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Reporter: Kerri Ritchie

TANYA NOLAN: The New Zealand police force is having a bad week. It began with the revelation that
an officer left behind a confidential document during a raid on a house owned by gang members.

Now police bosses have admitted a digital camera, containing hundreds of grisly crime scene photos,
was also left behind at another house during a separate raid.

But the trouble doesn't end there, as New Zealand correspondent Kerri Ritchie explains.

KERRI RITCHIE: 'Keystone cops' is a term being used quite a bit by New Zealanders this week.

First, there was the police officer who left behind a top secret file during a raid at a house in
Wellington. Unfortunately, the house was owned by Mongrel Mob bikie gang members. They got lucky
when they read about which police officers were involved in the operation and who was armed.

As if that wasn't bad enough, police bosses are now dealing with a far more serious blunder. New
Zealand man Chris Kidman has gone to the media with a DVD of gruesome photographs. The images were
off a camera, which a police officer had left behind during a raid back in December.

CHRIS KIDMAN: The police raided my friend's house and the next day it was found in between the
couch in his house.

KERRI RITCHIE: The camera was handed back to police a few days after the raid but someone had
copied all the photos.

Chris Kidman told Radio New Zealand someone close to him gave him the DVD.

CHRIS KIDMAN: It had pictures of a dead body on it, um, burglaries, a couple of ladies that had
been beaten up, car crashes; there's about 200 photos on it.

KERRI RITCHIE: Mr Kidman says that when he was arrested the other day he told police he had a DVD
containing hundreds of photos of victims of crime.

He claims the police officers just laughed at him.

CHRIS KIDMAN: Since I read the papers about the Mongrel Mob thing I decided to ring up 3 News and
tell them what I had. And then they come over and I willingly gave them the interview.

KERRI RITCHIE: Pieri Munro is the police superintendent for the Wellington district.

PIERI MUNRO: One of our officers has mislaid the camera. It had quite a number of shots on the SD
card within the camera and these have fallen into the wrong hands.

KERRI RITCHIE: He says his staff were up late last night ringing the people who are identifiable in
the photographs.

PIERI MUNRO: As a matter of priority, my staff were busy tracking down all those that were
identifiable, including the next of kin of the deceased person. And at 10pm last night all bar one
of those had been spoken to and apologised by my staff.

KERRI RITCHIE: In another twist, Chris Kidman is now alleging that his relatives were able to bribe

CHRIS KIDMAN: From what I know, it was given to my uncle's partner, which was then used to bribe
the CIB (Criminal Investigation Branch) to get his sentence reduced or lightened before his trial.

INTERVIEWER: So his partner said to the police, we've got this camera of yours. I'll give it back
if you'll go easy.

CHRIS KIDMAN: Yes, yes. Because he was going up on probably about five to six firearms; A-class,
B-class and C-class drugs; which he received two years for. You could ask everyone, everyone else's
opinion of around two years for around six loaded guns plus all the drugs he was caught with, two
years is a pretty light sentence.

KERRI RITCHIE: Police did write a letter to the judge in relation to the case but Superintendent
Munro won't reveal what it said. He says no deals were done and no bribes were considered.

PIERI MUNRO: Those are opinions that this gentlemen is putting across. Yeah, that is speculation.
Last night on TV it was inferred that there was plea bargaining. Let me absolutely refute that -
there was not.

KERRI RITCHIE: Chris Kidman admits he does have a criminal record but he says this isn't about
getting even with police. He just felt the public had a right to know they'd been let down.

CHRIS KIDMAN: They're supposed to be protecting us. Like if this DVD that I had had got into the
wrong position, that could have been all over Ebay or anything. You know, there could have been a
lot of distraught families out there.

KERRI RITCHIE: This is Kerri Ritchie in Auckland reporting for The World Today.