Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne fronts court, matter adjourned to November

by | Aug 30, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne fronted court last Thursday in relation to an abuse of office charged laid by the NT Police.

Ms Gwynne did not enter a formal plea but she will defend the charge. The case was adjourned to November 11, with a brief of evidence ordered to be served by November 4.

Ms Gwynne is a former NT Police officer, best known for her role in the arrest of Peter Falconio’s killer Bradley Murdoch.

She was charged with abuse of office in July, following an investigation by the NT Police’s Special References Unit. The specifics of the allegation have not yet been aired in court but it relates to her work in the Children’s Commissioner role.

Ms Gwynne’s barrister Giles O’Brien-Hartcher asked for the matter to be adjourned.

In a statement at the time, Ms Gwynne called the charge “misconceived” and said she would defend it.

“Like every citizen I am entitled to the presumption of innocence, and I look forward to clearing my name,” she said.

Ms Gwynne has hired high-profile Sydney barrister Phillip Boulten SC, with local law firm Bowden McCormack assisting.

Ms Gwynne is on paid leave from the role of Children’s Commissioner. Anti discrimination commissioner Sally Sievers has been appointed to act as Children’s Commissioner in the interim.

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