Another crooked NSW cop
A former NSW detective breached the community's trust in police by carrying out a string of illegal acts, but he was not as corrupt as Mark Standen, a court has heard.
Christopher Laycock is facing a sentencing hearing in the NSW District Court more than seven years since the allegations against him were first raised in the Police Integrity Commission.
Laycock, the son of former Assistant Commissioner John Laycock, has pleased guilty to five counts relating to theft and corruption - including two counts of aggravated breaking and entering, fraud, illegally taking information from a police database, and lying to the PIC.
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The court today heard Laycock, who had been commended in the force prior to his offending, committed his crimes out of resentment after being injured.
Laycock's barrister - former Supreme Court justice Greg James, QC - submitted that as a result of his injury, Laycock set about committing "opportunistic" crimes, motivated by "a willingness to exploit his job and the trust in that job".
Mr James said there was no doubt his client's offending was "a serious breach of trust" that the community deserved to have in the police force.
"However, it's not in the same category as either Standen's case, or [former detective inspector Nelson] Chad's case ... those who have commenced a continuous, organized activity such as the importation of drugs in which Standen was involved, or the long-term and highly nefarious activities Chad was involved with," he said.
Standen, former assistant director of the NSW Crime Commission, was convicted and sentenced last year over a conspiracy to import and supply a commercial quantity of drugs, using his law enforcement position to pervert the course of justice.
The late Nelson Chad was accused of a variety of crimes including loading up criminals and having inappropriate dealings with members of the underworld.
Crown Prosecutor John Powers took issue with the description of Laycock's crimes being simply "opportunistic".
The crimes for which Laycock is to be sentenced all involve "substantial planning, involvement of others, illegal financial gain and then on no fewer than three occasions at the inquiry into his activities he gave false evidence".
He said the crimes must be punished by "a substantial term of imprisonment".
Mr James submitted Laycock's incarceration would be more difficult due to his status as a former policeman, so urged the court to apply a shorter non-parole period, and a longer term of supervised parole.
In one theft, in July 2004, Laycock went to a man's home and pretended he was conducting police business in order to steal $11,000.
On another occasion, in December 2003, he took $23,500 from a man's home in the inner Sydney suburb of Chiswick after breaking in.
Laycock has admitted that he lied to the commission in October 2004 when he said he did not have a corrupt relationship with another former police officer, when he knew the opposite to be true.
Judge Jonathan Williams revoked bail and remanded Laycock in custody ahead of him delivering the sentence next Thursday.