Jan 24, 2013

‘Like a footballer meltdown’: Artz awaits sentence in Oz terror trial

A Victoria police detective has been accused of a "colossal level of naivety" by discussing an upcoming terror raid with The Australian's Cameron Stewart.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

How much should you shoot your mouth off when you meet a journalist for a friendly coffee?

That’s the key question arising out of the sad case of Victoria Police detective Simon Artz, whose pre-sentence hearing was held at the County Court in Melbourne on Thursday. The resounding answer, it seems, is to be very careful what you say.

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7 thoughts on “‘Like a footballer meltdown’: Artz awaits sentence in Oz terror trial

  1. drmick

    And there goes our democracy.
    Of course the right thing to do would to have been report the leak to the AFP as potential threat to our national security.
    But the mob that allege this was in the public interest, let the terrorist know, with a front page spread that they should p#ss off quick because the cops were after them.

    There was a time this would have been considered treason & the reporter and his editor hung.
    We are stuffed.

  2. Arty

    If you must drink beer and sing songs with journalists, make sure you do so under a false name and fake occupation – otherwise your grandmother’s gold fillings are no safer than those of the journalist’s granny.

  3. klewso

    A chance for everyone involved, to show-off just how “clever” they were?

  4. Spike

    Artz + terrorists raid. Hey, how weak have we become? This bloke stays in Police Force if he wants to, doesn’t get jailed + walks straight into another job! How’d you like him ‘watching your back?’ Maximum force of law/sentencing should apply to him! Imagine if he’d shot his mouth of: similiar situation in USA or for that matter Iraq!

  5. Kimberley Ramplin

    Give me a small break. Cops leak like sieves. Classic case of a fella undoubtedly doing a goid day job but not couldn’t get any traction … so as soon as he had details of a sexy case, went straight to a high-profile police reporter, spilled his guts to the power of infinity to ingratiate himself & play the big I am & somehow thought this would not play out the way it did? First rule of fight club: don’t talk about fight club.

  6. Spike

    Addendum: Artz surely would’ve been paid to “Spill his guts?”
    He should, along with all of that modusoperandi, be in jail for a looooong time! At least.

  7. Spike

    Artz: [addendum] bet he got paid for his “gut spilling!” Should be in the slammer + key thrown away!

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