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Internal Affairs investigates cop who allegedly lost critical evidence in street mugging case of an elderly woman
DPP had to discontinue the case in court

Internal Affairs investigates cop who allegedly lost critical evidence in street mugging case of an elderly woman

DPP had to discontinue the case in court

By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 11/11/2020

A police officer who allegedly lost critical evidence in the street mugging case of an elderly woman at the Suva Bus Stand in September is being investigated by the Police Internal Affairs Unit.

The Director of the Public Prosecutions had to file to discontinue the case in the Suva High Court after police lost critical evidence and the Suva City Council deleted the CCTV footage.

The officer has been suspended with half pay awaiting the outcome of investigations.

Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu says the officer faces possible dismissal from the institution if found guilty.

Tudravu says a lot of time and resources are directed towards an investigation, and failure to secure a positive outcome for the Prosecution is a bad reflection on the Fiji Police Force if the investigative processes were not followed.

He says he will not condone lazy officers as all are paid to serve the public honestly and dutifully and those who cannot, are not fit to be part of the policing profession.

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