CCC asked employee to search boss's office

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An employee searched her boss's office for evidence in an alleged nepotism scandal investigation at the Queensland corruption watchdog's request, a court has heard.

In September 2014, the chief executive of the state's biggest public hospital service, Malcolm Frederick Stamp, was stood down amid allegations he dishonestly arranged a job for his daughter Katy.

During their investigation, the Crime and Corruption Commission asked a Metro North Hospital and Health Service employee to search Stamp's office without any supervision, a committal hearing was told.

Four years after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Stamp, 69, has flown in from the United Kingdom for the Brisbane Magistrates Court hearing that has been adjourned until October.

Stamp's defence team is expected to ask the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw the corruption charges after the hearing's last witness - ex-CCC investigator Wayne Michael Steinhardt - appeared on Wednesday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Steinhardt - now with the Queensland Police - said he believed Stamp's office had been secured and relevant documents were collated for the CCC's investigation.

But he said the unsupervised MNHHS employee was the only one who searched Stamp's office after being asked by the CCC.

"Did you or anyone under your direction actually go into the office and see if it remained secure?" defence barrister Saul Holt asked.

"No," replied Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt, who oversaw the CCC investigation.

"So the actual searching of the office and securing of documents was done wholly by the civilian at Metro North?" Mr Holt asked.

"Correct," Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt said.

Stamp kept "old school" documentation as Metro North CEO in A4 lecture pads containing handwritten notes, the court heard.

Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt agreed that they were "the kind of notes you want" for a CCC investigation.

But he said he was not aware or involved in any effort to find note pads in Stamp's office or check if any were missed by the employee.

He also didn't know that two of Stamp's note pads that were initially collected by the employee were now missing.

Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt was also taken to task for telling the DPP that Stamp did not want to be interviewed by the CCC.

He was shown documentation of correspondence indicating a willingness to co-operate with CCC from Stamp's solicitors over the ensuing years including a 24-page letter sent in November 2014.

"It was my understanding based on the ... letter that Mr Stamp wasn't prepared to take part in an interview face-to-face with me," Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt said.

"The letter ... was pitched in such a way that it was in lieu of a face-to-face interview (and) any questions I had would have to be in an email to his lawyer."

However, he confirmed he had sent correspondence to Stamp's solicitors in response to the letter and again in December 2014 indicating he may organise an interview.

He had no further contact with Stamp's solicitors before leaving the CCC unit in July 2016.

Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt agreed solicitors had kept in touch telling him Stamp had to return to the UK in January 2015 due to visa dramas after being sacked by Metro North.

Mr Holt asked why newspapers were reporting that Stamp had fled the country and was a "fugitive".

"He's telling you he is leaving the country, that's the antithesis of fleeing isn't it?" he said.

"When media started reporting that nonsense what did the CCC do about it?"

"It wasn't my concern," Det Sen Sgt Steinhardt said.

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