Coffs bodybuilder jailed over deal with corrupt cop

COFFS Harbour businessman Andrew MacLeod has been jailed over a secret deal he made with corrupt state-crime detective Tony Farrell.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today quashed the suspended sentence given to the champion bodybuilder last year and ordered he serve actual time behind bars.

MacLeod's sentence had been subject to an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions since he was found guilty by a jury of making a collusive agreement with a NSW police officer.

His arrest followed an internal police investigation into former JIRT officer Farrell who was found to have wrongfully accessed a series of intelligence reports on the COPS database.

Phone intercepts revealed Farrell had agreed to give MacLeod the "heads up" if he was under police investigation.

In February, Farrell was jailed for two years with a non-parole period of 12 months.

Today, MacLeod was sentenced to nine-months jail with a parole-release date set for December.


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