Police Illegally Use And Damage Impounded Vehicle

Two policemen in NCD have been implicated for illegally using and damaging a vehicle that was impounded by police.

The owner of the vehicle, Steven Punagi, was arrested two months ago on a separate matter and released on bail.


His vehicle, registration number BDW 676, was impounded and put in police custody. The vehicle was illegally used by officers who crashed it on Sunday the 25th of May.


Mr. Punagi wants the police hierarchy to take disciplinary action against the officers involved.


Steven Punagi was initially charged for a different matter in April this year and released on 3 thousand kina bail.


His vehicle was impounded by police during his arrest but was never released, despite many attempts by Punagi to have it returned to him.


Since April of this year, his vehicle has been sitting at the Gordons Police Station.


Two weeks ago, however, Mr. Punagi learnt through a phone call from the station commander of Gordons Police Station that his vehicle had been involved in an accident.


The vehicle had been badly damaged, with several parts of the vehicle removed. It was also evident that the plate number, registration and safety stickers of the vehicle were removed.


This issue was brought to the attention of the top rank of the NCD Command says Mr. Punangi. He also provided letters written by top bosses at NCD command asking for the release of his vehicle before the accident.


He was informed by the Gordons Police commander that his vehicle was illegally used by two of his officers.


Mr. Punagi is now seeking legal advice on the matter.

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