– 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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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