A South Australian police prosecutor has pleaded guilty to deception stemming from the use of former magistrate Bob Harrap’s government-issued car.
- Abigail Foulkes pleaded guilty to deception following an anti-corruption probe
- She misrepresented who drove Bob Harrap’s government car as it racked up fines
- Foulkes was previously placed on administrative duties within SA Police
Sergeant Abigail Foulkes pleaded guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to one count of deception, and is the fourth accused to admit to an offence following a probe by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) in June.
District Court Judge Stephen McEwen accepted Foulkes’s pleas through her lawyer, which meant she did not have to stand up and say: “guilty”.
Last week, her co-accused — Harrap and court clerk Melanie Freeman — were required to stand and personally enter their guilty pleas.
Foulkes has been placed on administrative duties within South Australia Police.
Harrap, Foulkes and Freeman have all pleaded guilty to deception by misrepresenting who was driving Harrap’s government-issued car when it racked up traffic fines on two separate occasions.
The former judicial officer obtained a benefit from the misrepresentation by avoiding losing his driver’s licence.
Claire O’Connor SC, for Freeman, told the court her client was “coerced” into the offending and was “aiding and abetting” Harrap.
“My client is very keen to have the matter dealt with,” she said.
In separate offending, Harrap and lawyer Catherine Moyse pleaded guilty to conspiring to abuse public office in relation to a court matter in May.
Harrap was arrested in June and resigned from his position as a magistrate less than two weeks later.
All four will face sentencing in the District Court.