Suspended constable Andrew O'Brien (left) at Bowen courthouse where he appeared on charges of misconduct in relation to public office and computer misuse in May and October this year.
Suspended constable Andrew O'Brien (left) at Bowen courthouse where he appeared on charges of misconduct in relation to public office and computer misuse in May and October this year.

Bowen cop accused of interfering in police investigation

A SUSPENDED Bowen cop accused of interfering in a police investigation and accessing confidential information will relocate to Western Australia as matters play out in court.

He is facing up to seven years jail if convicted of the most serious offence.

Andrew O'Brien made his first appearance in Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday on six charges committed in May and October this year.

He has been suspended from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

Suspended constable Andrew O'Brien leaves Bowen courthouse where he appeared on charges of misconduct in relation to public office and computer misuse in May and October this year.
Suspended constable Andrew O'Brien leaves Bowen courthouse where he appeared on charges of misconduct in relation to public office and computer misuse in May and October this year.

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The 32-year-old constable is charged with one count of misconduct in relation to a public office - deal with information, which has a maximum penalty of seven years jail.

He is also facing five counts of using a restricted computer without consent in relation to the QPS QPRIME system, which has a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.

Solicitor Peta Vernon, acting as town agent for Gnech and Associates, requested the case be adjourned until next month.

"There has been some case conferencing that is occurring and is ongoing," Ms Vernon said.

"My instructions are to seek a three-week adjournment."

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Ms Vernon also sought Const. O'Brien's appearance be excused at the next court mention explaining he would be relocating to Western Australia "as soon as this finishes today".

The court heard he would have to return to have the case finalised.

Matters were adjourned to December 15 and his appearance was excused.


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