'No option' but to remand case
from the article in Otago Daily Times:
A former Central Otago policeman who admitted making an intimate visual recording of a teenager showering, using a police-issued iPhone, will have to wait until next year for his application for a discharge without conviction to be heard....
Regardless, Judge Phillips said he intended to adjourn the matter based on other concerns.
"I would want the victim here to be independently spoken to and a detailed victim statement obtained of her independently . . . I am concerned about it all. She is entirely unrepresented here."
Prosecutor Craig Power said there had been attempts made by the police in the past week or so for the complainant to be spoken to and for her to see a clinical psychologist in Dunedin.
"It seems she doesn't want to provide one [a detailed victim impact statement]."
Judge Phillips said he intended to "follow the law".
"This matter won't be rushed. I do not accept any argument it's just a rubber stamp or there can be immediate inquiries made and answers given [today].
"If restorative justice is appropriate, then it takes place. That's what the law says."
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