A Wellington man is seeking $10,000 in compensation from police after being arrested for trying to put his meal on John Key’s tab.
Kent Boyd and a friend spoke with Key at the Green Parrot in 2012, and claimed he agreed to pay their bill. Staff rejected this and Key’s security called police who later arrested Boyd and his friend. They were held overnight for theft and breaching bail of a past conviction.
Police later withdrew the theft charge and a judge ruled he hadn’t in fact breached bail. Boyd now wants Key to testify for his case against the police.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority cleared security staff of any wrongdoing, but Boyd maintains he was unable to ask Key to endorse his claim, and was arrested before being able to pay the bill himself.
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Boyd’s lawyer Chris Nicholls was told a potential police settlement offer made Key’s involvement “premature.”
Key’s office denied he offered to pay and said should Key be asked to testify, “he would deal with the matter at that time.”
“The Prime Minister did not offer to pay for the men’s meals and has no knowledge of how their bill was paid,” the spokesperson added.
Police denied Boyd’s allegations and will defend the proceedings.