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Brethren investigator

Tue 3 Oct 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

The investigator hired by the homophobic Exclusive Brethren religious sect to tail Prime Minister Helen Clark assaulted a man in custody and kicked a senior police officer in the groin during a bar-room brawl 25 years ago, the Herald reported today. The Herald's files show private investigator Lew Proctor was convicted of assaulting three officers and another man after going 'berserk' during a drinking session at the Papakura Police Station bar when still in the force as a detective in 1982. The files show Proctor struck one constable, headbutted another constable in the face and intentionally kicked Inspector Barry Davies in the groin as well as intentionally damaging a door. Proctor's rage began after a heated conversation about dogs with other officers in the bar, where he was saying he wanted to "show how he had hit the black Samoan bastard who hit his dog". He started taking several swings at a constable, putting his fist through a door, smashing a door and putting his fist through a toilet wall. He then punched one of the constables in the face several times, butted the other and lashed out at Mr Davies, kicking him in the groin and later in the backside. At some point, Proctor went into an interview room where a man was being held in custody, asked him a few questions, then punched him twice about the head. In his defence, Proctor claimed he was suffering temporary insanity. The sentencing judge said the assaults were out of character and unlikely to be repeated and imposed a fine of $600 to give Proctor the chance to start a new life. Proctor could not be reached for comment by the Herald last night but has previously told a newspaper that "his slate was wiped clean".     Ref: NZ Herald (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 3rd October 2006 - 12:00pm

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