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Diehm found guilty of lying to commission

Insp Shane Diehm
Insp Shane Diehm

UPDATE 11.45am: FORMER Lismore detective and Tweed Byron police Crime Manager Shane Diehm has been jailed for at least six months for lying to the Police Integrity Commission.

When handing down the sentence at the Downing Centre Local Court this morning, Magistrate Ellen Skinner said police and politicians should fear lying to watchdogs, AAP reported.

Despite saying the sentence gave her no pleasure, Ms Skinner said the sentence was necessary to 'scare' politicians and police officers into understanding that you 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," Ms Skinner said.

Ms Skinner said people would continue to lie to commissions unless there was a 'large stick' hanging over them and they knew if they got caught they would go to jail.

Diehm pleaded guilty to two counts of giving false information to the PIC in relation to a drug fuelled Gold Coast weekend in October 2011 with serving and former colleagues.

After initially denying he had consumed drugs, Diehm admitted he had taken drugs after the PIC was played a secretly recorded video of officers consuming what appeared to be hash cookies and ecstasy.

Diehm is expected to lodge an appeal over the sentence today, which Ms Skinner acknowledged.

Ms Skinner indicated Diehm would be granted bail once the appeal was lodged and it was unlikely the former cops first night behind bars would be tonight.

 

ORIGINAL: A FORMER Lismore and Tweed detective has been found guilty of lying to the Police Integrity Commission about a drug fuelled weekend with fellow officers in 2011.

Appearing in Downing Centre Local Court this morning, Shane Diehm's explanation that he "didn't remember" other serving and former officers taking drugs in October 2011, was rejected by Magistrate Ellen Skinner, AAP reported.

Ms Skinner said there was no medical explanation to explain 49-year-old Diehm's selective memory failure.

"My conclusion is this was a highly memorable weekend," she told the court.

The PIC has previously heard the officers were captured on hidden camera consuming what appeared to be hash cookies and ecstasy.

"The parties were comfortable taking drugs and distributing drugs,"  Ms Skinner said.

Last month Diehm told the PIC he had no reason to protect the other officers.

"I'm not naive enough to believe that I was the only one who (took drugs) ... But if I had to guess who I saw or what the footage showed, I have no recollection."

Ms Skinner said Diehm's lies to the PIC and before the local court showed he had little remorse, and a term of imprisonment would be appropriate.

The hearing continues today.

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