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Accused officer seeks secret report

Magistrates’ Court (File photograph)

A lawyer representing a police officer and his wife in a harassment case is seeking information from a report into allegations of misconduct by Stephen Corbishley, the former Commissioner of Police.

Jerome Lynch, KC, counsel for Mark Monk and Tricia Monk, argued that the results of the inquiry by Andrew Bermingham could affect his client’s case.

At a hearing in Magistrates’ Court yesterday, magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered the Crown to reach out to Government House and attempt to obtain a copy of the report.

If the Crown is provided with the report, they would be tasked with reviewing it to determine what, if any, information needs to be disclosed to the defence and redacting the report accordingly.

Government House has previously refused disclosure of the report to The Royal Gazette on the basis that it “would or could reasonably be expected to prejudice the prevention, detection or investigation of a breach or possible breach of the law”.

It was also stated that the disclosure could “prejudice the effectiveness of tests, examinations, investigations, inquiries or audits” conducted by Government House and to "prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs“.

Mr Monk, 39, has denied allegations that he used a phone to cause Mr Corbishley “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety” between June 8 and July 19 last year.

He has further denied using a phone to harass Superintendent Gillian Murray, then head of the service’s professional standards department, between May 5 and August 27 last year.

Mr Monk has also denied an attempted perversion of the course of justice by harassing investigating officers and falsely accusing them of perjury between June 9 and July 16 last year.

Ms Monk, also 39, has denied using a phone to harass Ms Murray between May 22 and July 14 last year.

The matter is set to return to the courts next month to be mentioned.

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