Officers Refused to Reveal Their Methods, Court Hears

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DESPITE being ordered to report a secret meeting with a convicted killer, two police officers refused to disclose its contents to protect police "methodology", a court heard yesterday.

Former senior Rockhampton police officer Graham Richards and Brisbane-based police officer Paul Dalton allegedly met with Lee Owen Henderson at the Capricornia Correctional Centre and told him to "keep your ear to the ground".

On this same day, August 15, 2005, the court heard Richards and Dalton had requested that accused murderer Scott Andrew Jobling, who was arriving at the prison on remand, be placed in the same secure jail unit as Henderson.

It was the very next day that Jobling allegedly confessed his guilt to his jail mate.

The court heard it wasn't the first time Henderson had been involved in police operations.

He was allegedly a registered informant and Detective Sergeant Walker said police had expressed concerns about his further "usefulness".

The court heard Henderson's evidence was relied upon heavily in the Jobling's committal.

The court was told listening devices had been utilised and telephone conversations were intercepted to obtain evidence.

Richards, Dalton and Henderson have all been charged with perverting the course of justice.

A committal hearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court continued yesterday with evidence from top-ranking current and former police officers. …