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POLICE ACTIONS AND POWERS: Wellington trial of Constable Abbott for Wallace killing starts


The trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott began in Wellington on
November the 18th. He is charged with murder, and an alternative
charge of manslaughter, in relation to the death of Steven Wallace -who
was shot and killed in Waitara on 30 April 2000.

John Rowan, QC, outlined the prosecution's case in his opening address, stating that it was unnecessary for Abbott to have shot Wallace as there were alternatives available. Steven had a baseball bat
- a non-distance weapon - so there was no danger to anyone beyond his
immediate vicinity.


Constable Abbott has been found not guilty of murder - read an eyewitness analysis here.

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