TWO junior Queensland police officers facing multiple charges of rape have been suspended from duty on full pay.
The male officers, who were last night both charged with five counts of rape and one count each of assault with intent to commit rape and deprivation of liberty, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court earlier today as a judge granted them bail.
Police did not appeal the decision.
Police alleged the two officers were on duty when they sexually assaulted a woman in Mackay early Sunday morning. 38 witnesses have come forward.
An Ethical Standards Command investigation was launched after the woman reported the assault to police on Monday afternoon. The 28-year-old officer is in his first year on the job.
A source within the force claims officers have been provided little information about the case and that no particulars have been discussed.
In a press conference earlier today, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the pair were under strict bail conditions ahead of their court listing on May 9.
Those conditions include reporting to district court once a week and are denied contact with witnesses or police.
He also said the pair would need to prove why they should retain their pay after the two-week period and the allegations could lead to mistrust within the community.
“Even the raising of these allegations is disappointing because it does impact on the trust that the community has with us,” he said.
“No matter what the outcome of these allegations there is an impact.
“Certainly I believe that the vast majority of police officers simply go out every day to do the best job that they possibly can.
“I support everyone.”
He debriefed the press on the “enhanced psychological testing” of all new officers.
“Obviously we scrutinise and vet every applicant.”