Alleged corrupt cop allowed overseas
May 2, 2011
A FORMER policeman charged with leaking information to an alleged criminal has been allowed to travel overseas.
Robert David Critchley, 42, appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s Court today to appeal the terms of his bail so he could visit an ill member of his wife’s family overseas.
Mr Critchley will pay a $2,500 deposit to have his passport returned to him, and he has 48 hours once he arrives back in Perth after the 12-day trip to hand the travel document in.
The 42-year-old served as a police officer in the state intelligence crime division but resigned in September last year after Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan recommended he be dismissed.
He is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly passing on information that could interfere with police investigations when he attempted to warn a man in the neo-nazi organisation Combat 18 that he was under surveillance.
It is also alleged separately that he accessed people’s details on a police computer database without authorisation three times between May 2009 and January 2010.
He will face court again on May 27.
See also : WA Police ~versus~ Combat 18, January 20, 2011.