Two assault charges against former officer withdrawn

Police-badge-2013-09-001The police have dropped two assault charges against a former South Canterbury police officer but the third charge still may be heading for a judge-alone trial.

The trial of Timothy Phillip Hartnell, of Pleasant Point, would be held in Timaru with the police now listing 15 witnesses to be called.

Hartnell has resigned from the police, after the three assault allegations.

He appeared at a case review hearing before Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court yesterday for trial arrangements to be set.

Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson asked for the two assault charges to be withdrawn and that application was granted by the judge.

The third case relates to an alleged assault on a youth who ran off when being spoken to about riding a bicycle on the footpath.

The case has now been remanded for another hearing in the Christchurch District Court on August 18, without a trial date being set.

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