A Perth policeman has been charged after he allegedly released information about the arrest of former AFL star Ben Cousins to a news reporter he was in a relationship with, according to reports.
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Cousins, formerly of West Coast and Richmond, was arrested in March following a police chase in Perth’s south.
Fairfax Media reports the officer, Daniel Jamieson, leaked confidential information to Channel Seven reporter Monique Dirksz.
Jamieson was charged on four counts of disclosing official secrets and will front the Perth Magistrates Court in May.
Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown told 6PR Radio that Jamieson had no right to share the information.
“In the remit of this officer’s role he had no right to do that,” Acting Commissioner Brown is quoted as saying by the ABC.
“He had nothing to do with that case, that investigation, that response, yet he provided [information] to somebody who he was in a relationship with.”
Cousins is facing a jail sentence if convicted of the police chase, in which he refused to provide police with a breath test.