An indication of just how flawed the CCC’s case was against Grill was the order of $19,000 in legal costs to Grill, something rarely done in the criminal jurisdiction and a sign that the Commission’s claims against him held little merit.
It is the second time in two weeks that bogus charges brought by the CCC were thrown out in court.
The Magistrate Michael Wheeler couldn’t have been more emphatic in his judgment:
“I believe he was being truthful on that day when he was giving evidence to the CCC,” Mr Wheeler told Perth Magistrates Court. I consider him to be a witness of truth.He was very candid in his evidence.”
Grill told a waiting media pack that the CCC’s conduct is wholly unacceptable:
“Not only myself but other people … by this CCC process had their reputations sullied, in some cases very, very badly indeed, that has happened in circumstances where the normal safeguards of procedural fairness and natural justice have been stripped away. We’ve been left in a situation where we haven’t been able to effectively defend ourselves in anyway to the allegations that have been made.”
The former minister continued:
Not only was I vindicated the Magistrate said in no uncertain terms that I was a truthful witness and had always been truthful.
Justice has been done, in part, now it remains a challenge for the Barnett government to seriously reform the WA CCC into a serious crime-fighter not a headline-chaser.
The CCC is clearly the most disgraced agency in law enforcement in the nation, its own corrupt deeds far exceeding anything committed by those they have targetted. The West’s most famous son Ben Cousins is just one of many victims of the state’s rampant corrupt drug trade, dominated by scary folk like bikies. And yet the Crime and Corruption Commission do nothing. Instead they pick easy marks, politicos demonised by the media for persecution and prosecution.
It’s a disgrace that cannot be allowed to continue.