Heart check delays former cop’s case

Saturday July 11, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

The defended hearing of former New Zealand police officer John Makuru has been postponed to August 25.

Makuru’s lawyer Mark Short said his client had to travel to New Zealand for a medical check of his heart condition

Makuru is charged with one count of refusing an excess breath alcohol test and careless driving.

Makuru denies this charge saying that he was a sober driver for some of his mates at Charlie’s Bar in Titikaveka, that night last year, when he turned out in front of a motorbike.

He said police locked him in the cells on the night of the accident, and he was not offered any medical assistance, and he was refused his medicines for an ongoing heart disease he suffers from, even after telling the officers his address. 

He ended up in Rarotonga Hospital for three days after that, suffering severe headaches, before being sent to New Zealand for a CT scan.

His case has been before the court for more than a year.

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