Queensland Police Service V Harley Joe Barbaro [2019] QMC 1

Following a two day hearing in the Southport Magistrates Court, Harley Barbaro was found not guilty of Habitually Consorting contrary to section 77B of the Criminal Code of Queensland. The not guilty verdict highlighted a number of errors in the approach of the Queensland Police towards consorting notices. Facts of the case On the 23 July 2017 Detective Sergeant Toni Lewis hand delivered to the defendant, a document titled “Official Warning for Consorting under section 53 BAC of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000.” Below that official warning were the photographs names and dates of birth of fifteen persons, three of whom are the persons with whom the defendant has been […]