MIL-OSI Australia: Canadian man faces court for indecent acts on international flight

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 28-year-old Canadian national will face court today for allegedly performing indecent acts on a flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide last night (Thursday, 17 January).

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will allege that the man, who was travelling to Australia on a student visa, indecently assaulted two female cabin crew members.  He was restrained by crew and passengers and handcuffed for the remainder of the flight.

AFP and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers boarded the plane on its arrival into Adelaide to escort the man off the flight where he was later arrested and charged following interviews with witnesses.

AFP State Manager South Australia Commander Peter Sykora said any form of serious criminal behaviour on board an airline would be subject to the full force of the law.

“No one should be subjected to abusive acts in the course of carrying out their job as we will allege happened to these female cabin crew members,” Commander Sykora said.

“This should serve as a reminder to the community that authorities will not tolerate abhorrent behaviour, whether it’s in the air or on the ground.  The penalties can be severe.”

The man was transported to the Adelaide City Watch House and charged with two counts of Act of Indecency in the Third Degree (s.59 Crimes Act 1900 ACT) and one count of Act of Indecency Without Consent (s 60 Crimes Act 1900 ACT). The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 and 7 years respectively.

The man was remanded in custody overnight and is expected to appear before the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court today (Friday, 18 January) for a bail hearing.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Public servant charged with corruption offences

Source: Australian Federal Police

A former Australian Government executive is scheduled to face court today for allegedly fraudulently using government funds to make more than $400,000 worth of personal purchases.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will allege in court that the 44-year-old former Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) executive abused his position and resources to facilitate the illegal purchase of multiple personal items, including: a car, jet-ski, television, computer, tablet, smart-phone, clothes, a fitness tracker, and a high-quality road bicycle.

AFP officers conducted a search of the man’s Griffith home on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, seizing a number of items of evidence.

The investigation was launched after the alleged purchases were flagged by CSIRO internal processes and referred to the AFP

AFP acting Commander Criminal Assets, Fraud and Anti-Corruption, Kate Ferry, highlighted the importance of stamping out this kind of abuse of public office.

“Australian taxpayers put their trust in public officials to perform vital roles for our community. The alleged conduct of this man is an abuse of public office, and the AFP owes it to the community to investigate and prosecute such matters to the full extent of the law,” she said.

The 44-year-old man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court today on the following charges:

  • Dishonestly causing a loss to the Commonwealth, contrary to subsection 135.1(3) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • Intentionally making a false statement in a statutory declaration, contrary to section 11 Statutory Declarations Act 1959 (Cth).
  • Abuse of public office contrary to subsection 142.2(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • Using forged document contrary to subsection 145.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for the offences the man has been charged with is imprisonment for 10 years.

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