Chubb Security Australia went before Justice Annabelle Bennett of the Federal Court, in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Sydney on June 24 this year and informed the court it proposed to plead guilty to the charges. At that time Justice Bennett listed the matter for one day’s hearing at 10.15am on October 15 to “determine the appropriate penalty”.

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After the Oct 15 hearing the word was that judgement would come in a couple of weeks but there’s been no comment from the ACCC, the Federal Court or industry association ASIAL, even though a month has passed.

ASIAL was reported to have commissioned an independent panel to put forward options and recommendations on how the Association should handle this matter, including a possible “package of sanctions” but there’s been no public comment from the association on any findings of the panel.

Chubb has been in damage control in recent times, assuring customers it has put into place checks and measures, including electronic guard tour systems that ensure compliance with patrol contracts in the future.