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Disgraced ex-cop's appeal dismissed

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/05/2016
Peter Pakau has been sentenced to eight years and four months in jail. © Facebook Peter Pakau has been sentenced to eight years and four months in jail.

A disgraced ex-cop who was jailed after dealing methamphetamine and giving secret police information to gang members has had an appeal dismissed.

Peter Pakau, 37, was in 2014 jailed for eight years and four months after admitting 14 charges including corruption, supplying and manufacturing a class A controlled drug, accepting bribes and conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

He appealed his sentence as being "manifestly excessive".

However the Court of Appeal found against Pakau, saying his corruption offending was particularly serious and he exploited his position as a police officer.

Pakau was sworn in as a constable in 2008 and became involved with his co-offenders in 2012, when he began searching the police's intelligence computer system for his associates, even looking up a car his friend Melissa Brown was interested in stealing.

He ordered a car repairs shop to give a stolen car worth $19,000 to Brown, even though he knew she wasn't the legitimate owner, and then accepted some of the proceeds after she sold it.

Pakau also warned a gang about a police search warrant, sold 28 grams of methamphetamine to another associate for $12,000, and picked up 70g of methamphetamine from a house in his police car.

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