Malonyay detective grilled in Queensland

QUEENSLAND police detained and then questioned a NSW detective who desperately tried to save the prime suspect in the Kate Malonyay murder investigation from jumping to his death from a hotel balcony.

A cross-border stoush has broken out between the two police services after the Sydney officer, who flew to the Gold Coast last on Wednesday in pursuit of Kate Malonyay's former boyfriend Elliott Coulson, was placed in a police station storeroom for six hours before being interviewed by Queensland police's Ethical Standards Command.

Queensland police immediately launched an internal investigation into police handling of the case and the circumstances surrounding the death, in particular the role the NSW police officer played.

But senior NSW police are unimpressed about the treatment of the Harbourside officer.

''There are concerns about his treatment; we're all behind him,'' the source said. ''He did the right thing all along and then they start hammering him like he'd done something wrong.

''I think there have been problems in the past so the Queenslanders are a little over-zealous.''

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