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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