Brisbane policeman Colin Randall appears in court over alleged murder of baby son
A senior police constable from the Brisbane region has been remanded in custody after facing court charged with the murder of his two-month-old son more than 18 months ago.
Colin David Randall, 38, faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court for a brief hearing this morning.
Police and the Crime and Corruption Commission have spent more than a year investigating the baby boy’s death, but it was not reported to the public until the weekend.
Randall was remanded in custody and the matter is due to return to court next month.
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A 38-year-old Queensland Police senior constable has been charged with murder over the death of his baby son.
Police charged the man after a joint investigation by the child trauma task force within the child safety and sexual crime group, state crime command and the ethical standards command.
The investigation related to the death of a two-month-old boy at a property in Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bay-side on June 28, 2014.
The officer from the Brisbane region, who had already been suspended from duty with the Queensland Police Service, is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
At a media conference on Saturday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said he could not release too many details about the case other but confirmed “there were fairly significant injuries to the baby”.
He said the officer involved was suspended about a month after the child’s death and defended the decision by investigators not to speak publicly on the officer’s alleged involvement before today.
In terms of any sort of infant homicide, they aren’t necessarily made known to the media.
Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon
“Our community needs to have confidence, in fact great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crimes, that its police service will be relentless and committed in ensuring that the investigations are brought to conclusion and that the offenders are brought to justice,” he said.
“Now this is a very tragic event, with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family.
“I’m a father — these sorts of crimes, irrespective of who commits them, are tragic and terrible.
“I can only say that we are committed, as we have been in this instance, to making sure the offender is brought to justice.
“Particularly in this one, we’ve [been] very careful, hence our involvement with the Crime and Corruption Commission to make sure everything has been done properly.”
Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said they would have kept the investigation away from public attention regardless of who was involved.
“In terms of any sort of infant homicide, they aren’t necessarily made known to the media,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter whether there’s a police officer charged or a member of the community.
“They are extremely difficult, complex and protracted investigations where you have expert evidence involved and they take many, many months to resolve.”
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said the officer was suspended on full pay but now that he had been charged this would be reviewed.
A Queensland police officer accused of murdering his baby son has spent the last year-and-a-half suspended from duty on full pay.
The 38-year-old senior constable was charged with murder on Saturday morning after his two-month-old son succumbed to ‘fairly significant injuries’ at Victoria Point in Brisbane’s east in June 2014.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the baby’s death was immediately considered suspicious and the officer was suspended ‘about a month after the incident’.
‘The usual procedure we have is when under investigation, before any charges are laid, the officers are suspended on pay,’ Mr Gollschewski told reporters on Saturday.
‘Now that he has been charged that will be reviewed and consideration will be given to suspension without pay.
‘That’s a technical legal matter that has to be considered properly.’
Queensland Police Service pays its senior constables between $68,894 and $82,638 a year.
But Mr Gollschewski defended the amount of time the investigation took, saying infant homicides were difficult to investigate because they relied upon medical expert evidence that could take months to obtain and verify.
‘This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young innocent life and the devastation of a family,’ he said.
‘These types of investigations are very difficult, challenging and, in this instance, quite protracted.’
He also defended the decision not to release any information about the incident before now, including the fact an officer was suspended on suspicion of a child’s murder, because detectives needed to maintain ‘the integrity of the investigation’.
The deputy commissioner said the lengthy investigation was aided by the Crime and Corruption Commission and various experts.
‘Our community needs to have confidence, in fact great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crimes, the police service will be relentless and committed to ensuring the investigations are brought to a conclusion,’ he said.
‘And that the offenders are brought to justice.’
Mr Gollschewski refused to provide any details about the incident itself, saying the matter was now before the courts.
The officer is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Brisbane cop to appear in court charged with baby son’s death
Queensland Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski addresses the media with State Crime Command Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon, after a 38-year-old senior constable was charged with the murder of his baby son. Photo: Kim Stephens
A Queensland police officer will face court on Monday charged with the murder of his baby son in 2014.
This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski
The senior constable’s two-month-old boy died after suffering “significant” injuries at his home at bayside Victoria Point, south-east of Brisbane, on June 28, 2014, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said on Saturday.
The 38-year-old was stood down on full pay one month after the child’s death, when an investigation was launched.
He was not on duty at the time the boy died.
The Brisbane region senior constable was arrested and charged on Saturday after a protracted probe involving multiple investigatory agencies, including the police Ethical Standards Command and the independent Crime and Corruption Commission.
As the matter is before the courts, Mr Gollschewski declined to elaborate on how the baby boy is alleged to have died but said the injuries that caused his death were severe.
“It’s a complicated one, other than to say there were fairly significant injuries to the baby,” he said.
“This is a very tragic event with the loss of a young, innocent life and the devastation of a family.
“These types of investigations are very difficult and challenging and in this instance quite protracted.”
Mr Gollschewski defended Queensland Police Service not revealing one of their officers had been stood down subject to a murder investigation until he had been charged.
“As with any of these types of investigations, they are very difficult, it’s very important they are conducted in a way that the evidence is preserved and that we are able to present that to a court so a proper determination can be made,” he said.
“Our community needs to have confidence, great confidence, that no matter who is responsible for these types of crime, the police service will be relentless and committed to ensuring investigations are brought to their conclusion and the offenders are brought to justice.”
State Crime Command Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said all infant murder investigations were lengthy and detailed ones.
“In terms of any infant homicide they are not necessarily made known to members of the media, it doesn’t matter if there is a police officer charged or a member of the community, they are extremely difficult, complex and protracted investigations,” she said.
“Where you have experts involved and they take many, many months to resolve, this particular case is no different to other cases involving infant homicides.”
Mr Gollschewski said the alleged crime was a particularly tragic one.”I’m a father, these sort of crimes, irrespective of who commits them, are tragic and terrible,” he said.
“I can only say that we are committed, as we have been in this instance, to making sure the offender was brought to justice.”
The baby’s father has been remanded in custody to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, February 1.