Coast cops caught on the wrong side of the law
From a former officer who bashed a man who he thought was having an affair with his wife to a man who tried to claim more than $1 million from the tax office, here are the former cops who found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Ex-cop found with child porn, MDMA escapes jail time
A Coast businessman and former police officer was found with naked photos of underage girls, MDMA and capsicum spray in 2018.
Andrew Edward Blair, 45, avoided having a conviction recorded against him when he was sentenced to 12 months probation for possessing child exploitation material.
Crown prosecutor William Slack told Maroochydore District Court police found 15 photos of girls on Blair’s phone and two tablets when they raided his Mountain Creek property on May 6, 2018.
Blair was also found with one tablet of MDMA and capsicum spray which was the property of the NSW police force.
Blair pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and the unlawful possession of a weapon.
He had already entered his plea of guilty for possessing the child exploitation material.
Judge Glen Cash sentenced Blair to 12 months on probation and did not record a conviction.
Blair was not further punished for possessing dangerous drugs and a weapon.
‘Alone in a barn’: Former cop bashes man with wife
A former police officer and father of three threw a “flurry of punches” at a man who he thought had kissed his wife, Noosa Magistrates Court heard this month.
Former Toowoomba police officer Joshua Wiersma attacked his victim from behind at an ‘80s themed party on November 28 last year.
Police prosecutor Alison Johnstone said the victim was in a barn alone with Wiersma’s wife when he stormed through the closed doors.
“He (the victim) said she became flirtatious, tried to kiss him at that point … (Wiersma) came through the barn doors, he was screaming at his wife,” Sergeant Johnstone said.
The victim said he was walking to his car when he was hit from behind and Wiersma aimed a “flurry” of punches at his head.
The man suffered a cut below his right eye, severe bruising over his right jaw, swelling to his right ear and swelling and bruising over his scalp.
Wiersma’s account of the incident was different to his victim’s when he spoke to police.
The court heard Wiersma believed the man was taking advantage of his wife in her “stupefied” state.
“He was trying to get his wife to come to bed, she declined she insisted she wanted to stay in the barn with the complainant,” Sergeant Johnstone said.
“He witnessed the complainant and his wife being very close to one another … he said he thought the two had kissed or were about to kiss.”
Wiersma said he told the man to leave, the court heard.
“He grabbed the complainant by the collar, walked him out the barn door, they fell over in the gravel and he then started to punch him,” Sergeant Johnstone said.
Wiersma pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.
“I’ve heard you are a former police officer, if anyone should know about the dangers about starting to punch someone to the head repeatedly … it’s you,” magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said.
“This is highly dangerous conduct.”
He placed Wiersma on three months suspended sentence for three years and ordered him to pay $500 in compensation to the victim.
Ex-cop unleashes rage on wife’s former employer
A former cop and aspiring legal practitioner found himself on the wrong side of the law when he unleashed anger on his wife’s former employer.
Ryan Lindsay Jeffcoat, then 38, attended the Bowman Road real estate business on December 31, after his wife’s employment had been terminated at the end of a four-month probationary period.
Caloundra Magistrates Court heard Jeffcoat was “shaking with rage” and “in the face” of two real estate workers as they shielded a woman in the reception.
The court heard staff and clients were distressed and fearful when police arrived.
Officers told Jeffcoat to “calm down” and leave the premises, but he continued to be belligerent and combative.
He was arrested and police released Jeffcoat from the watch house on the condition he did not return to the business.
Jeffcoat pleaded guilty in 2019 to committing public nuisance.
Legal Aid officer Rachel Holland told the court Jeffcoat was on Work Cover and was a former New South Wales police officer diagnosed with “severe” post traumatic stress disorder.
“In any event he accepts he did overreact, he is very remorseful, he wants to eventually study law and practice and any conviction will impede that.”
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist ordered Jeffcoat be released upon entering into a $500 good behaviour bond for 12 months.