FOOTAGE from a motel party at the centre of a major undercover sting targeting drug use in Northern NSW Police ranks has been played in a Sydney courtroom.
Former Tweed/Byron Inspector Shane Diehm is facing a two-day hearing over allegations he lied to the NSW Police Integrity Commission about events which took place on the night of a retirement party for former Detective Superintendent John Alt.
He is one of several senior police officers - both former and current - charged with giving false evidence during a string of private hearings in 2011 which related to Operation Ischia, an internal investigation into the use and supply of drugs amongst NSW police officers.
The Downing Local Court heard that during the course of the investigation, the NSW PIC suspected drugs were being obtained for the party and arranged for the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission to put video surveillance in two Gold Coast hotel rooms.
Phone taps allegedly revealed one of the rooms had been paid for by Diehm and attendees would include Alt, former Hunter Valley Inspector Matthew Dennis, police officer turned Federal police air marshal Darren Kolosque and serving Mullumbimby Sergeant Roderick Morris.
Diehm took notes throughout the morning and repeatedly shook his head as video excerpts from the night in question were played.
His defence team acknowledged Diem was at the party but denied it was him who could be heard during an alleged discussion about drugs, saying the words … "it takes three f***ing months to get out of your system".
The hearing continues.
cqnews.com.au 24 Mar 2014