Morcombe blasts CCC probe into top cop
BRUCE Morcombe wants the state's corruption watchdog examined over its "unfathomably long'' investigation of a top cop that is preventing closure of son Daniel's inquest.
Mr Morcombe has blasted the Crime and Corruption Commission for a "cone of silence'' around the marathon probe into misconduct claims against Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon.
As the claims relate to the final part of Daniel's inquest - scrutinising the police response in Queensland's biggest murder investigation - State Coroner Terry Ryan is unable to complete and release his findings.
This has put the Morcombe family, which has endured an inquest that stretches back to 2010, under immense strain.
The misconduct claims were investigated internally by the Queensland Police Service for eight months without an outcome, and they have now been with the CCC for a further eight months.
"The delays have been incredibly frustrating on all family members. We just do not understand how it can take 16 months for what appears to be a relatively simple investigation,'' Mr Morcombe told The Courier-Mail.
He said he would write to the powerful Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, which monitors the CCC, to ask it to review the handling of the matter.
"We want it finalised, and I'm sure the police want it finalised. There clearly is a cone of silence surrounding this, and it's totally unfair on everyone.
"The public has a right to know what's going on, and so does our family.
"Our goal is to see if we can improve the system, and until this investigation is tidied up, the coroner can't do what he needs to do.''
The claims against Mr Condon, who denies any wrongdoing, were made by former detective Dennis Martyn and date back to December, 2016 - around the time of the last sitting of the inquest.
They include complaints that allege Mr Condon colluded with other officers to prevent Mr Martyn and another former detective, Kenneth King, from giving evidence.
It has also been alleged that an officer, at the request of Mr Condon, accessed files and disclosed personal details of Mr Martyn and Mr King.
In January this year, when Mr Morcombe voiced concerns about the delays, the CCC reported that an outcome was expected "in the near future''.
Its latest response was: "The investigation remains ongoing, so it is not appropriate to comment further.''
While the state Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath is responsible for the CCC's budget, only the PCCC has the power to review its performance.
Headed by former Opposition leader Tim Nicholls, it reports to Parliament about the CCC and is involved in the appointment of its commissioners and chief executive.