Vic ex-cop overturns jail term on appeal

A former policeman had his jail term for perjury overturned on appeal in Victoria's County Court.
A former policeman had his jail term for perjury overturned on appeal in Victoria's County Court.

A former Victorian police officer has had his six-month jail term for lying to a corruption hearing overturned on appeal.

Robert Beckingham was last year jailed for perjury after knowingly disclosing confidential information about a 2017 police corruption hearing.

He was re-sentenced by Victoria's County Court on Friday to an 18-month community correction order.

Beckingham had breached a confidentiality notice preventing him from telling others he'd been called as a witness before the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

It also prevented him from disclosing what he'd be questioned about in the hearing.

A magistrate last year found IBAC's notice was invalid because it hadn't adequately explained why it was necessary.

But Beckingham was found to have lied on oath about breaching the order.

Australian Associated Press