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Webster v NZ Police [2019] NZHC 1335

13 June 2019


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Mr Colin Webster was convicted of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty and possessing an offensive weapon, after calling Police to his home for assistance in dealing with his methamphetamine-addicted son. The appeal of both convictions is upheld. The police officer was not lawfully on Mr Webster's property and, therefore, was not in the execution of his duty. And the evidence does not sustain Mr Webster intending to use a metal pole to cause bodily injury or having no reasonable excuse to hold it. Accordingly, there was a miscarriage of justice and both convictions are quashed.

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