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Noa Begic had originally made a criminal complaint against the officers days after the incident.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