Detective Sergeant Darren Lees.
Detective Sergeant Darren Lees.

Detective Darren Lees honoured in parliament

LATE Queensland Detective Darren Lees has been honoured in State Parliament after losing his battle to cancer in August.

Minister for Police Jack Dempsey has paid tribute to the popular officer and Queensland Police Union stalwart, who was much loved in Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

The praise followed questioning over QPU president Ian Leavers' accusation Treasurer Tim Nicholls was undermining the Premier.

"Does he support the comments made today by the president of the police union?" Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne asked.

Mr Dempsey side-stepped the question but paid respect to Mr Lees' family.

"Before going a little bit further into the mischief by the member opposite, I just want to acknowledge Darren Lees, 'Beefa', who was a member of the police union executive who passed away," he said.

"On behalf of, I'm sure, the Member for Rockhampton and all the members here, I pass on our thoughts to his family, his wife and children."

Mr Lees worked in Toowoomba for the past 10 years and was previously based in Rockhampton.

He made headlines for his heavy involvement in the arrest of Rockhampton serial killer Leonard Fraser in 2001.

- APN NEWSDESK



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