Bent Cops

18 Assault, Constable Dave Kirby, Sergeant Gary Patterson, Inspector R M Gibson.


Perverting the course of justice #7







On 11/8/93 Sandra asked Sergeant Garry Patterson in his office at the Wanganui East Police Station, “What are you going to do about the assault on Jack last Monday?

Patterson replied, “Ah well it’s still being investigated but I don’t think it will go ahead. As far as we are concerned Jack has no credibility with us at all and without some independent corroborative evidence we won’t be taking any prosecution.”

Sandra asked, “Tell me why Jack is not credible?

Patterson, “Because he’s a convicted liar.”

Patterson said all that before any of the witnesses had been spoken to by the Police.


Gary Patterson

Roy Green was spoken to about the matter on 13/8/93 and a Mr. Aitchison, a passing motorist who could well have seen the assault, was not spoken to until 19/8/93.




I’d like to ram this letter down Patterson’s throat!

Between 13/8/93 and 10/9/93 Roy Green told Constable John Grace, who was also stationed at Wanganui East, that Britton had assaulted me on 2/8/93 and that he had lied to Constable Kirby about it because Britton had told him to. (Britton perverted the course of justice) He also told Grace that he would not lie for Britton in Court. That fits in with Grace saying to me on 10/9/93 “If you lay a charge on Britton (a private prosecution) Green might tell the truth in Court.” Grace knew the truth about the matter but he kept it to himself. So Grace was now also guilty of participating in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Grace should have charged Green with making a false statement to Kirby and then gone after Britton for perverting the course of justice and assault. Did Grace tell Patterson what Green had told him? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Patterson was in on the cover-up.




It didn’t matter that Britton was a self confessed liar, he was to be protected come what may.


Watch for burglars, police warn

6 Nov, 2004

Wanganui Chronicle


By: Andrew Koubaridis

A spate of burglaries in Wanganui recently has police advising the public to be vigilant.
Acting senior sergeant Dave Kirby, of Wanganui police, said he wasn’t sure what caused the current spate of thefts but wanted the public to be aware.
“There are some active criminals in Wanganui carrying out burglaries in businesses and homes,” Mr Kirby said.
It was thought the thefts were the work of several individuals, rather than one group.
Over the past two weeks there have been 30 burglaries and 22 of these were in a single week.
This represented the most amount of burglaries in nearly four years, he said.
Burglaries have been decreasing in Wanganui at a steady rate and were now averaging about 10 a week, down from about 30 per week several years ago.
The big drop was recorded after Wanganui police targeted high risk persons they believed were involved in thefts in the city.
“We’re working hard to identify the offenders and have made good progress with two arrests.”
Eighteen and 19-year-old men were arrested on Thursday night and charged with burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
“We’re keen to hear from anyone that has any information,” Mr Kirby said.
Items being stolen were fairly traditional, like stereos, camcorders, televisions and Playstations but “thousands of boxes” of cigarettes had been taken too.
“There’s obviously a market out there where people are buying cheap cigarettes.””
The majority of the burglaries were happening at night but a reasonable amount were occurring in broad daylight, in several areas of the city.
“Things the public can do to help secure their homes include being vigilant, reporting suspicious activity, knowing when their neighbours aren’t around and supporting their neighbours,” he said.


Man arrested for the murder of Brett Hall

Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 3:46pm


Central Operation Pitangi – Brett Hall investigation


Police investigating the homicide of Whanganui man Brett Hall have arrested and charged a man with his murder today.

The 49-year-old Manawatü man appeared in the Whanganui District Court today. He was granted interim name suppression and has been remanded in custody. He will reappear in the Whanganui High Court on 14 July 2014.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby, officer in charge of the investigation says: “This has been an extremely difficult inquiry but I know the investigation team never gave up trying. Recent developments as well as information obtained from our inquiries and public appeals resulted in the arrest and charge.”

“I want to thank the public and media for helping us with our numerous appeals for information.”

Brett went missing from his farm property up the Whanganui River in late May 2011. Police conducted an extensive homicide investigation and search phase into his disappearance with over 30 detectives from the Lower North Island working on the case.

“While we have made an arrest this does not signal the end of our investigation.

“We have further inquires to make and a prosecution to prepare but this is a major breakthrough and from the outset the investigation team has been determined to give some peace and closure to Brett’s family, ” says Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby.

As the case is before the courts no further comment will be made at this time.

Note to media: Detective Senior Sergeant Kirby is not available to interview.



Thursday, 4 January 2018

A Dunedin survivor of historic abuse in state care says the number of prosecutions resulting from a national listening service is ”a joke”.

Figures released to the Otago Daily Times, following an Official Information Act request, showed just two offenders had been successfully prosecuted as a result of referrals to police by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS).

The CLAS panel, launched in 2008, travelled the country to hear from about 1100 people – 57% of whom said they had been sexually abused in state care – before issuing its final report in 2015.

However, information released to the ODT by Detective Inspector David Kirby, the national manager of the police’s sexual violence and child protection unit, underscored the difficulties in securing convictions for historic offending dating back to the 1950s.

The figures showed the CLAS had referred 90 people to police, but 54 were for requests for further information only.

The remaining 36 referrals had led to criminal investigations being conducted, but charges were laid in just eight cases and just two prosecutions had been successful by September last year, the figures showed.

Det Insp Kirby said a lack of evidence, or a decision by the victim not to proceed, were the two main reasons other investigations did not result in criminal charges being laid.

Two more prosecutions did not proceed ”due to the health of the suspect”, while a third was still being investigated, he said.

The lack of prosecutions was criticised by Darryl Smith, a Dunedin survivor of historic sexual abuse in state care in New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Smith said the number of prosecutions was ”a joke”, but the ”very low” numbers of people spoken to by the CLAS was also a problem.

Many more victims had not shared their story by the time the CLAS closed in 2015, and the figures underscored the need for a royal commission, he believed.

Mr Smith was among those pushing for a national inquiry or royal commission, as mounted by other countries, including Australia.

The previous National-led government had resisted such calls, but the new Labour-led Government included an inquiry in its plan for its first 100 days in office.

Dr Murray Heasley, another campaigner for a national inquiry, including within the Catholic Church in New Zealand, said the CLAS lacked the power to compel evidence, and many victims had been unaware of its existence or did not feel confident engaging with it.


”A royal commission with teeth is needed for survivors to step forward and ensure the testimony needed for true redress and true justice and for the accused institutions to produce the evidence of their concealment of the criminal acts perpetrated on children in their care.”

Amanda Hill, a partner at law firm Cooper Legal, representing abuse survivors, said the figures reflected the past reluctance by police to investigate historic offending, as well as the difficulties in doing so successfully.

”Although it does not represent the entire police effort, the numbers do not surprise us,” she said.

Det Insp Kirby said all allegations of sexual abuse were taken seriously, but police guidelines required a ”reasonable prospect of conviction” before a prosecution was launched. 

”In general terms, the more historical the allegation of abuse the more challenging it is to [meet] the Solicitor-general’s guidelines to commence criminal proceedings. This is often due to the loss of evidence, people’s recollections being uncertain, or witnesses are unavailable due to death or not being able to be located.”



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  1. Louisa ( Eric ) van der Lubbe. said, on 19/03/2011 at 8:32 pm

    Well, Britton does have some dodgy mates. I remember Roy Green very well from the age of 14. He joined a bird hunting day on the farm of a friend of mine, Kevin Kirkby in Springavle road, Wanganui.

    Roy was most impressed with the .177 pump action air rifle I was using and asked to try it. I agreed and he promptly and deliberately shot me in the back with it from a range of 5 feet. The shock and force knocked me to the ground but he wasn’t content with that, he also kicked me in the back.

    Why?…I’ll never know. A random act of crazed bullying that only went no further due to my friends intervention.

    Seems like he choses like minded nutters to associate with.


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