A lone Kawhia police constable who was assaulted while
arresting a man says he's trying to put the attack in the
past and even hopes to shake his attacker's hand one day.
Jackie Maikuku yesterday pleaded guilty in the Hamilton
District Court to assault with intent to obstruct a police
officer executing his duty.
The charge relates to an incident in Kawhia in January last
year when Constable Perry Griffin tried to arrest the
21-year-old on a number of outstanding warrants.
Mr Griffin told the Herald yesterday he remained committed to
the small coastal Waikato town and had no plans to leave.
"I'd even like to shake Jackie's hand one day," he said.
In sentencing Maikuku to nine months in prison, Judge David
Ruth said he had already served his time after being in
custody at Waikeria Prison since the incident. Maikuku was
released yesterday afternoon.
"I sincerely hope you and your community can get on and put
all of this behind you," said Judge Ruth.
Outside court, Maikuku's father, Jack Maikuku, said his son
was looking forward to going home but he would be staying
away from Mr Griffin and would try to stay out of trouble.
- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald