Ex-Vic cop used job to steal drugsOn 01/31/2019 by admin
A former Victorian police officer who turned to the drug ice to get him through the day has pleaded guilty to theft, drug and misconduct charges.
David James Branov, 42, of Mill Park, used his position as a senior constable with Victoria Police to access information in exchange for drugs and to corruptly steal money from drug dealers.
He coerced a co-worker into giving him the password to a police database he was not authorised to access and then passed on that information without considering the consequences, the Victorian County Court heard.
Branov on Wednesday pleaded guilty to 14 charges, which included aiding and abetting drug trafficking and perverting the course of justice.
His defence barrister Stewart Bayles said the reason Branov offended was to fund his drug addiction.
“He was using methylamphetamine regularly on a daily basis throughout the offending behaviour,” Mr Bayles told the plea hearing.
“He was turning to the drug ice to get him through the day.”
Mr Bayles said Branov was remorseful and had lived a crime-free life before joining Victoria Police aged 36.
He began offending in 2010 to furnish his drug habit, Mr Bayles said.
Branov had always wanted to be a police officer but a history of depression and drug use that combined with the stress of the job led to him using ice more heavily, which is why he was offending, Mr Bayles said.
Mr Bayles said Branov was not a high ranking police officer and was not involved in high level operations.
Branov was arrested in April this year while he was on bail for charges including perverting the course of justice laid a year earlier.
Branov will be sentenced at a date to be set.