Former Tas cop in court over strip-search

A female police officer in Tasmania who fake-arrested her 11-year-old nephew causing him to be strip-searched and locked alone in a prison cell has dodged having a conviction recorded.

Maurine Riziki, 29, was pressured by her Congolese family to show the boy some discipline, Hobart Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.

Riziki, who has since lost her job with Tasmania Police, was off-duty and plain-clothed when she took the boy to the Hobart Reception Centre on January 14, 2019.

The former special constable told correctional officers to treat him like any other inmate.

The boy was strip-searched and taken to a prison cell, where he spent about ten minutes before correctional officers raised the alarm after not receiving paperwork.

Magistrate Michael Daly noted Riziki was put under significant pressure from an authoritarian family but showed "terrible judgment".

"That was a very vulnerable little boy," he said, describing the case as very unusual.

"You knew unless there were charges he should never have been taken near a police station.

"You should never have said what you said to the officers. You placed them in a terrible position."

Riziki pleaded guilty to one count of assault, having instigated the strip search which was unlawful.

She had gone to a family dispute on the night of January 14, caused by the boy's bad behaviour, the court heard.

Riziki's lawyer Greg Barns described her actions as out-of-character and said she had joined the police force to make a difference.

"Her dreams (have been) shattered," he said.

Riziki, born in the Congo, was a refugee in Uganda before coming to Australia.

In sentencing, Magistrate Daly said Riziki had already suffered significantly having lost her job and been the focus of media attention.

He recorded no conviction and ordered she be of good behaviour for two years.