A south-east Queensland police officer accused of helping his daughter breach the state’s COVID-19 border restrictions has appeared in court.
Senior Constable Robert William Eickenloff was charged with misconduct in public office last month, after he allegedly drove to the Gold Coast on a police motorbike while in uniform, before escorting his daughter across the Queensland-NSW border.
Court documents said Mr Eickenloff escorted Maddison Eickenloff through the Pacific Highway and Stewart Road East checkpoint at Currumbin, which circumvented her “interception by officers”.
Police alleged the 20-year-old did not have a valid border pass, and she was fined more than $4,000 for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
The woman was placed into hotel quarantine, but police would not disclose whether she was returned to New South Wales, or if she was permitted to remain in Queensland once the 14-day stay was complete.
The 55-year-old appeared briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where his lawyer adjourned the matter till next month.Internet Explorer Channel Network