Double standard claim after man convicted of stalking police

A ROCKHAMPTON solicitor has accused police of operating above the law after a man was convicted of stalking a local police officer this week.

Blackburn & Associates principal Jack Blackburn went so far as to question why Karl Nathan Porteous was even charged.

Mr Blackburn said he had been involved in similar cases where police told his clients it was not a matter they could assist with.

He said when he had advised clients to take matters to the police so they could charge offenders with stalking, or similar offences, they were told it was a civil matter.

Mr Blackburn said he found it interesting that while everyday citizens had been turned away, when an officer was on the other end of the bullying, police were "happy to press charges".

He acknowledged that he had not seen the prosecution's case files, but said the case did not seem to be a serious case of Facebook bullying.

"I've had other clients that have been threatened to be killed or have their animals baited, and police didn't seem too interested in pursuing it," he said.

"Police would rather insist that the person go to court and get a good behaviour order, rather than charge someone with stalking.

"Why is it that all of a sudden this type of conduct is acceptable for the police to take action on when it concerns one of their own, yet when I have presented far more serious examples it hasn't made the grade?"

Mr Blackburn also said when he brought Facebook messages into court as evidence he was told by a magistrate that if every bullying or stalking incident on Facebook was brought to court it would clog up the legal system.