21 Dec 2008

Investigation into Rob Pope too narrow - Watson

2:17 pm on 21 December 2008

The father of Scott Watson says the internal investigation into complaints he made against the Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope was too narrow.

Watson is serving a life sentence for the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in the Marlborough Sounds 10 years ago.

His father Chris Watson had complained Mr Pope made false statements in a sworn affidavit presented to the Wellington High Court in February 1998, in order to advance the case against his son.

However a police investigation has found the then-Detective Inspector Pope did not mislead the court and the allegation of swearing a false affidavit was not substantiated.

Mr Watson says his complaint was handled in a literal fashion. He hopes an investigation by the Independent Police Conduct Authority will be broader.