No announcement yet.

Secret police search leaves Golden Bay couple in shock


  • Secret police search leaves Golden Bay couple in shock

    A Golden Bay couple already reeling after a police raid last March were shocked to learn of an earlier secret search of their home. Rolf and Ute Kleine, who run teahouse and bakery, Takaka Infusion, received an email last week from Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe that attached a signed copy of a search warrant and a "postponement notice". That notice had enabled police to keep the search secret for 12 months.

    "We had no clue," Rolf Kleine said. "I had to read it three times. A property record sheet attached to the email showed police took hair samples from brushes, four pieces of used dental floss, a sheet of A4 paper with a print test and two plain sheets of A4 paper. Wet and dry swabs were taken from two toothbrush heads and handles. Police also copied electronic storage items including computers, an iPad, external disk drive and a USB stick.

    The search on January 28, 2015 related to a police investigation into a threat to contaminate infant and other formula with 1080. Rolf and Ute Kleine have been publicly opposed to 1080. However, Rolf Kleine stressed the pair were pacifists.
    "We never have been in any way aggressive," he said. "I've never even thrown a stone in a demonstration."
    Nor had there been any previous dealings with police in their native Germany or in New Zealand, where they have lived for eight years. "I don't even have a speeding ticket in New Zealand."

    The secret search by police in January 2015 was followed by another search on March 25 of the Kleines' home as well as their business and car. The couple were home when police descended in March and the pair were taken to separate police stations for questioning Rolf to Motueka and Ute to Takaka.

    Police say the searches were legal and allowed under the Search and Surveillance Act. Police could use the act to search properties and individuals during the course of any investigation if a search warrant was obtained. In some cases, such as when a search would prejudice an investigation or put the safety of someone in danger, the legislation allowed for covert searches.

    In the email sent last week, Pascoe says he "would like to acknowledge the assistance and co-operation you both provided to police on 25 March 2015. "This assisted police in reaching the conclusion that neither of you were in any way involved in the crime of blackmail."

    He also says police were obliged to provide the documentation attached the search warrant, postponement notice and property record sheet by January 22, 2016. Rolf Kleine queried why the police searched the house in March if they had already copied the information on the couple's computers and collected samples, presumably for DNA testing, during the secret search in January. "How do they explain that?"

    It was "such a strange feeling" to know the police had opened the door to their home and searched it, taking some items without their knowledge, he said. The couple's lawyer, Steven Zindel, said he had never heard of a secret search by police followed by another search executed at a later date. "Not in New Zealand."

    He described his clients as very principled people who had co-operated with police. Rolf Kleine said the couple also suspected that an undercover police officer had come into their shop several times during December 2014, and January and March 2015, in an attempt to "entrap" the pair. "He said he was an anti-1080 activist and wanted to get involved," Rolf Kleine said. "It's a busy time of year for us, I said we were not active. He came back every day for two weeks."

    After the threat was revealed, the man returned "and said 'wasn't it good what had happened' and wanted me to agree".
    On the contrary, the couple were appalled. "It was horrible what happened. We were shocked," Rolf Kleine said.
    Concerns the man might have been an undercover officer along with the search in March and now news of an earlier search in secret had left the Kleines feeling intimidated.

    "It has been intimidating for quite a while," Rolf Kleine said. "It's always been on our mind we want to finish it."
    In his email, Pascoe says police have been attempting to meet with the Kleines and he is waiting to hear about a suitable date and venue. However, Rolf Kleine said the couple did not think it made sense to make contact with the police any more. There had been delays awaiting responses to previous correspondence, and requests to see copies of the signed warrants and a copy of the search warrant affidavit relating to the raid in March had been declined.

    "We're a little bit over it now, we don't really feel like we should continue with this [discussions with police]."
    The couple were preparing a statement of claim with their lawyer with a view to legal action, buoyed by support from many people in Golden Bay.

    "The investigation has been so poor," Rolf Kleine said. "They [the police] could have done it in a different way."
    The officer in charge of Operation Concord Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock said police had said from the beginning they would not discuss why specific individuals were of interest to police. "

    "It is quite normal for persons of interest to be eliminated from an enquiry as an investigation progresses, as occurred in this instance." Once the necessary information had been obtained police were satisfied that this couple had no connection with the blackmail threat being investigated.

    The Operation Concord investigation saw a 60-year-old Auckland man arrested and charged with blackmail in October last year. He pleaded guilty last month. Police have unsuccessfully tried to meet with Mr and Mrs Kleine since that time to explain their inclusion in the investigation and the actions taken by Police. "If Mr and Mrs Kleine have ongoing concerns about Police actions we welcome the opportunity to meet with them to discuss those concerns. "

    CREDIT: Stuff
    Attached Files

    • 1victim
      1victim commented
      Editing a comment
      Aaron Pascoe is a Bent Pig.

      Wherever there is a Pig coverup to be had, you can rest assured that his mangy Trotters are not far away.

      Pascoe epitomises all that is wrong with the NZ Piggery - a gutless, cowardly, yellow streaked piece of excrement, who has immunity from prosecution due to his role in NZ's police state.
      Last edited by 1victim; 17-01-2016, 07:28 PM.
    Posting comments is disabled.

Latest Articles


  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
    by admin
    The former New Zealand judge who headed a UK inquiry into child sexual abuse has said she will not appear before British MPs to answer questions about her time in charge. Dame Lowell Goddard said for her to be summoned would compromise the inquiry's "independence and integrity". She also hit out at "malicious, defamatory attacks" by the British media and said she was disappointed the government had not defended her. British MPs have asked the former head of the child sex abuse inquiry to expl...
    11-11-2016, 11:47 AM
  • Judge Lowell Goddard's epic fail
    by admin
    Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned last week as chair of the 100 million (N$183.5m) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired. Dame Lowell, appointed by then-Home Secretary Theresa May just over a year ago, had already lost the confidence of senior staff and members of the inquiry panel, according to two well-placed legal sources. The Home Office has denied she was sacked, according to reports. After she ...
    09-08-2016, 10:07 AM
  • Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer claims agreement had no impact on Trust
    by admin
    Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer Colin Carruthers QC says the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) theory against his client is wrong, with a key agreement placing no financial cost on the Wellington Tenths Trust. The former leading Treaty of Waitangi negotiator and academic is on trial in the High Court at Wellington, accused of obtaining funds by deception, or alternatively of obtaining a secret commission.The charges relate to allegations that Love showed favour to Auckland property developer Redwood, and ...
    05-08-2016, 01:44 PM
  • Transport boss pleads guilty to corruption charges
    by admin
    The Serious Fraud Office says the guilty plea yesterday by an Auckland Council manager to corruption charges shows the dangers in not questioning a culture of gratuities. Barrie Kenneth James George, 69, this morning at the High Court at Auckland pleaded guilty to two charges of accepting bribes as a public official when he took gifts worth $103,580 between 2005 and 2012. The gifts included cash, and lavish overseas holidays for George and his family. SFO Director, Julie Read welcomed the guilty plea...
    04-08-2016, 09:40 AM
  • Identities of corrupt JP's stay secret
    by admin
    The identities of Justices of the Peace disciplined for incompetence, making false allegations or misusing their title for personal gain are being kept secret by the Ministry of Justice.In the case of the above JP Denis Selwyn Callesen of Keri Keri, the Crown Law Office even halted a private prosecution against Mr Callessen after evidence emerged that Mr Callessen and his former secretary Robin Morris had perverted the course of justice.

    The Ministry believes the privacy of...
    23-07-2016, 11:35 AM
  • Government funded escape artist Philip Smith found guilty
    by admin
    The murderer who embarrassed New Zealand law and border authorities by flying to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been convicted for the audacious escape. Charges of escaping lawful custody and making a false statement to renew a passport have been added to Phillip John Smith's lengthy criminal record, along with murder, child sex abuse, kidnapping, tax fraud and arson. In an unusual legal procedure, a jury was chosen at the Auckland District Court today and the judge immedia...
    22-07-2016, 01:05 PM