Vic­tim’s fury as cop keeps job de­spite us­ing data­base

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A QUEENS­LAND cop who used the of­fi­cial po­lice data­base to share a Gold Coast mum’s home ad­dress with her for­mer hus­band bound by a re­strain­ing or­der – and then joked about it – has avoided the sack.

Al­most nine months af­ter the shock­ing al­le­ga­tions were re­vealed, an in­ter­nal af­fairs po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion has de­ter­mined Bris­bane Se­nior Con­sta­ble Neil Pun­chard should re­ceive “dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions”, but it is un­der­stood he was not sus­pended.

The ter­ri­fied woman, who has been forced to move house, said she was dis­gusted by the de­ci­sion and has now ap­pealed to the Par­lia­men­tary Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mit­tee to re­view the case. She has also sought an ur­gent meet­ing with State MP Shan­non Fen­ti­man, the Min­is­ter for the Pre­ven­tion of Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence.

The Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Com­mand in­ves­ti­ga­tion ruled that the al­le­ga­tions against Sen-Con­sta­ble Pun­chard were sub­stan­ti­ated and im­posed “dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions”, but in a state­ment re­fused to say what those sanc­tions were.

It comes just a week af­ter an­other po­lice of­fi­cer, caught us­ing the QPRIME data­base to look up net­ball star Laura Geitz out of cu­rios­ity, pleaded guilty to hack­ing charges and was fined $4000.

The Gold Coast mother-ofthree whose file was ac­cessed by Sen-Con­sta­ble Pun­chard said it beg­gared be­lief that the two of­fi­cers re­ceived such vastly dif­fer­ent pun­ish­ments.

“How is it that an of­fi­cer can look up a net­ball player and get crim­i­nally charged and an­other who has com­pletely be­trayed my trust is not sub­jected to fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion?” she said. “I feel like the safety of my­self and my fam­ily is now at risk.”

Con­sta­ble Neil Pun­chard. JEREMY PIERCE

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