Tweed cop found not guilty of lying to integrity commission

A TWEED police officer has been cleared over allegations he lied about a wild weekend involving a group of senior colleagues on the Gold Coast.

Sergeant Roderick Morris was one of several officers hauled before the NSW Police Integrity Commission after evidence emerged of "hash cookies" and what appeared to be ecstasy pills being consumed in a hotel room.

Sydney Magistrate John Favretto has found Sgt Morris not-guilty of five counts of giving false/misleading evidence before the police watchdog.

The Downing Local Court previously heard Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission had installed secret cameras in two rooms in the lead up to the party following a tip off to Operation Ischia - an internal police investigation into drug use and supply.

The party had been the focus of a series of private hearings in 2011 which led to some of the officers being charged with criminal offences.

Investigators allege at least one of the rooms was paid for by former Tweed/Byron Inspector Shane Diehm, who like Sgt Morris, knew the other officers through their involvement with the NSW Police Wombats rugby team.

Diehm fronted a two-day hearing before a different magistrate last month and is expected to return to court in June.


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