A Queensland police officer accused of releasing the personal details of a domestic violence victim to her former partner has lost a legal bid to have the case thrown out.
Senior Constable Neil Punchard was stood down from official duty in December 2018 after being charged with nine counts of using a restricted computer to cause detriment.
The charges relate to complaints that he accessed the confidential police database Q-PRIME to look up a woman’s personal details, then passing them on to her former partner, who was subject to an ongoing domestic violence order (DVO).
Lawyers from the Queensland Police Union (QPU) applied for a permanent stay of proceedings in Brisbane’s Magistrates Court on Monday.
Magistrate Belinda Merrin refused the bid, saying she was unable to accept there was any evidence to the claim that Senior Constable Punchard’s compelled interview “infected” the criminal investigation.
“I am of the view that there has been no abuse of process,” she said.
“The applicant has not established that there will be any disadvantage to him.
“In those circumstances there is no basis to grant him a stay [of proceedings].”
The case will be mentioned again on September 11.