Former Northern Territory police commissioner John McRoberts is set to be sentenced after being found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The man who used to run the NT Police spent his first night behind bars at Darwin prison yesterday.
He is expected to find out today how long, or if, he has to stay there.
His sentencing for attempting to pervert the course of justice was delayed on Monday as his lawyer made a last-ditch bid for his freedom.
The 59-year-old was found guilty in the NT Supreme Court in Darwin last month of intending to deflect and frustrate a fraud investigation into his former lover, travel agent Alexandra Xana Kamitsis, including blocking a raid on her business.
Kamitsis was herself jailed in the NT's largest-ever fraud investigation, in which numerous Darwin travel agents were found to have been defrauding a government pensioner concession scheme by millions of taxpayer dollars.
McRoberts lied to his colleagues and public servants about his relationship with her and was involved in the investigation.
Former chief minister Adam Giles, who was a witness in the trial, had demanded he "go hard" against the travel agents.
McRoberts was granted bail and allowed to walk free from court after a guilty verdict and five-week trial last month so he could get his affairs in order in anticipation of a jail term.
Australian Associated Press
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