Wodonga cop trio charged

THREE Wodonga police officers have been suspended from duty and will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court in December.

Senior constables Ben Hamilton, Mark Deegan and Owen Clarke will face court on multiple charges including attempting and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The trio were interviewed by Victoria Police’s ethical standards department on August 31 and subsequently charged.

Hamilton will face charges of exceeding speed in a 110km/h zone by more than

10km/h, but less than 25km/h, attempting to pervert the course of justice, conspiring to pervert the course of justice and police make use of information contrary to duty.

Deegan and Clarke will face charges of attempt to pervert the course of justice, conspire to pervert the course of justice and police make use of information contrary to duty.

Charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiring to pervert the course of justice carry jail terms in Victoria and other states.

Hamilton and Deegan are members of the uniform branch and Clarke is a highway patrol officer.

Wodonga police chief Insp Tony Davis declined to comment on the charges, but police media released a statement after the charges were laid.

“Three senior constables from an eastern Victoria police station were interviewed by ethical standards department in relation to allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice,” the statement said.

“The three members were charged and suspended from duty and are due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court later this year.

“As the matters are now before the courts no further comment will be made.”

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