Radio star Ray Hadley’s policeman son Daniel (left) has walked free from a cocaine possession charge after telling a court he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder
Radio star Ray Hadley’s policeman son has walked free from a cocaine possession charge after telling a court he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Daniel Hadley has also been suffering cocaine and alcohol use disorder and had been receiving treatment for each condition.
The 29-year-old was accompanied by his father and four serving police officers when he appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday.
The court heard Hadley junior was being treated for his mental health issues even before he was arrested with cocaine in a Sydney hotel car park.
Magistrate Garry Still accepted Hadley was suffering from several work-related psychological problems and was undergoing the appropriate treatment program.
Mr Still dismissed the charge of possessing cocaine under Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Procedures) Act.
Court papers revealed that on the night Hadley junior was arrested, police asked if he had purchased drugs.
‘Yeah,’ Hadley said. ‘I’ve got a bit of a habit’.
When asked how much he had paid for the cocaine Hadley said $200, according to the statement of facts.
Daniel Hadley (pictured in uniform) has also been suffering cocaine and alcohol use disorder and had been receiving treatment for each condition
‘The accused said it was not the first time he had cocaine and he had been using it since taking time off work.
‘Police then began recording the location of the wallet which had been placed on the ground at this stage.
‘The accused then became highly agitated and told police to stop recording.
‘He said: “Seriously, take me off film. I’m telling ya take me of f***ing film”.’
Outside court Hadley’s father said he did not realise his son had been suffering in silence until he was arrested.
‘He’s got to get on with his life as best he can,’ Hadley said.
‘It’s been a very tough time. From the first media conference we gave the day after this occurred it’s been a rollercoaster.’
Asked about his son’s future, Hadley said: ‘Hopefull it’s bright’.
‘But if you read the psychiatrist’s report, which I won’t reveal… because it’s a private matter between Daniel and his specialist, this is going to take a long time.
Outside court Hadley’s father said he did not realise his son had been suffering in silence until he was arrested
‘He’s not going to walk out of here today and say “you beauty, I got a Section 32, I’m better” because he’s not better. He battles.’
Hadley said the day after his son was arrested he and Daniel’s chief inspector ‘fell into each other’s arms’.
‘We both felt as if we didn’t know what was going on in Dan’s life and his boss was with him every day of his working life,’ he said.
‘I was with him every day of his life and neither of us knew about it and we felt embarrassed about it.
‘We’ve reconciled the fact that Daniel was very good at hiding his position – very good at hiding.
‘We had no idea that he was battling mentally with these issues and had been battling, according to his GP, for quite some time.’
The same court had previously heard Daniel had been a repeat cocaine buyer who was targeted by internal affairs when arrested with a bag of the drug at a Sydney pub.
The senior constable called himself ‘Mick’ when placing telephone orders for cocaine, according to a drug dealer’s statement tendered to Parramatta Local Court.
Details of Hadley’s cocaine use emerged as dealer Shaquillie Sione Vaisiqine Laf Moubayed pleaded guilty in October to supplying him with the drug.
The 22-year-old told police he had been in Baulkham Hills on Friday, August 3 when he received a call from a man he knew only as ‘Mick’.
He had previously supplied Mick with cocaine and the pair arranged to meet in the car park of the Australian Hotel and Brewery at Rouse Hill, in the city’s north-west.
That night officers from the professional standards command were waiting to pounce as part of an internal operation code-named Resnova.
Dealer Shaquillie Sione Vaisiqine Laf Moubayed (pictured outside court on Wedneday) pleaded guilty in October to supplying Hadley with the drug
Moubayed (left) told police he had been in Baulkham Hills on Friday, August 3 when he received a call from a man he knew only as ‘Mick’
‘Shortly after 8pm the subject officer, off-duty Senior Constable Daniel Hadley, left the hotel and walked through the car park towards a Honda sedan,’ an agreed statement of facts said.
‘Hadley entered the front passenger seat of the car which was being driven by the offender Shaquillie Moubayed.
‘A few moments later Hadley got out of the car and walked back towards the hotel. The offender drove out of the car park.’
Hadley split from his wife of two years Tahlee Anderson earlier this year
According to the statement Hadley was arrested and found in possession of a resealable bag containing white powder.
Tests by the Forensic and Analytical Science Service found 0.66 grams of cocaine with a purity of 60 per cent.
While Hadley was being arrested other officers were following Moubayed, who was pulled over at the intersection of Old Windsor Road and Mile End Road at nearby Kellyville.
Moubayed told police he was carrying cocaine in his left pocket. Officers searched him and found a small black bag which contained another plastic bag.
Inside that container were nine resealable bags later found to hold 6.10 grams of cocaine with a 62.5 per cent purity.
Police then found a black Telstra phone in the front door of Moubayed’s car and a silver iPhone 6 in the centre console.
Moubayed was taken to Riverstone police station where he made a number of admissions in a recorded interview.
‘He had been in Baulkham Hills when he received a call from a guy he knows as ‘Mick’,’ the statement of facts said. ‘He had previously supplied ‘Mick’ as a customer.’
‘He’s got to get on with his life as best he can,’ Ray Hadley said outside court on Wednesday
Daniel (pictured left as a young boy) is the eldest child from Ray Hadley’s first marriage
The former Flemington markets worker told police he had sold Hadley – or ‘Mick’ – one bag of cocaine that night but could not remember if the policeman paid $200 or $250.
The other cash in Moubayed’s possession when he was arrested had come from previous deals.
Moubayed admitted the Telstra phone was for drug dealing and that there were messages on it from other customers wanting to ‘get on’ in the Hills district.
He told police he was unemployed and was selling cocaine to support himself and his mother.
Moubayed, from Seven Hills, pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug.
A cocaine possession charge was withdrawn and an offence of having goods in custody – related to the $500 found by police – will be taken into account upon sentencing.
Hadley was admitted to a mental health clinic after his arrest and his treatment is ongoing.
Hadley’s charge was dismissed under Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Procedures) Act
Ray Hadley fought back tears as he spoke to the media during a press conference about his son’s arrest in August
In recent months he had reportedly been suffering from a dislocated knee and was awaiting a hernia operation. Police revealed in September that Hadley had resigned from the force.
Hadley, who split from his wife of two years Tahlee Anderson earlier this year, had not previously appeared in court when his case was mentioned.
The day after his arrest his father tearfully admitted during a press conference to feeling ‘inadequate’ as a parent for failing to notice his son’s mental health problems.
‘When I was first told I was angry and perplexed,’ the 2GB broadcaster said.
‘I had no idea my son, a respected police officer, would be involved in such a matter.
‘I brought Daniel back to my home and my anger turned to shock and sadness.
‘My son revealed to me he’s been having mental health issues,’ he said.
‘When I was first told I was angry and perplexed,’ the 2GB broadcaster (pictured on Wednesday) said previously
Hadley junior (pictured right) had been a policeman for six years and was previously a plumber
‘I’m not a medical professional and I won’t guess the nature of his illness but I will tell you it’s very serious and his family – me, his mum, sisters, aunts and uncles – are very concerned.’
Hadley junior, who had been a policeman for six years and was previously a plumber, is the former auctioneer and taxi driver’s eldest child from his first marriage.
‘Daniel accepts responsibility for his behaviour but unfortunately is not in control of his mental health,’ his father said.
‘I now know how many parents feel when they think things are OK when they’re not.
‘This is going to be a long, slow process for my son, I love him dearly.
‘I wish to God he’d come to me before this morning to tell me what he was battling,’ he said.