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Margaret Cunneen says she was joking about telling her son’s girlfriend to fake chest pains

Margaret Cunneen now claims she was only joking about the comments. Photo: Daniel Munoz Sophia Tilley was driving Margaret Cunneen’s car when she was involved in a car accident. Photo: Nick Moir

ICAC ‘acted illegally’ in Cunneen inquiry: inspectorMargaret Cunneen blasts ICAC’s ‘extraordinarily draconian’ powers

In a remarkable backflip, Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen has admitted that phone taps recorded her recounting to a smash repairer that she had told her son’s girlfriend to fake chest pains – but now Ms Cunneen claims she was only joking.

Ms Cunneen took successful legal action to prevent the Independent Commission Against Corruption from investigating whether she was involved in an attempt to pervert the course of justice by advising Sophia Tilley, who was driving Ms Cunneen’s car, to fake chest pains in order to avoid a blood alcohol test at the scene of a car accident.

Unbeknown to Ms Cunneen, the n Crime Commission was monitoring the phone of a tow truck driver, who has links to organised crime. The tow truck driver on the scene passed his phone to a smash repairer George Kharadijan who asked to speak to Ms Cunneen, whom he knew.

The ACC listened as Ms Cunneen discussed her concerns that her car insurance could be voided if Ms Tilley, her son’s girlfriend, had any alcohol in her system.

As a P-plater Ms Tilley was allowed zero alcohol. According to a public statement issued by ICAC on Friday, Ms Tilley admitted that she had consumed alcohol prior to the motor vehicle accident.

Mr Kharadijan told Fairfax Media “I’ve known Margaret for years just through the area. We drink at the same pub.”

He said that after the accident he’d had a “tongue in cheek conversation with Margaret about Sophia’s fake boobs.”

Asked how this topic had come up, Mr Kharadijan said, “Because when I first met Sophia – she was in the pub and Margaret and I were just having a laugh about her fake boobs.”

Ms Tilley, 25 at the time of the May 2014 accident, did claim to have chest pains, saying that she was worried her breast implants had ruptured. It is understood that this delayed the blood alcohol test by just over an hour. Ms Tilley, who was not at fault in the accident, returned a zero blood alcohol reading.

Ms Cunneen has previously stated that the only thing she spoke to Ms Tilley about in the ambulance was an offer to call her parents, which Ms Tilley declined.

Speaking about the tape recordings, Ms Cunneen told News Corp on Tuesday that while she might have jokingly referred to Ms Tilley’s “fake chest pains” with Mr Kharadijan, she had not spoken to Ms Tilley or her son Steve Wyllie immediately after the accident.

Therefore, she “could not have told her to fake chest pains,” it was reported.

Ms Cunneen has previously stated in an email: “It is indeed amazing that these people don’t realise that my dear Sophia doesn’t drink (her blood test was 0.00) and the crash was so bad that the car was written off.”

Ms Tilley was not at fault in the accident.

Ms Cunneen initially blamed her estranged sister for sparking the ICAC investigation but in his damning report into the ICAC’s handling of the Cunneen the ICAC inspector David Levine inadvertently revealed that it was the ACC which had provided the information.

Following the release of Mr Levine’s report on Friday, the ICAC replied with a blistering response pointing out that “it is unlawful to disclose information about the issue of an interception warrant” and that Mr Levine may have breached the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act.

The ACC declined to comment on “allegations that the Inspector may have breached the TIA Act.”

Meanwhile, Ms Cunneen has warded off the potential for disciplinary action at her work place by obtaining legal advice that material retrieved from her phone was inadmissible as the ICAC had obtained the phone under a “notice to produce” rather than a search warrant.

In it’s response to Mr Levine, ICAC reported that it had the power to pass on material to the Director of Public Prosecutions “for consideration of disciplinary action against Ms Cunneen.”

The material passed on to the DPP, Lloyd Babb, SC, was the contents of Ms Cunneen’s mobile phone which revealed that she had been leaking confidential information about criminal matters to journalists.

After the meeting with Mr Babb, Ms Cunneen went on the attack telling News Corp papers that the ICAC had deliberately leaked text messages in which she was critical of Mr Babb in order to damage her.

“These texts are inaccurately rendered and can only have been … leaked by an organisation that has debased itself by its petty and personal efforts to damage me in every area of my life”, she told the Daily Telegraph.

The n suggested that the “leaks” to Mr Babb were done at the behest of the ICAC commissioner Megan Latham.

Ms Cunneen made no mention of the other text messages relating to allegations concerning the unauthorised release of material about confidential DPP matters.

Ms Cunneen has previously alleged ICAC officers have leaked details about her to Fairfax Media and has called for criminal charges to be laid against any officers caught doing this.

Late on Tuesday night Ms Cunneen said in a statement: “I have been completely exonerated of any disciplinary action in this matter, in writing, by the DPP, Lloyd Babb.”

“There was no confidential material to journalists. The only texts were from a journalist in a court telling me what was occurring.”

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