He may have quietly skulked out of town in the wake of adverse publicity, but former District Commander Sam Hoyle’s replacement has been quick to follow in his footsteps. Early in her reign Superintendent Sandra Venables has demonstrated her own brand of double standards and selective policing.
Last month Constable Damion Davies was caught lying under oath when he gave evidence in the Napier District Court. The evidence available against Davies is overwhelming and damaging.
Nevertheless police have predictably closed ranks and refused to even accept a complaint.
That is not their decision to make and that they would do so without even considering the evidence demonstrates just how corrupt and duplicitous police are. Were it that there was no issue with the evidence Damion Davies has falsely given, police would have carried out a proper criminal investigation and based their decision on the evidence made available to and gathered by them. But no, they do not want to do this because that would mean the truth coming out and proving without doubt what we all know – that police perjure themselves in our courts on a routine basis and consider that an acceptable standard.
Exposing that lie and deny culture presents a real threat to the facade of respectability that police in this country continue struggling to portray, a perception that is rapidly slipping with 56% of the public distrusting of police.
Recently that image has been dented in spectacular fashion with Detective Inspector Grant Wormald caught lying in court and Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock tripping over himself whilst giving evidence in the Auckland High Court last year. Is it any wonder then that when the see high ranking police getting away with it, your average intellect plod considers it acceptable to lie under oath? Damion Davies has demonstrated that this is fact and not simply theory. That he does this so readily shows that he issecure in the knowledge that if he ever does get caught out his colleagues and bosses will do whatever it takes to block any legitimate complaint and cover for his lies, even if that means making up more lies.
Area Commander Sandra Venables has personally been made aware of Davies crime but has not only deliberately failed to ensure that the complaint is properly dealt with. She has also actively evaded any attempts to contact her about the matter. This in turn makes her guilty of conspiring to defeat justice.
It seems likely that both Davies and Venables will soon be standing beside each other in the dock facing a private criminal prosecution.
Hawke’s Bay police were invited to comment but failed to do so.
Watch this space.
6 December 2014 UPDATE: Damion Davies is no longer a detective and now back ploding the beat in uniform and trying to get promotion there. In a recent High Court appeal the Crown conceded that Davies had given “wrong evidence” under oath and the convictions that he had so eagerly secured by giving this “wrong evidence” were quashed. Sgt Malcolm Lochrie the police prosecutor in this case and serial liar Daryl Moore, are presently under investigation for conspiring to pervert justice for withholding evidence that was contrary to the police case, and indeed would have blown it out of the water from day one.