Ray Wilkie. Photo NZ Herald
A judge was heckled as he handed a police inspector who
assaulted two teenagers a discharge without conviction today.
The unknown man shouted from the public gallery that the
decision was an "absolute scandal'' as Manurewa area
commander Richard Wilkie, 51, was told of his sentence at
Auckland District Court this morning.
He pleaded guilty in July to two charges of assault during an
off-duty incident, after discovering his 14-year-old daughter
drinking with other teenagers in Bucklands Beach, Auckland in
the early hours.
The inspector was among parents called to take their children
home, arriving with his wife Ann, a Counties Manukau
detective, "lightly dressed'' and without footwear after
being woken up by police last April.
The teens were described in court as sitting calmly on a
grass verge "compliant and not causing any offence'' when Mr
He approached one of the boys and kicked him firmly in the
shin with his foot, before kicking another youth in the
However, Judge Brooke Gibson said the scale of the violence
was minor, and had not left any physical or psychological
injuries on the teens. The boys, "to their credit'', did not
hold a grudge against Mr Wilkie, the judge said.
He also acknowledged that Mr Wilkie was upset and angry at
his daughter for sneaking out without permission, which he
said was "understandable from any responsible parent''.
Mr Wilkie had accepted responsibility for his actions and
shown remorse, he said.
Judge Gibson gave a discharge without conviction, and ordered
court costs of $132.89, as well as $500 to each of Mr
As the verdict was given a lone protester in the public
gallery shouted: "It's an absolute scandal.'' He continued to
shake his head as the Wilkie family and supporters left
Mr Wilkie, dressed smartly in a suit and tie, was hugged by
family members outside court, some wiping tears from their
eyes as they did so.
The officer declined to comment after his discharge, but his
lawyer Richard Earwaker said he and his family were "very
"It's been hard for him and his family, he's acted very
responsibly right from the start, he obviously is very
remorseful, he feels for the young complainants,'' he said.
Mr Earwaker said the past six months has been "difficult''
for the Wilkie family, but said the inspector had "a strong
character'' and had continued working in the job he loves.
Mr Wilkie will now face an internal police investigation into