Com­plaint laid against po­lice

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A Mt Roskill man has laid a for­mal com­plaint against po­lice af­ter be­ing ar­rested in his home ear­lier this month.

Sha­neel Sharan says he was watch­ing a DVD and drink­ing with fam­ily when four po­lice of­fi­cers knocked on the door at 4.30am.

The of­fi­cers told him they had been tipped off that he was as­sault­ing his wife.

Mr Sharan says his wife Jan­ice Vir woke up and came out to see what was go­ing on.

An of­fi­cer told her there had been a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence com­plaint.

Mrs Vir told po­lice noth­ing had hap­pened, but an­other of­fi­cer told Mr Sharan he was be­ing ar­rested for as­sault­ing him.

Mr Sharan, his brother-in-law and his wife’s cousin were ar­rested and held overnight.

The two men were charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Noreen Hegarty says po­lice were called to at­tend a fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

“The vic­tim in this mat­ter had gone into the ad­dress ac­com­pa­nied by those who were re­port­edly as­sault­ing her.

“By the time po­lice ar­rived and there were con­cerns for her safety.

“This was based on the wit­ness re­ports from the scene.”

Po­lice were not given ac­cess to the prop­erty to de­ter­mine the well- be­ing of the vic­tim so made a forced en­try and ar­rests fol­lowed, she says.

“Be­cause there has been a com­plaint about po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Con­duct Author­ity, there is noth­ing more we can say at this stage.”

Mr Sharan pleaded not guilty to as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and re­sist­ing ar­rest in the Auck­land Dis­trict Court on Mon­day and is due to ap­pear in court again on June 30.

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