De­tec­tive re­ceives top po­lice hon­our

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Lau­rilee McMichael

A Taupo¯-based de­tec­tive has re­ceived one of Po­lice’s high­est hon­ours — a Com­mis­sioner’s Com­men­da­tion — from Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush.

The Com­men­da­tion was awarded to De­tec­tive Sergeant Andy Liv­ing­stone at a Po­lice pre­sen­ta­tion on Tues­day morn­ing for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment to Op­er­a­tion Spring, the re-in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Lundy mur­ders.

Mark Lundy, who was orig­i­nally con­victed of the 2001 mur­ders of wife Christine and daugh­ter Am­ber, had his con­vic­tion quashed by the Privy Coun­cil in 2013, which or­dered a re-trial. Mr Liv­ing­stone, who was then based in Palmerston North, was on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion team that had to re­build the case against Lundy. Lundy was found guilty again at the re­trial.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Gary Mil­li­gan of Palmerston North Po­lice, who pre­sented the com­men­da­tion to Mr Liv­ing­stone said staff work­ing on the rein­ves­ti­ga­tion were un­der pres­sure to get it right and praised the work Mr Liv­ing­stone had put in.

“The whole case was com­pletely stripped bare, taken back to the bare bones and com­pletely rein­ves­ti­gated, all the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence was reeval­u­ated with an end re­sult that we were all very proud of.

“You can be very proud of this com­men­da­tion and the New Zealand Po­lice share your pride, but the achieve­ment is all yours,” Mr Mil­li­gan said.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Mr Liv­ing­stone said while the mur­ders were a tragic event, it was a priv­i­lege to work with the fam­ily. He said the com­men­da­tion was a team award and also ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of his fam­ily dur­ing the en­quiry and re­trial as well as his man­agers in Palmerston North.

Photo / Lau­rilee McMichael

De­tec­tive Sergeant Andy Liv­ing­stone (right) re­ceived a Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s Com­men­da­tion for his work rein­ves­ti­gat­ing the Lundy mur­ders. De­tec­tive Sergeant Gary Mil­li­gan is at left.

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