Dumped ex-top NT cop denied affair

October 09, 2017

Former NT police chief John McRoberts is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

A former Northern Territory police commissioner accused of derailing an investigation into a crooked travel agent with whom he allegedly had an affair has faced court for the resumption of his committal hearing.

John McRoberts is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice over his alleged interference in the investigation into former Crimestoppers NT chair Xana Kamitsis, who was jailed for fraud in 2015.

The offence carries a potential 15-year jail term.

High profile witnesses, including former chief minister Adam Giles and current police commissioner Reece Kershaw, are expected to give evidence over three-days at Darwin Local Court, where Judge John Neill will decide whether McRoberts has a case to answer in the Supreme Court.

McRoberts was NT police commissioner for five years until he was forced to stand down in January 2015 over his involvement in the case of Kamitsis, the former boss of Latitude Travel.

She was released from prison into home detention last November after serving time for rorting a pensioners' travel concession scheme to rip off the NT government ofmore than $120,000.

In April, the court heard heard McRoberts set up a multi-agency task force to investigate travel agents who were allegedly manipulating the scheme to the tune of $5 million.

The court had previously heard a conflict of interest concern was raised about the case because McRoberts was allegedly in a romantic relationship with Kamitsis.

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