Friday, March 4, 2005

Police won't give up on jailed rockspider in Sierra Leone

The Victorian Police Association says it is disappointed a bail application has been rejected for a senior officer jailed in Sierra Leone but the association says the fight is far from over.

Peter Halloran, 56, was sentenced to 18 months jail last week for the indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl.

The judge has refused bail on the grounds that the appellant has not shown "exceptional circumstances to justify granting him bail".

Halloran's lawyers have lodged another application with Sierra Leone's Court of Appeal, which will be heard next week.

The association's Bruce McKenzie says it will continue to push the Australian Government to do all it can.

"We're extremely concerned for his welfare but we are pleased to say that he has been visited by the Australian consul from Ghana yesterday, he's in reasonable spirits," Mr McKenzie said.

"He remains in the hospital section of the prison and we will continue to give Peter Halloran all the support that we can."

By Starsky and Hutch 4 March 05


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