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2 The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday, May 10, 1989 Policemen given top jobs despite allegations By GREG ROBERTS BRISBANE: Two Queensland police officers have been appointed to senior positions despite serious and unresolved allegations against them before the Fitzgerald Inquiry. At the same time, another officer. Senior Constable Peter Pyke, claimed yesterday that '"little has changed" in the police since the inquiry began its investigations two years ago. Mr Barrie O'Brien was recently appointed Acting Inspector-in-Charge of the South Brisbane police area. Mr Ron Pickering was appointed Acting Detective Inspector in the CIB at police headquarters in Brisbane. Jack Herbert, a confessed bagman, told the Fitzgerald Inquiry last September that he paid S3.000 in corruption monies to a police officer. Senior Sergeant Pat Clancy. He said Senior Sergeant Glancy collected money for Mr O'Brien. A former Licensing Branch policeman, Mr Nigel Powell, told the inquiry in 1987 that Mr Pickering helped arrange the return to Brisbane of Hector Hapeta. the alleged crime boss. Hapeta, who is now facing heroin trafficking charges, fled Queensland in 1981 because he was wanted for questioning over his brothel operations in Brisbane. Mr Powell told the inquiry that Hapeta's return was arranged through a Gold Coast underworld figure, Ron Feeney, who died in January. Feeney told the Herald in an interview shortly before he died that Mr Pickering helped arrange Hapeta's return from Melbourne. Mr Powell said yesterday he was concerned that Mr O'Brien and Mr Pickering had been promoted to "very responsible" positions when they had not yet been cleared of the allegations. "Nobody is saying they're guilty and I don't believe they should be suspended," Mr Powell said. "They should, however, be put on uniformed duties or something of that nature until the outcome of investigations into the allegations is known. "They, have been treated far more leniently than Sir Terence Lewis the former police commissioner who was effectively sacked last month and the question of double standards arises." Mr Powell is standing as the candidate for' Citizens Against Corruption in Saturday's Merthyr by-election. Senior Constable Pyke, of the Police Operations Branch, told the Herald that many police officers named in connection with corruption at the Fitzgerald Inquiry still had senior positions. "Throughout Queensland, the key administrators of the force are the same ones appointed under the Lewis regime," said Constable Py ke, who has presented a submission to the inquiry. "The same attitudes prevail. Officers are still as afraid to speak out as they always have been. "The public has a perception that things under Fitzgerald have become much better, but nothing could be further from the truth." A police spokesman declined to comment on the appointments of Mr O'Brien and Mr Pickering and said disciplinary action against Constable Pyke would be considered. "He is subject to police rules and regulations which cover conduct and behaviour," the spokesman said. "We will be looking at a reprimand or possibly some other appropriate action." Although the Fitzgerald report is expected to be submitted next month, it will not deal with all the matters raised in evidence. Many of these are either in the hands of the inquiry's special prosecutor, Mr Doug Drummond. QC, or will be investigated by an anti-corruption body expected to be established later this year. Moving tributes for police nice guy 'Big AF TONY STEPHENS The pallbearers wore pistols. Perhaps that's the way it has to be these days, but they touched the pretty white wooden church in the green countryside with vulgarity. . They were big, strong young men and their bulky police uniforms made them bigger, so that when they came to the narrow church door carrying their mate's coffin, they could barely squeeze through. In any case, the coffin seemed too narrow for a young man as big as Allan McQueen. Nearly 300 police went to his funeral in Ballina yesterday along with his mother and father, Mr John and Mrs Shirley McQueen, and 300 family and friends. They spilled out of St Mary's Anglican Church into a church hall, where the service was shown on video, and out of the hall on to the grass, where they listened through loudspeakers. If we are to still violence, we must cherish life. Yesterday, 26-year-old Allan McQueen's life was cherished. Today, others will cherish the life of 32-year-old David Gundy, the unarmed man killed in a police raid following Constable McQueen's mortal wounding. Spring had sung in both men for only a while before life escaped them in violence. Senior Constable Graham White told the mourners that Allan McQueen had been a man of honour, love and integrity and a man whose word could be relied upon. He did not search for riches but for life itself, said Constable White. "Today he would be saying, 'Let's get on with it. Let's not have all this fuss and bother'." Detective Senior Constable Steve Tedder said that the day McQueen received the letter of his acceptance into the force, "his face lit up as if Manhattan had lit up".' Constable Tedder lived with Constable McQueen in Manly and called his mate "Big Al". "What a joy he was to live with," he said. Constable McQueen had made more friends in 18 months in Manly 44 ''' t ! . f mt-H - & n -v i fir r Colleagues of slain policeman Allan McQueen weep as he is laid to rest in Ballina yesterday. Pictures by craic golding than Constable Tedder had in 28 years. One of his favourite expressions was: "Not a problem". Another was: "I'm here for a good time, not a long time." Constable Tedder said it was somehow appropriate that Allan McQueen began his long battle for life on April 24, the day before Anzac Day. That was the day Allan McQueen became a hero. Police Commissioner John Avery said Constable McQueen had exhibited the qualities of a police leader of the future. "His father said it was a waste of a fine young life, and I agree," said the Commissioner. "His was an unforgettable example of courageous service that will enshrine his name in the annals of the history of NSW." Mr Avery quoted Virgil: "Blessings on your young courage, boy, for that is the way to the stars." Outside the church, a senior policeman said: "There's a finality to heroism." Mr Athol McQueen, a cousin and the boxer who knocked down champion Joe Frazier in the 1964 Olympic Games, said: "I hope there are more young blokes around like him." " The police band played a funeral march for their colleague, past Sunnyhaven Flats. The open-faced country folk let the tears run down their cheeks. As the cortege passed a place called Camelot, on the way to the Lismore Crematorium and another place called Goonellabah, an old woman stood at the roadside and said : "Poor little fellow." At the crematorium flowers spelled out the letters NSWP -New South Wales Police on the hillside. A young policeman picked up a rose and handed it to a young woman. , ... ' ii'J- , ' Mr John McQueen wipes away a tear as he stands with his wife Shirley at their son's funeral. 3 years of trying led to job he so desired By LINDSAY SIMPSON " Chief Police Reporter As one of "Big Al's" best mates read a moving eulogy, burly police officers, hats in hands, bowed their heads and cried. Big Al was Constable Allan Wayne McQueen, the well-mannered policeman from Kyogle who died in the line of duty, shot trying to apprehend a suspected car thief in Sydney. Constable McQueen, who had been in the force two years, had been picked to work with the Anti-theft Squad a training ground for young officers on their way to becoming detectives. Big Al, who spent three years trying to become a police officer, was known by that name "not so much because of his height but because of his heart", said Cheryl Coleman, whose -husband had shared a house with Constable McQueen in Coffs Harbour. As Senior Constable Steve Tedder, who gave one of the eulogies said, "Big Al had the basic love and desire to become a police officer". In 1986, while running his own cleaning business in Coffs Harbour, he built his own house and several local police officers became his flatmates. At that stage he had five jobs and was studying at night for his HSC English in an attempt to become a police officer. About this time, before he was even in the force, he saved a man's life. The man had quarrelled with his girlfriend outside a local night club and had head-butted a pane of glass. The glass had cut his throat and Al tore his shirt off and stemmed the flow of blood while waiting for the ambulance. Big Al. who trained as a boxer and played Rugby League, was not always the muscle builder he was at the time he joined the force. His former Rugby League coach at Kyogle High School, Mr Stan McBride, said that in the 14-year-old competition he had been the second smallest kid in the group. 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