Errant police drop charges against Walter in Cairns Magistrates Court
by Gil Hanrahan in Townsville
Vexatious assault charges against David Walter by two Cairns court protective officers were dropped today at a trial in the Cairns Magistrates Court.
On the second day of the hearing, Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo allowed the police prosecutor to discontinue.
After eight witnesses for the defence gave their evidence that Walter did not assault the police officers, the prosecutor dropped the charges, which if found guilty, could have seen Walter jailed for a considerable time.
The moral of this story is that the bull-headed police, as most journalists know, form the thick blue line, and the prosecutor and the DPP are not afraid of spending more than $40,000 of Cairns Police District’s scant taxpayer operational funds to pursue a knowingly vexatious charge against a former senior police officer with 37 years unblemished service.
Details of Charge:
Charge 1 of 2 Bench Charge Sheet reference: 1701928063
Criminal Code (CC) – [CC] 340(2AA)(a)&(a)(ii) Serious assault public officer performing function causing bodily harm.
That on the 22nd day of May 2017 at Cairns City in the State of Queensland one David John Walter unlawfully assaulted Mark Francis Webb a public officer whilst Mark Francis Webb was performing a function of his office and it is further alleged that the assault by the said David John Walter caused bodily harm to the said public official.
Charge 2 of 2 Bench Charge Sheet reference: 1701928080
Criminal Code (CC) – [CC] 340(1)(a) Serious assault with intent to commit crime or resist arrest.
That on the 22nd day of May 2017 at Cairns City in the State of Queensland one David John Walter assaulted Matthew David Trezise with intent to prevent the lawful arrest of the said David John Walter.
Address of offence: CAIRNS MAGISTRATES COURT, SHERIDAN ST, CAIRNS CITY, QLD 4870
Occurrence no.: QP1700886562 QPS Reference: Senior Constable C. ERHARDT, 4019883, CAIRNS CIB.
Witnesses said Walter was able to get his entire argument about the court having no authority into the record in spite of the protestations of the prosecutor.
This has been a great day for the vague semblance of justice left in the corporate court system, run by judicial officers who are inside the corporation and lawfully, can only preside over civil matters to do with members of political parties.
Former Labor Premier Peter Beattie’s removal of the Crown in 2001 from the State of Queensland is now coming back to bite him.
These comments have been made by Romley Stewart who attended the court today:
“I know all about the brutality of the Queensland Police and the Government, its a shame because believe it or not, it was the honest Police that told the truth on the stand and could not back up the lies of the one that lied under oath.
I called into the Court today and made a verbal complaint against the officer that lied under oath, the hearing was still going I think, the lying officer was the one that punched me in the back while I was in the watch house, I made a complaint to Sargent Dwan (Nice man) of the Cairns police and he asked me to please keep it internal, which I did and after seeing the same man lying under oath in David’s case, I went and made the complaint that I should have stuck to my guns and made the complaint formal in the first place… Both magistrate Bentley and the Lying Officer should be removed from Queensland Police and the Court…
David raised some very concerning points about the conduct of Queensland Police and Queensland Government while in Court, and even the Magistrate, as good as he was, seemed concerned about the research done by David in relation to the validity of governments since Whitlam signed the UNIDROIT treaty of Rome in 1973 and in relation to the registration of Australian governments being registered to the US SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, being a foreign banking system.
In relation to the Magistrate Rinaudo, and Magistrates like Magistrate Comens, as corrupt as the system may be, such man do consider and are interested in knowing the truth before making judgement within their Star chamber courts. Well done David, and thanks to Magistrate Rinaudo, for his conduct as well… He respected David from the beginning and gave David plenty of scope in order to get the truth out of this matter…”