Assistant Police Commissioner Clint Rickards (and his two fellow defendants) have been found not guilty on on all 20 charges.
I am not surprised in that that there seemed to clearly be reasonable doubt, with the testimony of the flatmate especially.
I actually predicted back in February 2004 that this would be a lose-lose affair, and it has been.
While Rickards and co have been found not guilty, I don’t think their careers or reputations will recover. And their actions, while not found to be illegal, reflect badly on them. Whether Rickards can just return to his former role in the Police is highly debatable.
I’ll blog more on this tomorrow, but am being cultured and about go go out for a recital by the NZ Symphony Orchestra.