A jury is deliberating in former Queensland police officer Rick Flori misconduct trial.A Gold Coast jury is considering its verdict after retiring in the misconduct trial of former Queensland police sergeant Rick Flori.
The jury retired just before 11am AEST on Tuesday following the six-day trial at the Southport District Court for Rick Flori, 47, a single charge of misconduct in a public office.
After five-and-a-half hours of deliberations, no verdict had been reached.
Flori, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, released footage of police at the Surfers Paradise station bashing a handcuffed man, Noa Begic, in a basement car park in January 2012.
Once the footage was run by The Courier-Mail, an internal investigation led to a search of Flori’s home, where the footage was located on an SD card.
Flori told investigators he’d acquired the footage for “training purposes” and denied knowing anything about the email address used to arrange the leak with a journalist.
Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said Flori was upset at being overlooked for a promotion to senior sergeant in 2011.
Once he realised the footage included the man who’d been given the promotion at his expense, Senior Sergeant David Joachim, he’d set about leaking it to discredit his rival, Mr Fuller argued.
Mr Fuller said in the email sent to the journalist, Flori failed to mention any of the other officers involved except for Snr Sgt Joachim, despite Senior Constable Ben Lamb being the man who kneed and punched Mr Begic.
“The email doesn’t even mention Constable Lamb,” Mr Fuller said.
“His attack is on David Joachim. Rank. Name. Position.”
Mr Lamb was later disciplined for his actions, receiving a suspended dismissal from the police service.
Flori’s defence barrister Saul Holt QC labelled the accusation of a vendetta from his client against Snr Sgt Joachim to be nonsense.
Mr Holt said Flori had made complaints about several other officers during his career and his behaviour towards Snr Sgt Joachim wasn’t exceptional.
“Rick Flori is happy to complain about anybody if the complaint is valid,” Mr Holt said.
“David Joachim is no more than a mild irritant in Rick Flori’s history of making complaints.”
Mr Holt said Flori’s motivation to leak the footage was “pure” and intended to ensure those responsible for the violent arrest were exposed.
“This incident is astonishing … the fact we know about it through the leak is a good thing,” he said.
Deliberations will resume on Wednesday.