In 2009 The Crime & Misconduct Commission (CMC) furnished a report into Allegations of Misconduct by Queensland Police appropriately called Dangerous Liaisons. It is a very interesting and damning but lenghty (140 pages) read. There are many instances of “Removing Prisoners from Custody” discussed. One of the alternate suspects in the murder of Leanne Holland was “removed from custody” on numerous occasions by detectives. Ostensibly, it was to assist with ongoing criminal investigations. This suspect however bragged it was to spend conjugal time with his wife, and “go to the pub”. The detective involved in the Holland murder was then transferred to another police district and the removal of prisoners from custody continued at his next posting. Pages 70 – 82 of ‘Dangerous Liaisons” refer to activities investigated by the CMC relating to that matter where ‘The General’ as he was known had his own locker at the local police station. The  locker was marked “The General”. This man was serving life imprisonment for murder. He would be removed from prison, taken to the police station where he changed his clothes and released into the community for the day. Charges were laid against the detective but dismissed when his diary, which was part of the evidence, went missing. He later resigned from the police before disciplinary charges could be laid.



  1. Hi there, I read today that you made the below comments in relation to Graham Staffords guilt? Can you elaborate please? Can’t stop listening to the podcast!!

    However this week, the private investigator who championed Mr Stafford’s innocence, Graeme Crowley, told Channel Seven that after reading the QPS review there was very little doubt that Mr Stafford had committed murder and should face a retrial.

    Mr Crowley co-wrote a book about the case defending Stafford and criticising the first police investigation, but now said there was “very compelling evidence”.


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