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Bribery charges adjourned

By Riverine Herald

A FORMER Dhurringile Prison officer will have to wait a month to learn her fate over corruption offences.

The matter was heard in Echuca Magistrates Court on December 5 and adjourned to January 16 for a contest mention at the same court.

Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) announced on September 5 the former female Corrections Victoria officer was charged with seven counts of bribery of a public official and one count of misconduct in public office.

The charges came after reports emerged in May that allegations of illegal activity within Dhurringile Prison were reportedly made to IBAC.

At the time, a Corrections Victoria spokesperson confirmed a female prison officer resigned in February following the allegations being raised.

‘‘Corrections Victoria expects all our staff to uphold the highest levels of professionalism and ethics,’’ the spokesperson said at the time.

‘‘We take allegations of misconduct extremely seriously and are assisting the IBAC investigation.’’