News

Inquest on cop opens

Mick Isles, Ayr police station officer-in-charge and former Warwick officer, who vanished in 2009.
Mick Isles, Ayr police station officer-in-charge and former Warwick officer, who vanished in 2009.

A CORONIAL inquest into the suspected death of former Warwick police officer Mick Isles heard its first evidence in Brisbane yesterday.

The former local mysteriously disappeared from North Queensland in 2009 after being cleared of money laundering and drug trafficking charges.

Mr Isles lived here with his family until 1989 and the father of three later moved north, where his last posting was as officer-in-charge of Ayr police station.

His network of family and friends in Warwick and North Queensland descended into mourning after September 23, 2009, when the much-loved community member went missing after driving from Ayr to Townsville for police training.

His car, work uniform and a box of firearm ammunition were found in bushland south-west of Townsville five days later.

In the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday the inquest heard the Queensland Police Service had accused the senior officer of drug trafficking and money laundering in August 2008.

Son Steven Isles said his father was hit like a tonne of bricks and had no idea where the allegations came from.

Mr Isles was stood down from his role as officer in charge at Ayr station while the Crime and Misconduct Commission investigated the allegations.

Mr Isles took sick leave and suffered a mental breakdown, the inquest heard.

Not long afterwards he was diagnosed with cancer and subjected to weeks of treatment.

The CMC eventually cleared Mr Isles of the criminal accusations and he prepared to return to work in September 2009.

Steven Isles told the inquest his father had looked forward to returning to work and socialising with his police mates, despite refusing to talk to them after he was accused of criminal behaviour.

"He was over the moon when he was exonerated," his son said.

"He just wanted to get on with the job."

The police officer who investigated Mr Isles's disappearance told the inquest the most likely scenario of his death was suicide.

The inquest continues in the court today and is scheduled to conclude on Friday.

Topics:  brisbane coronial inquest death mick isles police warwick



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Toddler airlifted after foot partially amputated by mower

RACQ LifeFlight was called to Stanthorpe after a young boy suffered a foot injury when he fell from a ride-on mower.

Stanthorpe ambulance called to property after ride-on mower accident

Motorists may have short delays at Warwick bridge

RoadTex at Madsen Bridge today.

One lane closed at Madsen Bridge

Stanthorpe to transform into winter wonderland

WINTER'S BEST: Get stuck into some snowy fun at the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe winter festival.

Celebrate the season at Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

Local Partners

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!