Former Darling Downs police officer Ben Dyball arrested and charged with drugs, weapon and stealing offences.
Former Darling Downs police officer Ben Dyball arrested and charged with drugs, weapon and stealing offences. Contributed

Ex-cop on drug and weapons represents himself in court

THE ex-Warwick police officer on drugs and weapons charges appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court on Tuesday, asking for some explanation as to why police raided his house.

On May 18 this year, while Ben Alexander Ephraim Dyball was in Toowoomba, police searched his Elbow Valley home and will allege they found police uniforms, notepads, gun holsters, a NSW police constable's identification, 450g of marijuana and two pairs of police handcuffs.

The ex-cop explained to Magistrate Anne Thacker he would be representing himself in court after being knocked back by Legal Aid, and wanted to know the grounds on which police entered his home in the first place.

"A search warrant was issued for my dwelling and the charges have come out of that warrant," he said.

Neither Magistrate Thacker nor police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan could give Dyball the information he required.

Dyball then asked to have the bail condition preventing him from speaking to two Warwick police officers removed.

"They don't seem to be witnesses and there doesn't seem to be any need for these conditions," he said.

Magistrate Thacker was quick to find out why the 49-year-old wanted to speak to his ex-work colleagues.

"I don't," he said.

Magistrate Thacker told the ex-cop to put his request in writing and give it to Sgt Wiggan if he wanted alterations made.

Dyball is due to reappear in Warwick Magistrates Court on November 28.



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