The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

MASTER OF SUS­PENDS Po­lice tour de force in dis­ci­plinary ac­tion

- DAVID MUR­RAY

A NIGHT­CLUB owner’s son and sus­pected drug traf­ficker who crashed into a parked car and did not leave his de­tails was let off by po­lice with only a mi­nor charge of un­li­censed driv­ing.

The Mackay of­fi­cer who han­dled the case has been sus­pended with­out pay for more than a year pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, court doc­u­ments show.

Con­sta­ble Christo­pher O’Keefe told in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tors he thought the driver left his de­tails but a record­ing emerged of a sergeant telling him at the scene it was a hi­tand-run ac­ci­dent. He has de­nied any wrong­do­ing and is seek­ing re­in­state­ment.

It’s one of five cases in which the po­lice union has gone to the Supreme Court to try to force the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice to pro­vide writ­ten rea­sons for of­fi­cers be­ing stood down or sus­pended. In the other cases: Nathan Ir­win was stood down on May 13 for: mak­ing false en­tries in a first year con­sta­ble’s learn­ing port­fo­lio; us­ing ex­ces­sive force against peo­ple in po­lice cus­tody; wil­ful dam­age of a ve-

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