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Witness threat cases ‘common’

Filed under: Domestic Violence — JohnPotter @ 9:17 am Fri 10th December 2004

Christchurch police Detective Inspector Malcolm Johnston, an officer for 25 years, said yesterday witness intimidation happened in most violent-crime cases, and while the Noble/Samson situation was extreme, intimidation was not unusual.

“It is very, very (common) and I know other staff have experienced similar levels. Intimidation can be as little as chocolates and flowers and a promise to never do it again, and that is why there is a low conviction rate for serious domestic violence.”

Johnston said comments from “ill-informed” lawyers that the low conviction rate for violent offences in Christchurch, including domestic violence, was the result of lax police investigation were not correct.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a huge commitment to these investigations and it is my experience that the low conviction rate for domestic violence rests entirely on intimidation and threats.”


  1. Next the I’m intimidated by chocolates and flowers I’ll make sure I lodge a complaint with the Police.

    Comment by Jim Nicolle — Fri 10th December 2004 @ 1:41 pm

  2. Bequiet dont be such a smart mouth that is very inapropriate to say and is not needed!

    Comment by ChOOle — Tue 30th August 2005 @ 9:32 pm

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