The son of former NSW premier Kristina Keneally has learned his fate over accusations he fabricated a police statement that wrongfully landed a man behind bars.
Police alleged Daniel John Keneally falsified an official report in 2021 about a phone call he received while working as a police officer at Newtown police station.
The court was previously told Mr Keneally claimed the caller, Luke Moore, had made threats about wanting a rural detective ‘dead’ and ‘as good as gone’.
Daniel Keneally is seen, black tie, leaving the Downing Centre Court earlier this year. He has been found guilty of fabricating a police statement that landed a man in jail
Mr Moore is the founder of website I Sue Police and was imprisoned on remand for three weeks after the 12 minute call, before a recording cleared his name.
The charges were dropped and an apology was issued by the state before the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission charged Constable Keneally.
On Tuesday, Mr Keneally was found guilty at Downing Centre Local Court of fabricating false evidence with the intent to mislead a judicial tribunal.
Magistrate Rodney Brender presided over the judgement having also heard a two-day hearing into the allegation in September at the same court.
Lawyer Paul McGirr, previously argued at hearing that Mr Keneally had unintentionally confused the phone call with material from Mr Moore’s website.
Daniel Keneally’s mother, Kristina Keneally, has quit politics after a long career in NSW and Federal politics. She has not commented about the charge against her son
Crown prosecutor Daniel Boyle previously argued in court the phone call as recounted in Mr Keneally’s statement was ‘all wrong’ and ‘didn’t happen’.
Mr Keneally admitted in court there were significant differences between the statement and the recorded call, and that he had been ‘incoherent’.
Constable Keneally’s mother served as the first female Premier of NSW from 2009 to 2011.
She served in the Federal Senate from 2018 until 2022, however, quit politics after a failed run at a lower house seat last year.
Mr Keneally will reappear before the same court later this year for sentence. He had been suspended from the NSW Police Force with full pay.