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August 26, 2016 12:00am
Amy Dale, Chief Court Reporter,
DISGRACED former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara should be jailed for life, the Crown prosecutor has told a hearing yesterday.
Rogerson and McNamara have appeared in the Supreme Court for the first time since they were found guilty by a jury in June of murdering 20-year-old Jamie Gao and taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of ice.
Rogerson, 75, was dressed in a prison green tracksuit. McNamara, 57, has grown a substantial beard.
Roger Rogerson (L) and Glen McNamara are facing sentencing over Jamie Gao's murder.
ABC News: Vincent de Gouw
The two men engaged in a joint criminal enterprise to kill the university student turned drug dealer inside a Padstow storage unit on May 20, 2014, and then steal the 2.78kg of ice Gao had brought.
Senior prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC has submitted to the court that both men should receive a life sentence.
“They together executed a young drug dealer for financial gain, for their financial gain,” Mr Maxwell said.
“Your Honour, the cases and the authorities referred to clearly indicate that the contract killing is a category for which a life sentence can be given and has been given by this court over the years.
Posted by Shadow Catcher at 1:37 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2016
IN 1981 former Moriah College student Sallie-Anne Huckstepp bravely went on national television and said that police officer Roger Rogerson was a murderer.
Within hours there was a contract on her life for naming Rogerson during the 60 Minutes interview.
Five years later Huckstepp was found floating in Busby’s Pond in Centennial Park, only hundreds of metres away from where her former school is located today.
She had been strangled and drowned.
Her revelations in 1981 were seen by many as accusations from a heroin addict and prostitute who was desperate for attention, but over the last 35 years people have increasingly realised that she played a vital role in revealing corruption within NSW Police.
Last week, a jury agreed with Huckstepp for the first time, when Rogerson was found guilty of murdering Sydney man Jamie Gao during a drug deal.
The court’s decision opened up old wounds and some say vindicated Huckstepp’s warning in 1981.
Following her TV appearance, Huckstepp’s sister Debra Krivoshow said, “Sallie knew that she had a bounty on her head because she spoke out about Rogerson and his gang of criminals. She knew her time was limited.”
That view was echoed this week by Huckstepp’s daughter Sascha, who was only 12 when her mother died.
Speaking on 60 Minutes this week, she said she always knew Rogerson was a criminal and blamed him for her mother’s murder.
“He wanted her dead,” Sascha stated.
“He was being groomed for bigger and greater things, and I think that was a big part of his anger and resentment towards my mother.
“Once my mother spoke up, that was going to be a little bit difficult.”
According to Sascha, Rogerson shattered her life.
“He stole my mother from me. He stole my adolescence.”
Comedian Sandy Gutman, who went to Moriah and South Head Synagogue with Huckstepp, said it’s about time that Rogerson was held to account for being a criminal.
“I’m glad that Roger Rogerson, the murderer and sociopath, will finally get what he deserves,” Gutman, who goes by the stage name Austen Tayshus, said.
“I knew her well growing up and I remember going to her place for Shabbat,” Gutman said.
“She was a beautiful sweet Jewish girl when I knew her and her story was tragic.”
Posted by Shadow Catcher at 1:57 AM
Monday, June 20, 2016
Arrest of Roger Rogerson
The Daily Telegraph
THIS is the dramatic moment police raid killer cop Roger Rogerson’s home just hours before executed drug dealer Jamie Gao’s body is found floating in the ocean.
Video footage to be aired on Channel 7 tonight captures the moment officers serve the disgraced detective’s wife Anne with a search warrant at his Padstow Heights home while Rogerson was on the run in Brisbane.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Daily Telegraph story: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/rogerson-meets-neddy-smith-and-sydney-feels-the-effects-for-years/news-story/26fbea6fa18de9ade8b7306f8268fb39
Rogerson meets Neddy Smith and Sydney feels the effects for years
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
FOR those involved in the murder trial of former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara, there will soon be little to do but wait.
Police, lawyers, the families of both men and their accused victim Jamie Gao, as well as the two accused themselves, have been suspended in time, frozen since a few moments inside a Padstow storage shed on the afternoon of May 20, 2014 when three people walked in and only two came out.
The trial is nearing its end, with the jury expected to begin considering a verdict in coming days, as soon as the barristers involved for the Crown, Rogerson and McNamara finish their closing address, their last chance to convince the jury.
At present there are still 13 members of the jury, as extra members were empaneled due to an estimated trial length of three months, and one will be removed through a ballot system just before consideration of the verdict begins.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder and taking part in the supply of 2.78kg of ice brought by Gao to the storage unit for a planned lucrative drug deal.
While both men have a right to silence and were under no obligation to give evidence, they chose to take the witness stand and give their accounts over several gruelling days of questioning by their own lawyers, as well as cross- examination.
What emerged were two very different stories, told in starkly contrasting manners.
McNamara, his voice often becoming distressed, says Rogerson shot Gao while “seething with anger” over the handover of drugs and cash, and then threatened the safety of McNamara and the lives of his daughters if he didn’t co-operate with the disposal of the body.
Rogerson, whose voice remained steady as he gripped the witness box with both hands each day, said that by the time he entered the storage unit Gao was dead on the floor, with his friend McNamara telling him the young man had “shot himself” during a “real struggle” between the pair for the gun.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the jury — as he did in his opening address in the early days of February — that they do not have to determine which man was the shooter in order to return verdicts of guilty to murder, as the two men are being tried under a joint criminal enterprise.
Mr Maxwell presented to the jury lists of circumstances he said prosecutors have revealed in the evidence as proof of the Crown case of beyond reasonable doubt.
For McNamara, they include the more than 20 meetings he had with Gao in the months before the execution, documented by CCTV footage and text message exchanges, and internet searches on his laptop for the type of firearm that police believe was used to kill the 20-year-old — the murder weapon has never been found.
McNamara said in his evidence he was meeting with Gao because the university student was a source for a planned true crime book on drug syndicates and Asian triad gangs, but Mr Maxwell said there has been no evidence of written notes made by the 57-year-old for this book.
Prosecutors have also pointed to Rogerson making a trip to Rent A Space the day before the murder to remove office furniture from the shed that had been leased by his friend Michael Maguire, who has since died.
Rogerson’s lawyer George Thomas has rubbished the suggestion the 75-year-old acted in a “joint criminal enterprise” with McNamara, drawing on a window of three minutes and 19 seconds when his client was not inside shed 803.
Mr Thomas also suggested to the jury — who he said should consider themselves like “bees ... bees working in a hive” towards a verdict — that if there had been a plan all along to kill the university student, then both Rogerson and McNamara would have waited inside to “ambush” Gao.
Mr Thomas told the jury that “Glen McNamara intended to kill Jamie Gao”.
“That was why the surfboard bag (in which Gao’s body was removed from the shed) was there (in McNamara’s car). It was how the body was to be taken out,” Mr Thomas said.
He said that, if there had been a plan to kill Gao all along on Rogerson’s part, he would have been in the shed at the same time as the other two — “not arrive later”.
“What is the point of that?” Mr Thomas asked the jury.
“(If that was the plan) you would have Rogerson (already) in there to do the killing, you would have the surfboard bag ready ... have the site properly prepared if there is a planned execution.”
Mr Thomas urged the jury to “reject outright” the claim by McNamara that, when they took Gao’s body out to sea the day after the shooting, Rogerson fired two shots from the boat as he warned him not to contact police.
McNamara’s barrister Gabriel Wendler will begin his closing address next week, and will be followed by a summary from Justice Geoffrey Bellew.
The jury will retire and return only to ask a question or deliver their verdicts.
For those involved in the case, there will be nothing to do but wait inside the historic King St court complex — nearly four months of witnesses, submissions and often tense cross-examination boiling down to one word or two.
Guilty or not guilty.
Read more here: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/guilty-or-not-guilty-roger-rogerson-and-glen-mcnamara-murder-trial-nears-end/news-story/c2c982f0992fe79c55c6c6b724eba562
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Monday, May 23, 2016
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