Teuila Fuatai is a reporter for the NZ Herald

Police officers agree to out of court settlement

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Four police officers who planned to take a defamation case against Police Commissioner Peter Marshall have agreed to an out of court settlement.

The officers - two senior sergeants, a sergeant and a constable - were part of the management team at Christchurch South police station, where former Constable Gordon Meyer was based.

In December, Meyer was sentenced to nine months' home detention for bribery and indecent assault. During the trial, it was found he had told a suspected drink-driver she could avoid being charged if she performed oral sex on him. He also groped an 18-year-old while giving her a lift in his patrol car.

The four officers notified Mr Marshall of the planned defamation proceedings the week Meyer was sentenced because they believed he had failed to correct public perception around "leadership and operational problems" at the station.

Today, a statement from police confirmed the defamation proceedings had been dropped.

"New Zealand police confirm that following discussions, agreement has been reached in relation to allegations of defamation raised by some Christchurch South police station staff."

Police would not comment further.

- APNZ

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