Two men have been charged after allegedly perverting the course of justice over a drink-driving charge at Shelly Beach in 2011.
On 13 October 2011, police attempted to stop a vehicle at Shelly Beach for the purpose of a random breath test, which resulted in the driver, then aged 53, being charged with drink-driving and resist arrest. The criminal proceedings were later dismissed and the man successfully sued the NSW Police Force.
In October 2015, Strike Force Valla was launched by officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command to investigate allegations of perjury. Throughout the investigations, detectives discovered alleged discrepancies in evidence given by the man, now aged 57.
Following inquiries, detectives arrested the man on the Pacific Highway at Wyong just before 11.30am today (Thursday 19 November 2015). He was taken to Wyong Police Station where he was charged with perjury (two counts); pervert the course of justice (two counts); and attempt fraud. The man was given conditional bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on 16 December 2015.
Following further inquiries, police arrested a 44-year-old man at a golf club in Shelly Beach about 1.15pm today. Police will allege the man tampered with evidence which related to the 57-year-old’s drink-driving charge.
He was charged with pervert the course of justice; and tamper with evidence and was given conditional bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on 16 December 2015.