Charge to be dropped for Waiariki deputy

By Katie Holland

A bike theft charge laid against Waiariki Institute of Technology deputy chief executive Keith Ikin is to be withdrawn.

Mr Ikin appeared in the Rotorua District Court last Thursday where he denied a charge of unlawfully taking a $200 bike in Tauranga in February last year. He was remanded at large until a status hearing on February 26.

However, Rotorua police prosecutor Sergeant Bill Scott yesterday confirmed the charge against Mr Ikin would not be pursued.

"Police Prosecution Service have reviewed this matter and in the unusual circumstances of this case have decided that a continued prosecution is not required," Mr Scott said.

"Therefore police will be seeking the charge be withdrawn when the matter is next called in the Rotorua District Court."

Mr Ikin told The Daily Post he had been shifting from serviced apartments in Tauranga to Rotorua when the bike, which was in an unallocated car park, was inadvertently loaded on to the truck by someone helping him move.

Mr Ikin said when he realised the mistake he immediately called and arranged to return the bike to the apartments.

However, when he arrived the bike owner was not there and there was nowhere to leave it. The owner was then overseas for several months so Mr Ikin was unable to get it back to him. Mr Ikin said the bike had now been returned.

Mr Ikin said he was grateful the charge had been withdrawn. It had been an extremely stressful experience for him, he said.

"It will have an impact for me personally and on my career," he said. "The most disappointing thing for me was that Waiariki and people here have been implicated by this and that's been my biggest regret."

Mr Ikin said he wanted to thank the many people who had offered support over the past week.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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