No charges – but no apology for adviser Weston

Former ministerial adviser Tristan Weston worked to bring down former police chief commissioner Simon Overland, and is not owed an apology by the government, according to Police Minister Peter Ryan.

The Office of Police Integrity has reportedly written to Mr Weston saying he will not be charged with a criminal offence, despite his admissions that he used his position in Mr Ryan’s office to actively undermine Mr Overland, who eventually resigned.

Mr Ryan — who described Mr Weston as a “Walter Mitty” character — told radio station 3AW it was unusual for anyone to be charged on the basis of Office of Police Integrity reports.

“I think he did act inappropriately,” Mr Ryan said.

“He conducted himself in that period of 90 days in a situation where he was leaking information extensively to the media. He subsequently apologised to my chief of staff and to myself and the report carries his own admissions in relation to his course of conduct at the time and he resigned.”

Mr Ryan said he still believed Mr Weston had run a campaign to undermine Mr Overland and promote the prospect of the former chief commissioner’s deputy, Sir Ken Jones, taking the top job.

“He conducted himself in a way for which he was most apologetic when the matter was disclosed, and as far as I’m concerned, there it rests.”

Mr Ryan said that if Mr Weston — who was a serving officer when he worked in the minister’s officer — was still a member of Victoria Police he could be subject to disciplinary action.

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