A PRIVATE citizen has brought criminal charges against four members of the Tamworth police force, accusing them of destroying evidence.
Ian Moore is a Tamworth resident and appeared as a private prosecutor in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday when his cases against the four police officers were called.
Magistrate Peter Thompson noted there were "defects" in the court attendance notice filed by Mr Moore but said the charges appeared to be indictable by nature and could invoke the Commonwealth jurisdiction.
The four accused did not appear but the court heard their lawyer for the Office of the General Counsel, Andrew Deards, asked for a "stay", which would halt the legal proceedings.
"I don't intend to bring a stay at this stage," Mr Thompson said, but agreed to adjourn the matters.
Mr Moore said he did not intend to seek legal advice about his private prosecution case because he had approached a solicitor who he claimed told him he "wouldn't know how to start".
The matters were adjourned for four weeks to allow Mr Moore to rectify procedural issues and serve the court attendance notices on the defendants.
"They are technical areas of law Mr Moore and you need, in my view, to get some independent legal advice," Mr Thompson said.
"You need to provide details as to what you say each of the individual accused did to bring about these charges."
Court documents reveal Mr Moore has accused each of the four police officers of destroying or rendering illegible evidence in federal proceedings; attempting to pervert the course of justice; and removing property under seizure.
He claims in court documents that the alleged offending at Tamworth Police Station "became known" to him during a court mention of a matter in which he was involved in earlier this year.
The case will go back before Mr Thompson in Tamworth next month.
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