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NZ Herald
October 20 2001

Man charged with acting as a 'PI'

A man who was paid $4000 to investigate the wrongful imprisonment of three girls has been charged with operating as a private investigator without a licence.

The Court of Appeal this week quashed the teenage girls' joint conviction for aggravated robbery.

The three were accused of the 1999 attack on a schoolgirl in Three Kings and spent seven months in prison.

The father of one of the accused, Vini Kavi, paid a Samoan man he understood to be a private investigator $4000 to look into the case.

After little progress, the man referred Mr Kavi to criminal lawyer Gary Gotlieb, who then engaged a new private investigator.