South Australian magistrate Bob Harrap has resigned from his position less than two weeks after being arrested and charged with corruption offences.
- Magistrate Harrap was last month arrested and charged with corruption offences
- SA Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal said she had received his resignation
- A police prosecutor and a criminal lawyer have been charged alongside Magistrate Harrap
Magistrate Harrap was charged in late June, following an investigation conducted by the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).
Anti-corruption commissioner Bruce Lander said Magistrate Harrap had been charged with two counts of deception and one count of conspiracy to commit abuse of public office.
He was also charged with conspiracy to attempt to “obstruct or pervert the course of justice or due administration of the law”.
A South Australian police prosecutor and a criminal lawyer have been charged with corruption offences alongside Magistrate Harrap.
In a short statement on Wednesday evening, South Australia’s Chief Magistrate, Mary-Louise Hribal, said Magistrate Harrap had tendered his resignation as a magistrate in South Australia.
Resignation follows first court appearance
The resignation came two days after his first court appearance over the charges.
Magistrate Harrap and lawyer Catherine Moyse — principal solicitor at CJM Legal — appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with perverting the course of justice.
Police prosecutor Abigail “Abi” Foulkes and another woman — whose identity has been suppressed — did not appear in court.
In June, Mr Lander said it was alleged that, on two occasions, Magistrate Harrap “misrepresented who was driving his government-issued vehicle at the time it was observed committing traffic offences”.
“It will also be separately alleged that … Magistrate Harrap conspired with another person to pervert the cause of justice and conspired to abuse his public office in relation to a matter that was to be heard by him and was heard by him,” the statement said.
The offences are alleged to have occurred in May this year.
In a statement released late on Monday, Mr Lander confirmed all four co-accused were charged as a result of the same investigation.
However, he clarified that the charges related to different matters.
“Senior Sergeant Abigail Foulkes and another person whose identity has been suppressed have each been charged with one count of deception,” Mr Lander said.
“A third person, Catherine Moyse who is a legal practitioner, has been jointly charged with Magistrate Harrap in a separate and unrelated matter.”
Mr Lander said Ms Moyse had been charged with “one count of conspiracy to commit the offence of abuse of public office and one count of conspiracy to attempt to obstruct or pervert the course of justice”.
All four co-accused will be back before the court later this month.