Anna Leask is senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Ex-cop theft hearing: decision reserved

Former policewoman Karis Charnley. File photo / NZ Herald
Former policewoman Karis Charnley. File photo / NZ Herald

A judge has reserved his decision on a whether a former policewoman charged with supplying her uniform and impound notice notepad to her boyfriend to help him steal a car is guilty.

Karis Charnley appeared at North Shore District Court for a defended hearing today before Judge Brian Callaghan.

The Herald revealed in February that she had be charged for being involved with the theft of an $11,000 car.

Police alleged Charnley, who was stood down from duties last year on unrelated disciplinary matters, gave Cameron Ross her police shirt, pants and overall and the notepad. Ross admitted using the items to ``seize'' the car.

Charnley said Ross stole the items and she did not report him to police when she found out because she was scared of him - and because she did not think police would listen to her given her employment circumstances.

Judge Callaghan heard from Charnley's oldest son Matthew, who testified that his mother asked him to burn the impound pad after the car was stolen.

Charnley was adamant she was not involved in the theft and that after more than seven years in the police she would not have given Ross her uniform.

Judge Callaghan's decision is due in late November.

- NZ Herald

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