Former MP Steve Cansdell.
Former MP Steve Cansdell. JoJo Newby

Cansdell escapes state charges

FORMER Clarence MP Steve Cansdell appears likely to escape charges for making a false statu- tory declaration - at least under State law.

In a brief media statement released late Wednesday, NSW Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said the matter had been referred to them, but it "was ascertained that the matter does not fall within our jurisdiction so was returned to NSW Police Legal Services."

NSW Attorney General Greg Smith told State Parliament the DPP had advised him Mr Cansdell signed a Commonwealth declaration and it was not expected that any charges would be brought by the State.

Late Wednesday the NSW Police Media Service released the following statement: "After receiving internal legal advice, the NSW Police Force will tomorrow hand over the brief of evidence in the Cansdell matter to the Commonwealth DPP."

The office of the Commonwealth DPP declined to comment.

Mr Cansdell resigned from Parliament on September 16 last year after admitting he had made a false statutory declaration, claiming he was not the driver of a speeding vehicle.

He said he would have lost his licence if he had been convicted of the offence and had made a "stupid mistake". Chris Gulaptis won the subsequent by-election.

Under Commonwealth law anyone intentionally making a false declaration can be jailed for up to four years.

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