Nicholas Townsend, 24, of Ruapuke, near Raglan. Photo / Mike Scott
A policeman who had a drink in the pub while watching rugby thinks he was targeted because he is a policeman.
The officer was in a Waikato pub in May of last year when Nicholas Townsend, Ruapuke’s man, walked in with his friends and joined his table.
Halfway through the game, the victim’s friends left and the policeman decided to finish his beer and order a pizza to take home.
While he was away from the table, Townsend then opened the capsule – which the victim would later discover to be the class B drug oxycodone – and poured it into the beer bottle.
The victim then poured his beer into other people’s glasses before consuming some himself.
Another person who had contaminated beer fell asleep inside the pub.
When challenged by police, Townsend admitted that he put drugs in the beer bottle because that person was bothering him, court documents say.
Oxycodene is a controlled Class B drug and moderate to severe pain reliever that should not be taken with alcohol.
Townsend a few days earlier had admitted the driving charges for which he had been sentenced in July by Judge Philip Crayton.
Judge Crayton sentenced him to intense judicial supervision and monitoring, where a judge receives quarterly reports on the offender’s progress.
Townsend was convicted on his latest charge before Judge Crayton where he argued with the police prosecutor that it appeared from the summary that there was no “substantiated evidence that the victim was the target”.
“It doesn’t mean he’s any less a victim of what was done, but it does mean there doesn’t seem to be a basis why [victim] he was targeted for his role in the community. “
Judge Crayton said Townsend had just turned 24 at the time of the crime and was effectively “for various reasons out of control at this time.”
“He was behaving and making extremely rash choices that fueled the first series of car crimes … and are clearly behind what happened here.”
Judge Crayton said Townsend was fortunate to have committed to his intensive supervisory ruling and to have come out with “great maturity”.
He convicted Townsend and sentenced him to 200 hours of community work and ordered him to pay $ 1000 in reparation to the victim.
“I think I was targeted because I’m a cop”
Reading his statement on the victim’s impact to the court, the policeman explained how he now works in another city, having settled there for more than a decade, due to what happened.
“Although I have not received any physical injuries from this incident, the effects of the night have left me anxious, fearful in public and extremely cautious.”
Financial costs have continued to rise and would be for the foreseeable future, “with no end in sight”.
On the day of the incident, he said he knew most of Townsend’s friends, apart from Townsend who introduced himself to him.
He found out a few days later that his drink had been tampered with.
“That drug was oxycodone. This incident had a huge impact on me and I am currently seeking help with that.
“My anxiety is high and … this is the first time anyone has actually hurt me while I was off duty.
“I was threatened with killing while at work and was also assaulted, often resulting in minor injuries and on numerous occasions people who have dealt with people for work ended up in my residence and were verbally abused.
“I firmly believe that the incident that night … was solely due to my role as a policeman.
“I hadn’t met or confronted this person before that night, but my drink was the only one targeted and there were numerous other people in the bar at the time.”
“I was targeted because I am a policeman” – the policeman’s drink was drunk in the pub
Source“I was targeted because I am a policeman” – the policeman’s drink was drunk in the pub