Fri, 07 Dec 2012 7:00p.m.
Damien Genet, a 23-year-old apprentice mechanic, says his career was put in jeopardy by a man who stole his identity.
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11/12/2012 10:59:59 a.m.
Many police arent able to process complex information. this is a specialized cognitive process, well proven to be a skill not required to gain employment with NZ Police.
10/12/2012 1:21:37 p.m.
Hold on am I missing something here. Isnt the onus to prove these charges in the first place, how come our so called great system has so many holes in it.
We need a national identity card now.
Lets argue for that, theirs a story for John Campbell. Passports are only for a few people.
9/12/2012 5:12:51 p.m.
Victoria Martin wrote:
I know how Damien feels as I went through the same sort of thing, having to prove my innocence and not know if I was going to keep my job or not while the ministry of justice investigated. A criminal record report completed by them for my name had pages of convictions that were clearly not mine, they had a completely different name, well names, date of birth to mine. I phoned the MOJ to request for it to be corrected. They couldn't do so as I had to request in writing, and allow them 20 working days to respond to my request. Absolutely ludicrous trying to clear my name all because of someone else giving my name when issued 2 tickets one evening in Orewa back in 2005. I was living in queenstown at this time and had evidence to prove I was not in Orewa that evening. So much for the saying innocent till proven guilty!
9/12/2012 10:07:05 a.m.
Nanny state? lol right wing loon, this country certainly isn't a nanny state, if you want a nanny state you would have to go back 30-40 years, but then i doubt you were paying attention way back then either.
8/12/2012 5:33:15 p.m.
Just shows that in this nanny Country, you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent, the cops don't give a damn, their moto is, "We have someone, that will do"
8/12/2012 1:27:09 p.m.
agree katrina, but the police should also bear the cost of this. Police now have computers in their cars. When you show your licence they can compare it. They should if they don't already, have access to drivers licence database so they can then match your name to your licence if for example you are pulled over and you don't have it on you. If the person looks nothing like whats on your licence then process them/ask more questions. I don't want us to be any more of a police state than we are now, but to match a photo with a person right in front of you should be easy. There was a tv article when the police arrested a woman for a driving offence (her friend did it). The friend gave this womans details and police went around and arrested her. They admitted she looked nothing like the woman on the night, but this arrested woman had to fight to clear her name. So I don't think the police or our systems are doing some things right at all. The onus of proof should not have to lie with the accused at all, once you have given the basics over. Guaranteed this will happen again. Glad its sorted out (well I hope it is).
7/12/2012 10:31:21 p.m.
The guy who stole his id should be fined and the money paid to Damien
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