New South Wales Police Minister Mike Gallacher has told the NSW Parliament that police did not shred important documents concerning sex abuse in the Catholic Church, reports the ABC.
Freedom of Information documents obtained by the ABC's Lateline program show that a senior officer destroyed material relating to her role with the church's Professional Standards Resource Group from 1998 to 2003.
It claimed that Inspector Beth Cullen allegedly destroyed all documents relating to her role with the group, including meetings she had with Catholic Church officials during that period. Mr Gallacher has referred the claims to the Police Integrity Commission.
But in Parliament yesterday, he spoke in defence of the officer. "I am informed that at no stage did the NSW police representative destroy any document which could be used in any investigation or prosecution," he said.