Senior Constable David Hill.
Senior Constable David Hill. DEAN LEWINS

UPDATE: Ballina cop to wait months for final verdict

UPDATE, 3.20pm: A SINGLE allegation still remains outstanding against the senior police officer involved on the night of the Corey Barker incident in January 2011.

Yesterday and this morning a District Court jury delivered a not guilty verdict to all indictable charges levelled at the six police officers involved in the incident.

However, police officer David Hill will be forced to wait until March to find out the result of an allegation that he gave misleading evidence to the Police Integrity Commission over the incident.

The charge is not indictable, which means a jury is not required.

Instead the District Court judge Leonie Flannery who presided over the officers' trial will hear the matter on March 10 next year.

The PIC launched an investigation into the conduct of the officers on the night and held a public hearing in early 2013.

It ultimately recommended charges be laid against the officers.

 

UPDATE 11:15am: A DISTRICT Court jury has just acquitted police officer David Hill of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice over the Corey Barker incident in Ballina in 2011.

The jury's verdict follows yesterday's acquittal of Mr Hill and three of his Ballina police colleagues for the alleged assault of Mr Barker at the Ballina police station in 2011.

All six officers caught up in the trial, which involved both common assault and perjury charges, have now been acquitted.

Corey Barker (left) leaves the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) with his mother Angelique Sines (right) after giving evidence in Sydney on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. The PIC is investigating an alleged police assault in a Ballina cell by a group of officers on Mr Barker on Jan. 14, 2011. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
Corey Barker (left) leaves the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) with his mother Angelique Sines (right) after giving evidence in Sydney on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. The PIC is investigating an alleged police assault in a Ballina cell by a group of officers on Mr Barker on Jan. 14, 2011. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING DEAN LEWINS

UPDATE 10am: THE JURY deliberating in the Corey Barker police bashing trial have acquitted all four accused officers of assault.

But jurors have still not delivered a verdict on whether one of the officers is guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

David Hill, who was a senior constable on the night of 2011 incident in Ballina, is accused of making a false statement under oath, perjury to procure a conviction or acquittal of a serious offence, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The allegations concern Mr Hill's conduct following the events of 2011 and the assault charges against Corey Barker which were ultimately thrown out of court.

All three charges against Mr Hill have been relisted for deliberation today by the jury in Sydney, with District Court judge Leonie Flannery presiding.

Two other officers not involved in the alleged bashing have also been found not guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

THE CHARGES

Luke Mewing

Common assault: NOT GUILTY

Pervert the course of justice: NOT GUILTY

Perjury to procure conviction/acquittal serious offence: NOT GUILTY

Make false statement on oath amounting to perjury: NOT GUILTY

David Hill

Common assault: NOT GUILTY

Pervert the course of justice - awaiting verdict

Perjury to procure conviction/acquittal serious offence - awaiting verdict

Make false statement on oath amounting to perjury - awaiting verdict

Ryan Charles Eckersley

Common assault: NOT GUILTY

Pervert the course of justice: NOT GUILTY

Perjury to procure conviction/acquittal serious offence: NOT GUILTY

Make false statement on oath amounting to perjury: NOT GUILTY

Lee David Walmsley

Pervert the course of justice: NOT GUILTY

Perjury to procure conviction/acquittal serious offence: NOT GUILTY

Make false statement on oath amounting to perjury: NOT GUILTY

Robert McCubben

Pervert the course of justice: NOT GUILTY

Mark Woolven

Pervert the course of justice: NOT GUILTY

 

WEDNESDAY 9.05am: police officers accused of bashing a man who was in custody at the Ballina police station have been found not guilty, the ABC has reported.

David Hill, Luke Mewing, Lee Walmsley and Ryan Eckersley were on trial in Sydney accused of bashing Corey Barker in 2011.

The ABC last night reported the jury acquitted all four officers of common assault.

"They and two other police who were on duty that day were also cleared of attempting to pervert the course of justice," the ABC report stated.

"Prosecutors had earlier claimed the officers falsely stated Mr Barker had punched Mr Hill.

"One of the officers had admitted to getting it wrong after reviewing the evidence.

"But lawyers for two of the other officers had tried to question the reliability of CCTV footage the prosecution relied on when arguing Mr Barker did not throw punches.

"Defence lawyers had also pointed to a gap of several months between the incident and the time the officers' statements were taken."

The ABC said the jury will continue deliberating today on charges against officer Hill, of making a false statement and perjury.



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