Wainuiomata: Horse Riding School will not be charged

Police will not be laying charges against a Wainuiomata riding school that was investigated by a child abuse squad – despite having enough evidence.

In April (see earlier story), police issued a warning to Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata parents after a flyer advertising a school holiday riding programme organised by the company Horse Lovers was sent out to hundreds of parents with a primary school newsletter. Police said they had concerns about the organisation running the programme.

But Detective Sergeant Brent Murray confirmed today that no charges would be laid against two employees at the school. Though police had interviewed two children and had amassed enough evidence, Mr Murray said the alleged assaults were minor. The children’s parents did not want to put them through the trauma of the court process. “On the balance of our interviews and in consultation with the complainants, we have dealt with the complaints in the most appropriate way, which in this case did not involve prosecution,” he said. “Community safety is a priority for police especially when it comes to young people. I’m pleased with the work we’ve done in terms of providing the complainants with some reassurance and collating the information in a timely manner,” he said.

 Mr Murray understood Horse Lovers had closed down and would not reopen. Confidentiality and privacy issues meant police were unable to go into details of the complaints made or the identity of individuals.