Cash ended bash com­plaint

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A MAN “beaten” in the Surfers Par­adise po­lice sta­tion car park re­ceived a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment be­fore he dropped a crim­i­nal com­plaint against four of­fi­cers, a court was told yes­ter­day.

Noa Begic had orig­i­nally made a crim­i­nal com­plaint against the of­fi­cers days af­ter the in­ci­dent.

It was not un­til months later he dropped the crim­i­nal com­plaint fol­low­ing a civil set­tle­ment.

For­mer high rank­ing Gold Coast po­lice of­fi­cer Rick Flori is on trial in the South­port District Court on two counts of mis­con­duct for al­legedly leak­ing CCTV footage of four of­fi­cers ar­rest­ing Mr Begic.

The footage shows one of­fi­cer, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ben­jamin Lamb, strik­ing Mr Begic six times and knee­ing him twice dur­ing an ar­rest on Jan­u­ary 29, 2012.

District duty of­fi­cer Se­nior Sergeant David Joachim is shown throw­ing a bucket of water to wash blood off the ce­ment.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Glenn Mor­ris, of the Po­lice Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Com­mand, in­ves­ti­gated the com­plaint by Mr Begic and yes­ter­day told the court he was aware a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment had been made.

“Mr Begic was ques­tioned and asked (if he wanted to make a com­plaint) and he in­di­cated that he didn’t wish to make a crim­i­nal com­plaint,” he said.

Det Insp Mor­ris said he was not sure how long af­ter the fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment of the civil mat­ter that Mr Begic with­drew the com­plaint.

He said he found Sen-Const Lamb used ex­ces­sive force dur­ing the ar­rest.

He said crim­i­nal as­sault charges could not be pur­sued against the of­fi­cer without a crim­i­nal com­plaint from Mr Begic.

Flori was linked to the re­lease of tapes af­ter the IP ad­dress of the email used to send the footage to me­dia was found to be the same as his Ashmore home.

The Crown has al­leged Flori re­leased the tape af­ter Mr Joachim beat him out of a pro­mo­tion to district duty of­fi­cer.

An au­dio record­ing of the po­lice search of Flori’s home af­ter the footage was re­leased was played to the court yes­ter­day.

“Dave Joachim has been as nice as pie,” Flori is heard to say on the tape.

“He was a cham­pion.” Dur­ing the search Flori also tells of­fi­cers he had taken a copy of the footage for pro­fes­sional use and to en­sure some­thing sim­i­lar did not hap­pen again.

He also was heard say­ing if of­fi­cers he was work­ing with be­haved in a sim­i­lar way as por­trayed in the footage, he would be con­cerned.

Sergeant An­drew Wil­liams said he heard Flori say he had con­cerns about the pro­mo­tion of Mr Joachim to district duty of­fi­cer.

Flori had also ap­plied for the pro­mo­tion.

Mr Joachim, who re­tired in 2013, was seen in the CCTV footage wash­ing blood from ce­ment.

“He (Flori) said he had con­cerns about a ra­dio project Joachim was in­volved in,” Sgt Wil­liams said.

The trial will con­tinue on Mon­day.


Brock Hunter of Whips and Co get­ting ready for The Sur­rounds Sum­mer So­cial to­day.

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