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CFMEU organiser fined $3200 in Qld

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Alexandra Patrikios

A former Queensland union official fined $3200 after being found guilty of intimidating two Fair Work inspectors has been awarded costs after being cleared of other charges.

The CFMEU's Kane Pearson, 37, pleaded not guilty to six charges of obstruction of a commonwealth public official in the Brisbane Magistrates Court when his hearing began earlier this year.

On Wednesday, Magistrate Bronwyn Springer found him guilty of three of the charges, recorded convictions and ordered he pay a total of $3200.

But she granted a costs application on his behalf for the three counts for which he was acquitted, ordering the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions pay him $2475.

Two of the counts he was convicted of related to a run-in with two inspectors in July 2013 at a Sunshine Coast University Hospital site during which Pearson called them "a pair of c****".

Pearson was also found to have pulled a punch at one of the inspectors at Kelvin Grove in November that year.

Fair Work Building and Construction director Nigel Hadgkiss welcomed the verdicts and said investigators were often subject to "extremely trying circumstances".

The court heard Pearson is still an organiser with the CFMEU but has moved to Victoria.

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