Stalking accused claims cops broke law, will lay charges

JOHN Howard Amundsen is accused of stalking and attempting to pervert the course of justice but he is planning to lay similar charges against the officers who arrested him.

In Brisbane District Court yesterday Mr Amundsen said he would be laying the charges against the officers in the Brisbane and Maroochydore Magistrates Courts next week.

Mr Amundsen plans to plead not guilty to charges of stalking with violence and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He asked for any trial to take place on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Amundsen told the court one officer had falsely claimed he had a history of violence to get the Commonwealth Bank to disclose financial records.

"I have in front of me here a file several inches thick which related to no less than 11 criminal charges to be filed against three of the four investigating officers," he said.

"The charges Your Honour related to the evidence these officers are intending to give in the upcoming trial before you.

"As such, to ensure the integrity and reliability of evidence in this trial it is imperative that those charges are heard and determined first as it would affect the integrity of the evidence to be given in that trial."

Mr Amundsen, who was defending himself, called for the proceedings against him to be delayed while his allegations were in court.

Judge Anthony Rafter said it was too early for him to consider Mr Amundsen's allegations as they were yet to be lodged.

Mr Amundsen said he was also appealing a previous conviction for similar charges and a magistrate's decision to commit these charges to the district court.

The matter was adjourned until March 10.

- APN NEWSDESK



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