Former cop avoids jail after lying about drug-fuelled party
A DISGRACED former Tweed-Byron cop has avoided jail and conviction for lying about a drug-fuelled weekend with other police officers at the Gold Coast.
Shane Diehm, a former detective inspector based at Byron Bay, has had a six-month jail term overturned on appeal.
He pleaded guilty last year to misleading the Police Integrity Commission about a two-day party in 2010 at which officers took what looked like ecstasy, marijuana cookies and drank to excess.
Acting on a tip-off through an internal police investigation into drug use and supply, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission had secretly installed cameras and sound recorders in two hotel rooms before the officers arrived.
Footage recorded inside a hotel room was played throughout the trial, with one officer being described as the "master chef" of the hash cookies.
A transcript included a conversation in which someone asked: "Where are the pills? We've paid a couple of hundred dollars for those f***ers".
The officers all knew each other through the NSW Police Wombats rugby union team.
Diehm confessed before the commission to taking drugs during the binge weekend, but said he was so inebriated he had no memory of any other officers doing the same.
He tested positive to cocaine after the party.
Diehm told the court his life had spiralled into a dangerous mix of work, binge drinking, depression and post-traumatic stress in the lead-up to the drugged-up weekend.
He was sentenced to six months jail but granted immediate bail awaiting his appeal.
The jail term and conviction have now been quashed on appeal and replaced with a two-year good behaviour bond.