Security at PNG LNG is provided, in part, by G4S. Below is an article on G4S PNG's Head of Security, Kerry McNamara.
By NICK PAPPS, Herald Sun, December 13, 2000, p.1
A POLICE sergeant sacked over charges of bashing, robbery and theft of drugs has been allowed to walk free.
A Herald Sun investigation reveals the officer, Kerry McNamara, has escaped any criminal charges despite internal police charges branding him unethical and disgraceful.
A confidential 18-page police disciplinary report on Mr McNamara, 46, obtained by the Herald Sun, outlines the internal charges against him.
It says: "You have consistently assaulted members of the public, stolen their money and stolen any drug material you found on them.
"Your behavior has been without regard for the law or the rights of members of the public, and has been completely unethical."
Police said yesterday there was not enough evidence to charge Mr McNamara, a former SAS soldier, with any criminal offence.
It has also emerged that Mr McNamara organised the infamous Tasty nightclub raid in 1994, which cost police $10 million in compensation after 450 patrons were strip-searched.
He was earlier kicked out of the police Special Operations Group for bastardisation after shocking recruits with a stun gun and shooting paint balls at their bare buttocks.
Mr McNamara's time in the SOG included shooting dead an armed robber and arresting a murder suspect after hitting him in the face with a pistol.
Mr McNamara was made an acting sergeant with the SOG because of his SAS background.
In 1979 he was drummed out of the Western Australian police force after only three months after a drink-driving car accident in which several people were killed.
Mr McNamara's disciplinary charge notice covers incidents from 1994 to 1998 and includes charges he:
HAD an affair with a prostitute he was investigating and recommended charges against her be dropped, calling her 211 times in four months.
ILLEGALLY entered houses and stole drugs and money.
OBTAINED cash from police coffers by drawing payments for a fictitious informer.
REGULARLY strip-searched, bashed and stole cash and heroin from teenagers.
Mr McNamara refused to appear before a police disciplinary hearing and did not supply any evidence to refute the criminal allegations.
He was sacked in late 1998 but no criminal charges were ever laid and he was paid his superannuation.
Police spokesman Kevin Loomes yesterday said the Office of Public Prosecutions had said "there was no reasonable prospect of conviction".
"We followed all procedures," he said. "The bottom line is, he was dismissed from the police force.
"Anyone we suspect of corruption will be dealt with swiftly."
The OPP yesterday declined to comment.
The Ombudsman's office said the lack of witnesses would have made it difficult to gain a conviction.
"It's just appalling. Here was a member running rampant, but there was a serious credibility problem with witnesses," acting assistant Ombudsman Brian Hardiman said.
"A lot of the alleged incidents occurred with no independent witnesses.
"There's nothing more that could have been done. It's extremely disappointing."
But Mr Hardiman said some of Mr McNamara's senior officers had been disciplined and counselled by their superiors.
"There's no doubt there's been a failure of police managers and superiors that allowed him to do what he's done," Mr Hardiman said.
"It was just extremely bad management."
A police investigator told the Herald Sun Mr McNamara was uncontrollable.
"No one could tell him what to do," he said. "He did what he liked when he liked.
"He should have been kicked out when he was with the SOG. There was a lack of resolve."