Pelorus River on Thursday 2 June.

He was Samuel David Osborne, 66, of Riversdale.

Police extend their condolences to his family and friends.

His death has been referred to the Coroner.

Missing fisherman, Waiinu Beach

The body of a man has been found this morning near Waiinu Beach, where a fisherman went missing off the rocks on Saturday 4 June.

While formal identification is yet to take place, Police believe the body is likely to be that of the missing man.

Police would like to extend their thanks to everyone who has assisted with the search efforts over the weekend.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.

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