A man who has accused the police of negligence over charging him with murder, has been given permission by the High Court to go to trial to claim $600,000 in compensation.
Napier man Zion King was arrested for the murder of Chattrice Maihi-Carroll, who was found stabbed to death on January 21, 2008. As he was on parole after being released from prison for robbing a TAB, Mr King was recalled to prison following the murder charge, where he remained for 16 months to serve out the balance of his sentence.
On the eve of the murder trial in February 2010, Mr King was told the Crown had reviewed the case and would not be proceeding as there was no evidence to place him at the murder scene.
In a judgment from the High Court, released yesterday, Mr King said police displayed a “high-handed disregard for his rights and welfare”, Associate Judge Warwick Smith said.
He ruled the claims of negligence could go forward to a trial. NZN