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Mr P was charged with aggravated robbery. In a statement to the police he made a full confession to the offence.

A challenge was made to the admissibility of the statement.

This was on the basis that in taking the statement his rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act had been breached and that the rules of fairness had also been breached. The Court accepted both arguments.

The statement was ruled inadmissible and the charge was dismissed.