Gillard's ex-AFP bodyguard in court

November 14, 2017

Former AFP officer Benjamin Hampton has admitted dishonestly receiving about $7000 in cash.

A former Australian Federal Police officer whose career included guarding then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard says his integrity was not in question until he corruptly received $7000 after releasing internal police information.

Giving evidence at his sentence hearing in the NSW District Court on Tuesday, Benjamin Hampton said during his 15-year career he received positive reviews with "most of them all commenting on my integrity, which I think, up until this time, was not in question".

The 46-year-old has pleaded guilty to, between January 29 and March 19, 2014, and being a Commonwealth public official, dishonestly receiving about $7000 in cash, in circumstances where its receipt would tend to influence an official in the exercise of their duties.

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