Ex-health chief’s bombshell next move

Ex-health chief’s bombshell next move

The defence team for the former boss of one of Queensland’s biggest hospital service, who is accused of nepotism offences, is expected to ask a court to dismiss the charges against his client.

Malcolm Frederick Stamp, the former chief executive of Metro North Health and Hospital Service, is facing a committal hearing at Brisbane Magistrates Court over serious charges levelled against him by Queensland’s corruption watchdog.

It is alleged Mr Stamp tried to get his daughter, Katy Stamp, a taxpayer-funded job in 2014 while he was the boss of the health service.

Katy Stamp is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Mr Stamp’s former employees and associates have given evidence over the past week, with the evidence concluding on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Mark Green said three months were needed for Mr Stamp’s defence team to prepare a no-case submission that would be considered by the prosecution.

The application followed Mr Stamp’s defence barrister Saul Holt QC grilling a former Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigator over why he did not interview his client when the allegations were first brought to light.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne Steinhardt told the court the investigation into the complaint about Mr Stamp became “protracted” over time, but the vast majority was concluded in 2015.

Mr Stamp was dismissed from his HHS role that same year.

Sergeant Steinhardt gave evidence a face-to-face interview with Mr Stamp was not arranged at first because the ex-health boss had left the country.

“I wasn’t prepared to put specific allegations to Mr Stamp early in the investigation because I didn’t have a complete understanding of what had transpired,” he said.

Sergeant Steinhardt told the court that attempts were made to facilitate an interview with Mr Stamp via his lawyers.

Mr Holt also grilled him about why the CCC had sent a civilian to secure Mr Stamp’s office at the hospital service.

Sergeant Steinhardt told the court that he wasn’t involved in any effort to find critical documents that were missed during the initial search.

Mr Stamp is facing one charge each of corruptly receiving or soliciting valuable consideration to influence favour, making a false or misleading account and fraudulently producing a record.

The hearing will resume on October 26.

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