Following an extensive Corruption and Crime Commission investigation, Mr Brett Kenny was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment in the District Court today on three charges of:
- • acting corruptly in the performance or discharge of his functions as a public officer to gain a benefit;
- • seeking a bribe; and
- • providing false and misleading evidence before the Corruption and Crime Commission.
The CCC investigation found that Mr Kenny used his position to give preferential treatment in the awarding of work to Harms Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd (HEC), and that as a result, HEC obtained work to the value of $349,647.08 from the City of Perth, which should have first been offered to other electrical contractors on the panel.
In coming to this sentence, Her Honour Judge Braddock considered the seriousness of the offences, specifically the lengthy period of offending and that these types of offences strike at the heart of the public sector.
Judge Braddock emphasised the need for general deterrence and concluded that a period of immediate incarceration was necessary to reflect the seriousness of the offending.