A Queensland detective is in court accused of abusing his office by laying a false charge against a woman.

A Queensland detective has returned to court over accusations he laid a fake charge against the girlfriend of a suspect.

Detective Sergeant Jason Ricardo is charged with abusing his office while investigating the 2010 “sniper-style” shooting of a pedestrian at Surfers Paradise.

It’s alleged the detective laid criminal charges for improper purposes against Kylie Cunnington in March 2011, several months after Ms Cunnington’s boyfriend Rick El Masri was charged with the shooting.

Mr El Masri was ultimately acquitted of grievous bodily harm in May following a trial.

Det Sgt Ricardo has been stood down while the case goes through the court and faces a maximum penalty of two years’ jail if convicted.

He returned to the Brisbane Magistrates Court with lawyers on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing ahead of a five-day trial.

However, the case was adjourned until October after crown prosecutor Danny Boyle said a further witness statement was needed.

Ms Cunnington and police prosecutor Jacquelyn Hart are expected to be called to give evidence at the two-day hearing, which was set down for October 21 and 22.

The charges against Ricardo stem from a complaint by Ms Cunnington to Queensland’s crime and corruption watchdog.

Ms Cunnington complained about her treatment by Ricardo at the Southport watchhouse three years ago, with the watchdog ordering the officer to face court in May, after Mr El Masri’s trial finished.