Senior constable reprimanded over handling of rape case

THE sanction of a reprimand against a plain clothes detective for the manner in which she handled a woman's rape complaint in Toowoomba has been ratified by the Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal (QCAT).

Senior Constable Elizabeth Baldock had spoken with the woman at Toowoomba Hospital on July 10, 2011, after the woman made a complaint of rape.

After that conversation, the woman withdrew her complaint, QCAT heard.

However, after an Ethical Standards Command investigation, disciplinary proceedings were commenced against Snr Const. Baldock for potential misconduct arising from accusations she had spoken to the complainant inappropriately, that she failed to adequately investigate a rape complaint, and coerced a withdrawal of complaint from the rape complainant.

The matter was put before Assistant Commission Clement O'Regan who found her conduct amounted to a breach of discipline rather than misconduct and imposed a sanction of reprimand.

The Crime and Misconduct Commission then filed an application to review that decision.

In its judgement, handed down recently, QCAT found there was no deliberate attempt to pervert the course of justice by Snr Const. Baldock and confirmed the Assistant Commissioner's original sanction of a reprimand.