Diehm to appeal jail sentence

Insp Shane Diehm
Insp Shane Diehm

FORMER Lismore detective Shane Diehm has lodged an appeal against a six-month jail sentence after he was found guilty of lying to the Police Integrity Commission.

Diehm, 49, began crying when Magistrate Ellen Skinner sentenced him to a maximum of 12 months' jail, with a non-parole period of six months, at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court yesterday.

The former Tweed Byron police Crime Manager was hauled before the PIC in October 2011 after it emerged he was involved in a drug-fuelled weekend on the Gold Coast with current and former officers in 2010.

Police were secretly filmed consuming what appeared to be hash cookies and ecstasy over the weekend at a Gold Coast unit.

Just months before he first fronted the PIC in October 2011, Diehm was suspended from duty for testing positive to cocaine after a colleague's retirement party in August 2011.

Yesterday, Diehm's barrister, Tim Watts, told The Northern Star his client initially had told the PIC on July 23 he had never consumed drugs, but after a two-hour adjournment he admitted he had.

Diehm then entered two guilty pleas to two counts of giving false information in relation to his drug-taking.

After admitting to the PIC he consumed illicit drugs, Diehm maintained he had no memory of current or former officers taking drugs on the weekend in 2010, despite being shown video evidence of it occurring.

Diehm argued he could not remember large parts of the weekend due to the amount of alcohol he consumed.

Yesterday, Ms Skinner said she did not accept Diehm's explanation that he could not remember and there was no medical evidence to explain his selective memory failure.

"My conclusion is this was a highly memorable weekend," she said.

Ms Skinner said Diehm's lies to the PIC and then before the local court showed he had little remorse.

Ms Skinner said it was necessary to "scare" politicians and police into understanding that one cannot lie to watchdogs, such as the PIC and ICAC, without consequences.

"The only promise that is required for them (at the PIC or ICAC) is that they tell the truth," she said.

Ms Skinner said people would continue lying to commissions, unless there was a "large stick" hanging over them and they knew if they got caught they would go to jail. Diehm's appeal is listed for mention in the Downing Centre District Court on Sept-ember 24.

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