From the Nelson Mail
A Golden Bay couple suing police for being wrongly targeted in a 1080 blackmail investigation have been shocked to discover their home was bugged.
Rolf and Ute Kleine, who run teahouse and bakery Takaka Infusion, obtained police documents through their lawyer in November that reveal their house was bugged with a surveillance device 20 days prior to a police search of their home in 2015.
The Kleines have lodged a statement of claim with the Nelson High Court and are suing police next year.
They say both searches and their warrant applications were unlawful and illegal, and they had been inaccurately profiled by police seeking those responsible for a threat to Fonterra to put 1080 pesticide into baby milk formula.
In one of the police documents the couple obtained, Senior Sergeant Aaron Pascoe wrote that “very little” conversation could be picked up through the surveillance device planted in their home.
“I believe that the lack of evidence to date from the Surveillance Device warrant is either due to the poor quality…, or an indication that Rolf Kleine has acted alone (so he has not spoken to his wife about what he has done), or both,” he wrote.
Rolf Kleine said the whole thing “keeps getting worse and worse”.
“Police didn’t find anything, not even a little bit against us, and they just kept going and kept going with no evidence at all,” he said.
Ute Kleine said the couple used to joke that police might have bugged their home, but when it was revealed they really had, they were left reeling again.
“It’s different if it’s your phone than if it’s really your private room, and they can listen to everything you say and do,” she said.
“When I am at home, sometimes I have this feeling, ‘is there somebody listening to me?’ It’s not a good feeling at all. Other times I wonder how many times did they actually enter our house; it must have been at least three times.”