12 Nov 2012

Shamed Australian detective hired for Canberra's PNG detention camp

12:44 pm on 12 November 2012

A former Australian detective forced out of the Victoria Police force has taken up a senior security role at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island detention centre for asylum seekers.

Kerry McNamara is a senior manager for G4S, the security company chosen to run the Manus detention centre.

The newspaper, The Telegraph, reports that he left the Victorian police force in 1998 amid claims of assault and theft, including that he stole drugs from dealers.

During his time with Victoria Police, an internal disciplinary report found Mr McNamara to be unethical and disgraceful.

A spokeswoman for G4S said the Port Moresby-based Mr McNamara was a valued employee and that misconduct allegations were a thing of the past.