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Jeremy Lightfoot - another import with accountability issues

Corrections National Commissioner Jeremy Lightfoot – another import with accountability issues

It is inarguable that the Department of Corrections is one of the most dysfunctional of our Government agencies and with alarming regularity we are seeing astonishing examples of this.  The recent inquest in to the death of Jai Davis gave the public a rare insight in to the levels of incompetence and attitudes that dominate the ranks of Corrections staff.  That any one person could have such disrespect for human life, but that the entire Department of Corrections has this attitude something that should be of deep concern to us all.  All credit to Roger Brooking for not letting Corrections, police and IPCA bury this as they had wished to.

Some of what came out at that inquest was frightening.  A corrections officer with 22 years experience admitting that she did not know that a medical officer was a doctor would be astonishing in any other agency but typical within Corrections.  Records being falsified, staff refusing to give evidence at the inquest because they might incriminate themselves.  The litany of medical and custodial incompetence goes beyond poor training and education and speaks to the core problems and attitudes that have dominated Corrections for decades.  As long as the utterly biased Corrections Inspectorate is permitted to continue its existence and indulge in systemic whitewashing of legitimate complaints there will be no accountability and this sort of thing will continue to happen.  Perhaps they think that killing off the inmate population is the key to reducing re-offending.

Chris "I'm as honest as the day is long" Yearwood

Chris “I’m as honest as the day is long” Yarwood

Those bad attitudes are not confined to the jailors and can also be found alive and well within the ranks of probation staff.  One of the worst offices in the country is Feilding where incompentent and dishonest people who would never be employed elsewhere hide behind the guise of being human beings.

Unable to attract or hold on to staff there has been a subtle move to import staff from the UK.  In one office alone we find two examples of people with bad attitudes and Chris Yarwood, a retired detective from the UK tells everyone he meets that he is “as honest as the day is long”.  Such self professed honesty is akin to second hand car dealer John who feels the need to call himself “Honest John’s Car Sales”.  Yarwood is in fact as bent as they come and brings to the job of Service Manager at Napier Probation a serious attitude problem that reflects down the ranks.

Paul Grundy - epitomizes everything that's wrong with Corrections

Paul Grundy – epitomizes everything that’s wrong with Corrections

Working under Yarwood’s management is another UK import and British Army reject Paul Grundy.  The only language Grundy knows is confrontation and disrespect.  He is lazy and only does the minimum of work to keep ahead of the pack, this is reflected in some of the reports he writes.  For example some months ago he wrote a brief report on an address in rural Hawke’s Bay, purporting that the property was unsuitable for electronic monitoring because there was no Vodafone signal.  However when a local lawyer and technician went out to the property this claim proved to be entirely false.  Another reflection of the inaccurate reports that probation staff so frequently place before the courts.

As long as the Department of Corrections is littered with such human garbage and limited intellect staff management will continue to devote a disproportionate amount of time and energy in to covering up the consequences that these staff create on an almost daily basis.

All those named in this article were invited to comment but have not done so.

Gutter Journalisim 101

Marty Sharpe - cop lover

Marty Sharpe – cop lover

Hurley – sucks more than just eggs

Anyone who has sat in the same court room as Dompost’s Marty Sharpe and Hawke’s Bay Today’s Sam Hurley could be forgiven for wondering if they had dreamed it all when they get to read what these bastions of journalism write in their respective publications.  Sharpe is so under the control of his cop mates that he will do anything to keep on side with them, even to the extent of forsaking a lead story.

At a recent trial kidnapping and blackmail trial in the Napier District Court that ran for a week, there was not a journalist to be seen.  Normally a trial of this nature and magnitude would have the local journalists falling all over themselves trying to get a story in small town Napier, even if they have to embellish or change the facts to make it interesting.

What was so different about this trial?  The police’s star witness was former Hawke’s Bay man Brent Willis AKA Brent Tomich AKA Alan Davidson, now in hiding in Hamilton.  During the course of his evidence in this trial Willis admitted being a fraudster and a liar and pimp, yet police have never charged him with anything.  Why you might well ask.  Because Brent Willis is a long term police informant and his masters will do anything to protect that asset, even going so far as to bring false charges and then perjure themselves to get a conviction.  Police have long been turning a blind eye to Willis’ activities including ripping off old people and defrauding WINZ.

Meantime you have got Detective Mike Signal the police officer in charge of the case sleeping with one of Willis’ hookers who now calls herself Shantell Parnz Khorus on Facebook but in real life is Shantell Pihama, and openly doing deals over televisions and other goodies in order to keep her on side.   Yet where were our two erstwise journalists during all this?  Doing the bidding of the cop mates and keeping well away.

Conversely these two bottom feeders Sharpe and Hurley will publish factually distorted and police biased articles at the bidding of police.   Often these pieces of journalistic fiction are so far from the truth that the authors are the subject of public chastisement.  In the cowardly fashion that each is so expert at they blame each other.  Hurley’s catch phrase is “Don’t blame me, Marty told me to do it!”

Sharpe is the sort of bottom feeder who is so intent on keeping his police masters feeding him propaganda that his warped mind considers to be a good story, that he continually writes pro police drivel and expects the reading public to believe it is fact.  This is the sort of person who will read other people’s bank information whilst standing at an ATM.  So if you see Sharpe around town make sure he is not looking over your shoulder next time you go to the ATM.

Hurley is a wanna be journalist who, not long out of nappies, will do anything to get a story.  He doesn’t care about the accuracy or the consequences of what he writes.  His infantile mind seems to have convinced him that writing fiction and by so doing ruining people’s lives is the way to climb ths slippery pole.

One of Hurley’s favorite tricks is to try and support popularity for his articles by citing numbers of supporters from the Hawke’s Bay Today Facebook Page.  When in reality these statistics are so utterly manipulated that they have no semblance to reality at all.  Any comments posted on the Hawke’s Bay Today Facebook page that do not meet the editorial agenda are quickly deleted.  In this article Hurley has manufactured a story by leading readers to believe that their Facebook page was overflowing with adverse comment, when in fact he had been deleting any posts that did not suit his purposes:  “Shock At Mother’s Lenient Sentence

Hurley replaced an equally untalented gutter journalist Anna Ferrick who left town in a hurry after she was caught with her pants down.

So when you read anything written by either of these pieces of human excrement, consider that it is unlikely to be even a semblance of the truth.

“I’m a police officer, I don’t lie”

Stupidity at its worst

Yet another example of the out of control cops who pervade the Hawke’s Bay community has come to light in the form of Constable Wayne Stewart and Bay View’s camera shy community cop John Bruce.  John Bruce is apparently so adverse to having his photo taken that he resorts to sneaking around and trying to delete from the camera photos taken of him.  Sadly for John Bruce or “JB” as his colleagues like to call him, technology is smarter that this dumb as plod and the evidential photos he deleted were retrieved and are now in a safe place.

What must go down in history as one of the most laughable quotes of all times is Wayne Stewart’s claim “I am a police officer, I don’t lie”.  Yet moments before making that bold statement Stewart was on the phone to his buddy John Bruce instructing him to destroy photographic and video evidence of not only his incredible stupidity, but his attempts to lie and ignore evidence.  With names such as Adam Dunnett, Michael Blowers and Peter Pakau having so recently been caught lying Stewart’s claim has a hollow ring to it.  Those are only the ones that have come to the public attention in the past few months and that police management have been unable to cover up for.

The concept that police officers should be permitted to make judgement calls is one that should be of concern to all of us.  When idiots like Stewart come alone and refuse to even listen to both sides of any story, it makes a mockery of the myth that your average plod has the maturity and common sense to make any judgment call.  In Stewart’s case, here is a man so bitter and twisted that he needs to make up the law as he goes along, having purported that it is illegal to film in a public place and trying to remove the camera using force.  Despite being told on numerous occasions that it was quite legal to take video and still images in a public place, this dumb plod stood his ground and tried to bully and bluff his way out of the lie he had been so vigorously perpetuating.

Stewart is no different to any other bully, when he is stood up to he goes in to panic mode and calls for help, calling his buddy John Bruce for backup and more bullying.  Upon arrival on scene and as the senior officer John Bruce kept running away every time the camera came near him.  This sniveling little coward, just as big an idiot as his buddy Stewart, would not even get out of his vehicle.  Nor did he have even the slightest interest in establishing any of the facts.  In what can only be seen as a reflection of the police’s desire to avoid transparency and accountability, when Bruce was called to the scene the police were more concerned to broadcast a waring over the radio, that all their actions were being filmed.  This preoccupied them more that establishing the facts or doing any proper policing.

Stewart - showing his best side to the camera

Stewart – showing his best side to the camera

The public need to be aware of and stand up to bullies and liars such as Constable Wayne Stewart and Senior Constable John Bruce, who consider that their uniforms give them carte balnche to make up the law as they go along and use their position to push people around for no reason other than to satisfy their own prejudices.  The Bay View community in which John Bruce works need to be particularly concerned that this thug is amongst them.

Both Constable Stewart and Senior Constable Bruce have been invited to comment.

It is inevitable that both these plods will fact private prosecution for their actions and this will be reported as it progresses through the courts.