Focus on Police Competence
Auckland - After convictions against three teenage girls were overturned last week the detective in charge of the case, former international test cricketer detective constable Trevor Franklin, has hired a lawyer to help save his career.
"At the moment, not all of the relevant information about this case is in the public arena," said lawyer Richard Earwaker. "People need to withhold judgment until all the facts are known."
Mr Franklin employed Mr Earwaker after it was revealed last week he was in charge of the case in which three teenage girls were found to have been wrongly jailed. Mr Earwaker said Mr Franklin was co-operating fully with an investigation into the police handling of the case.
A friend also said Mr Franklin "categorically denies any criminal conduct".
The Police Association is also standing by Mr Franklin. "We're making sure he's not hung out to dry. That's what tends to happen ... Everyone looks for someone to blame," said association president Greg O'Connor.
He said the public should remember the climate in which Auckland police were working with staff shortages resulting in staff being left alone.