Whistleblowing Women

Australian women who blow the whistle on corruption in their workplaces.

Lucie Litchfield : a Whistleblowing Woman in the New South Wales Police.

Senior Constable Lucie Litchfield was on duty at Monaro police station on the night of 21 December 2013.

The station received an urgent radio call about a violent home invasion.

Ms Litchfield got into a police car with Constables Patrick Hicks and Todd Finnegan.

They quickly pulled over a car matching the description, driven by local removalist Rickey Caton.

He cheekily declared that he had not got any weapons "But I've got a dinosaur ... roaaaaar!"

Constable Hicks and Constable Finnegan claim that Mr Caton and his friend Adam Antram tried to assault them.

But Lucie Litchfield wrote a statement contradicting this claim.

She said that the male constables had been the aggressors, forcibly hand-cuffing Mr Caton and crash tackling Mr Antram into a retaining wall.

Ms Litchfield says that, from the moment constables Hicks and Finnegan realised she had contradicted their accounts, their behaviour towards her changed dramatically.

The apparent displeasure of the two constables allegedly spread quickly through the rest of the command in the form of gossip, rumour and innuendo.

This allegedly increased after Ms Litchfield backed up her statement in court, resulting in the dropping of all charges against Mr Caton and Mr Antram.

Ms Litchfield says she was isolated, bullied and victimised by her colleagues at Monaro, from senior officers to the rank and file.

"It was toxic," she says.

"I'd walk into a room and they'd get up and leave, or I'd walk into a room and they'd just immediately stop talking."

When Ms Litchfield returned from a period of stress leave brought about by the incident, she was told that she had no choice but to continue working at the same command.

"That certainly solidified my decision to leave."

"It's been horrendous,"Ms Litchfield said.

"Resigning from the force is not a decision I wanted to make - it's a decision I was forced into."



On Friday 30 October 2015 magistrate Mark Douglass described Ms Litchfiled's evidence about the incident as "Cogent and compelling".

He found the matter should never have gone to court.

Strangely, the police prosecutors in the case were aware that Ms Litchfield had contradicted her colleagues' version of events, but they failed to question her about it and continued with the prosecution.


Mr Caton and his mate plan to launch a claim for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for assault, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.



Deborah Locke : a Whistleblowing Woman in the New South Wales Police.

Deborah Locke is the former New South Wales Police Detective whose story was told in UNDERBELLY 111 THE GOLDEN MILE.

See Deborah's website - DEBORAH LOCKE

 

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