Home truths bat­tle


Herald Sun - - NEWS - SHANNON DEERY [email protected] @s_deery

A DEC­O­RATED po­lice sergeant is ac­cused of us­ing fake iden­ti­ties, ly­ing to bank staff, sign­ing false statu­tory dec­la­ra­tions, ly­ing to coun­cil work­ers and us­ing the Vic­to­ria Po­lice data­base to ac­cess re­stricted in­for­ma­tion to steal peo­ple’s homes.

Sergeant Rosa Cather­ine Rossi is fac­ing 20 charges fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Vic­to­ria’s In­de­pen­dent Broad-based Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

It is al­leged she took pos­ses­sion of va­cant prop­er­ties across the state over an 18month pe­riod.

Sgt Rossi, a dec­o­rated Vic­to­ria Po­lice of­fi­cer who was awarded a group citation medal for merit in the 2012-2013 fi­nan­cial year, said she was look­ing for­ward to her day in court so that she could tell her side of the story.

Ac­cord­ing to Vic­to­ria Po­lice, the medal is awarded “to an em­ployee who has demon­strated ex­em­plary ser­vice to Vic­to­ria Po­lice and the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity”.

Court doc­u­ments list 16 in­di­vid­ual vic­tims in re­la­tion to prop­er­ties in Malvern East, Chad­stone, and Brook­lyn, and three prop­er­ties in Wil­laura, in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

Sgt Rossi is ac­cused of ly­ing to lock­smiths to gain ac­cess to sev­eral prop­er­ties.

She has also been ac­cused of wear­ing her po­lice uni­form to in­duce a coun­cil worker to pro­vide her with con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.

She faced the Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

It was her first court ap­pear­ance since she was charged in Novem­ber last year.

But the hear­ing was over within min­utes, as her lawyers sought more time to pre­pare her de­fence to the charges against her, given the vol­ume of ev­i­dence that has been pre­pared by po­lice.

Out­side the court, Sgt Rossi tried to evade a wait­ing me­dia pack, but said she was look­ing for­ward to her day in court.

The IBAC in­ves­ti­ga­tion also re­sulted in the charg­ing of a po­lice in­spec­tor with per­jury, mak­ing a false or mislead­ing state­ment, and fail­ing to pro­duce a doc­u­ment.

Pro­ceed­ings in that case are due to be­gin at Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court next month.

Sgt Rossi is due to re­turn to court in March.

Pic­ture: AAP

Sgt Rosa Rossi leaves court yes­ter­day.

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