– Two police officers are facing an array of charges, including drug, weapons and misconduct offences, after separate Victoria Police investigations aimed at outlaw motorcycle clubs.
Senior Constable David Branov, an officer of seven years’ experience, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, facing eight charges.
Senior Constable Branov, 41, was arrested on Friday by members of Taskforce Eagle, an anti-corruption taskforce investigating possible links between police members and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
According to court documents, Senior Constable Branov perverted the course of justice by manufacturing false information in an official police record, which prevented a man from being further investigated for drug trafficking.
Senior Constable Branov is also accused of accessing information from a police database and releasing that information, possessing methylamphetamine, and possessing an unregistered handgun and a silencer.
Senior Constable Branov has been suspended without pay.
His bail was extended and he will reappear in court on August 30th.
Earlier yesterday, in a separate case, Constable Dean Gibbs appeared in the same court facing 10 charges.
He was charged late last year during a police operation against the Comanchero bikie gang.
It is alleged Constable Gibbs, 26, trafficked, possessed and used cocaine between November and December last year.
He is also charged with possessing and using anabolic steroids, possessing ecstasy and possessing Viagra without a valid prescription.
Investigators also allege that Constable Gibbs stole a can of police training OC spray, failed to securely store .38 ammunition and released information via MMS by transmitting to a woman’s mobile telephone a photograph of a police shooting victim while in hospital.
Constable Gibbs’ lawyer, Tony Hargreaves, asked Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic to adjourn the case for four weeks.
Mr Hargreaves told the court that there had been ongoing discussions and that he and the prosecutor were hopeful the matter would be resolved.
Prosecutor Lana Custovic confirmed that the parties were close to resolving the matter.
Bail for Constable Gibbs, who has also been suspended without pay, was extended.
He will reappear in court on May 20th – Paul Anderson


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