Corruption case is sent back to Albury

A CORRUPTION case against a former Albury police officer has been sent back to the Albury court circuit amid questions on why it was being dealt with in Wagga.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood yesterday ordered the case against Regina Watson be transferred back to Albury after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions failed to present a strong enough argument for it to remain in Wagga.

Watson is facing charges of making a collusive agreement with a NSW Police Force member.

It is alleged she tried to make a collusive agreement with a police force member twice last year.

John Hall, of the DPP, said he was instructed for the matter to remain in Wagga on the basis the charges related to collusion and her co-accused was being dealt with in the Albury court circuit.

Ms Greenwood said there was no reason why the two matters wouldn’t be handled in a way to avoid the same court date in Albury.

“As I understand, it relates to Albury,” she said.

“I can’t see why it can’t be managed there.”

She ordered the matter back to Albury Local Court on March 10.

Magistrate Tony Murray, who is based at Albury, had previously questioned why the matter was being dealt with away from the Albury circuit.

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