The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
OFFICERS ON ASS AULT AND DRINK -DRIVE CHARGES
AN ugly feud has split a Queensland police station, with a male officer charged with assaulting a female sergeant and the man’s partner – also a cop – nabbed for drink-driving.
The assault allegedly took place at Warwick police station last month and led to the male officer being placed in the watch-house.
The drink-driving charge is believed to have happened after Warwick officer Senior Constable Brett Hughes and his partner, Senior Constable Morgen Grigg, were seen by fellow officers drowning their sorrows at local watering hole after Hughes was charged with assault and stood down from duty.
Court documents allege the assault took place in the constables’ day room at Warwick station on July 31.
Documents allege that the acting officer-in-charge, Senior-Sergeant Lisa Self, was talking with three officers and had her back to the door. Senior Constable Hughes allegedly entered the room “and without warning, walked directly into the complainant”, knocking her forward.
Sen Constable Hughes was charged on August 3 with assault and put through the Warwick watch-house – an embarrassment police and legal sources say is almost unheard of for a police officer, especially one charged with a minor offence. “They ASSAULT CHARGE: Senior Constable
Brett Hughes. Picture: Deanna Millard
APN would almost always be given a notice to appear (in court),’’ a source said.
Senior Constable Grigg, 37, was nabbed for alleged mid-range drink-driving as she and Senior Constable Hughes, 43, allegedly drove home from a local club.
Senior Constable Hughes was suspended while his partner was stood down. Hughes and Grigg are defending the charges. Both are due to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court on September 9.