Former cop Peter Pakau jailed for corruption, drugs

  • 28/11/2014

A former west Auckland cop who dealt methamphetamine and gave secret police information to gang members has been jailed for eight years and four months.

Peter Pakau, 37, was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland on Friday after pleading guilty last month to 14 charges including corruption, supplying and manufacturing a class A controlled drug, accepting bribes and conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

Justice Pamela Andrews said police felt betrayed by Pakau's actions and the public now saw the police as corrupt.

"Your actions have undermined the hard work and dedication of your colleagues," she said.

"It is your previous good character and standing in the police that has enabled your offending."

She noted he was depressed at the time due to an unwell child and difficulties in his relationship and hadn't been motivated by financial gain.

The father-of-five was sworn in as a constable in 2008 and became involved with his co-offenders in 2012, when he began searching the police's intelligence computer system for his associates, even looking up a car his friend Melissa Brown was interested in stealing.

He ordered a car repairs shop to give a stolen car worth $19,000 to Brown, even though he knew she wasn't the legitimate owner, and then accepted some of the proceeds after she sold it.

Pakau also warned a gang about a police search warrant, sold 28 grams of methamphetamine to another associate for $12,000, and picked up 70g of methamphetamine from a house in his police car.

Crown lawyer Ben Finn said Pakau's offending might have begun as a lapse of judgment, but became more serious - and as a police officer, he would have known how wrong it was.

But Pakau's lawyer Ron Mansfield said his client had been manipulated by his co-offenders.

"This offending was not driven simply by evil motive or desire for financial gain," Mr Mansfield said.

"It's not because he's inherently bad, it's because he saw it initially as a means to an end and then became consumed by what he had engaged in."

As an ex-cop Pakau would be in danger in prison as he was an ex-cop, he said.

His co-accused Shane Boag, Brown, Richard Rei and Paul Holloway were also sentenced on Friday.

Around 40 family members of the defendants and police staff packed out the public gallery and a number of Pakau's family members sobbed and hugged each other when he was sentenced.

In October, Pakau's wife was sentenced to 140 hours of community work for receiving $500 which she knew had come from her husband's drug dealing.

The former Henderson-based constable resigned in May last year after police started an employment investigation into his activities.

NZN

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