16 Apr 2011

Police yet to apologise over wrongful imprisonment

3:18 pm on 16 April 2011

A man wrongly imprisoned for rape is still waiting for an apology from the police.

Aaron Farmer, who is autistic, spent two years in jail having been convicted of the 2003 rape of a 22-year-old woman in the Christchurch suburb of Sydenham.

The conviction was eventually quashed, and no retrial followed.

Mr Farmer has received a formal apology from the Crown and $351,575 in compensation.

During the investigation, a police officer incorrectly told Mr Farmer his DNA was linked to the crime.

Assistant Police Commissioner Malcolm Burgess told Radio New Zealand News on Thursday that it is proper for the police to apologise for the inadequacies of the investigation.

Mr Farmer's defence lawyer, Simon Shamy, said he was contacted by a police legal adviser that day and expects to discuss a meeting with the police for an apology after the weekend.