The wife of a West Auckland police officer who admitted serious drug offending this week has been sentenced to community work for her role in the offending.
Diane Pakau, 34, admitted a charge of receiving $500, which she knew was the proceeds of her husband's drug dealing.
In Auckland District Court yesterday, Judge Bill Hastings said the seriousness of the charge was elevated because she was aware of where the cash came from and because it "facilitated police corruption".
He ordered her to complete 140 hours of community work, giving her credit for her guilty plea and lack of previous convictions.
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When the charges were laid in May last year, the mother of five said there was no way her husband Constable Peter Pakau was involved with gangs and drugs and she also denied the charge she faced.
However, she changed her plea two weeks ago.
Peter Pakau pleaded guilty to 14 charges in the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday.
They related to methamphetamine offending, accepting bribes, corruption, conspiring to pervert the course of justice and accessing the police computer system. Pakau admitted the charges but disputed the quantities of methamphetamine detailed. That will be the subject of a hearing before his sentencing in December.