Thursday, February 18, 2016

Roger Rogerson trial: Jury sees CCTV footage which prosecutors say reveals execution of drug dealer Jamie Gao

A SECRET pub meeting, a body in a surfboard bag and a six-pack of beer following an alleged ­execution — the making of Jamie Gao’s murder was laid bare before a Supreme Court jury yesterday in 90 minutes of extraordinary CCTV footage.

The jury in the murder trial of accused killers Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara was played a series of videos, which prosecutors claim reveals the planning, execution and aftermath of the fatal shooting of Gao, 20.

Rogerson, 72, and McNamara, 56, have pleaded not guilty to murder and will both try to pin the crime on each other.

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Jury to view locations for Rogerson trial

The jury in the murder trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara will be taken to view locations pertinent to the trial.

The pair have pleaded not guilty to murdering student Jamie Gao on May 20, 2014, but the crown case is that the two men shot the alleged drug dealer inside a Sydney storage unit, before stuffing his body into a surfboard bag and dumping it at sea.

Jurors were played CCTV footage on Wednesday taken at the Padstow Rent A Space shed 803 and on Thursday they will be taken to locations relevant to the trial.

The jury has heard Mr Gao went to the storage unit believing he would become rich from a "massive" drug deal.

His alleged role in the "massive deal" was to deliver a large quantity of methylamphetamine, or ice.

It is alleged McNamara and Rogerson took the drugs after shooting the young man.

Jurors see Rogerson and McNamara’s every move on day of murder

The unblinking eyes of closed-circuit­ TV cameras watched former policeman Glen McNamara take his boat out of storage on May 19, 2014. They also watched him struggle to fold down his boat’s red canopy to allow it to squeeze below the low roof of his Sydney apartment garage.
They even stared as he took it out two days later with his mate, fellow­ ex-cop Roger Rogerson, after nearly forgetting a handful of fishing rods. The pair were also caught on footage having a drink at a pub with some other men, Mr Rogerson with his leg up on a bench.
It was all innocuous-looking footage, the sort of thing mature blokes do. But what the cameras failed to see was what took place inside Rent-A-Space storage shed 803 in southwest Sydney between 1.46pm and 2.18pm on May 20 — when university student and would-be big-time drug lord Jamie Gao, 20, was shot dead with two bullets to his chest.
Yesterday, silence echoed through the NSW Supreme Court room as the 14 members of the jury watched a compilation of silent CCTV footage depicting the accused­ killers allegedly planning for, carrying out and cleaning up after the murder of Gao.
It was the first time the jury has seen the footage, apart from in printed-out stills in the opening addresses, and it will play a vital part in the prosecution’s case that Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara acted as a “joint criminal enterprise” with the intent to kill or harm Gao. One hour and 53 minutes of images showed significant places, people and actions between­ April 2 and May 24, 2014.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder and to a charge of supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs.
CCTV cameras tracked Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara’s almos­t every move on the day of the murder­ and following days.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC took NSW police detective­ sergeant Aaron Phillips through each phase of the footage, asking him to confirm what appeared­ to be happening, including when a blue car was filmed towing the boat police allege was used to dump Gao’s body in the ocean wrapped in a blue tarpaulin.
Mr Maxwell: “You can see a blueish-coloured item apparently next to the surfboard (in the boat)?”
Sergeant Phillips: “Yes.”
Gao met with Mr McNamara in early April and May at the Meridian Hotel in the south Sydney suburb of Hurstville. On the evening of May 19 — after footage showed Mr McNamara taking his boat out of storage, which the prosecution alleged was in prepar­ation to dispose of a body — Gao met with the former policeman and true-crime writer.
A large portion of the vision was dedicated to the early afternoon of May 20, 2014, when it is alleged­ Gao was shot twice at close range in the chest with a .25-calibre handgun.
Throughout the hearing, Mr McNamara, dressed in a dark suit and tie, watched attentively, sometimes taking notes, sometimes resting his chin on his thumb, while Mr Rogerson, dressed in a tan jacket and black shirt, looked on impassively.
Today the jury of five women and nine men will be taken by bus to the key scenes depicted in the footage.

Two former policemen accused of murdering Jamie Gao are captured on CCTV

The two former detectives accused of murdering a student were seen on CCTV cameras at the alleged scene of the crime before they were spotted with a six pack of beers, a court has heard.

The NSW Supreme Court jury on Wednesday watched video which allegedly shows Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara outside a storage unit in south Sydney, where they’re accused of killing Jamie Gao.

Both Rogerson and McNamara have pleaded not guilty to the 20-year-old’s death in May 2014, each claiming the other had shot Mr Gao dead.

But the crown case is that the two men shot the alleged drug dealer outside the Padstow Rent A Space shed 803, before stuffing his body in a surfboard bag and dumping it at sea.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CCTV allegedly shows murder accused Rogerson, McNamara during Gao's last moments

Robert Ovadia
February 17, 2016, 8:16 pm

Disturbing security video has been played at the murder trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara allegedly the two men walking into a storage unit at Padstow with Jamie Gao - and leaving without him.

They are accused of murdering the 20-year-old in a suspected drug deal which is believed to have gone terribly wrong.

Rogerson and McNamara's lawyers have never denied their clients were with Gao at Padstow Rent a Space Storage when he was shot.

Security cameras recorded almost every move they made before the 20-year-old's death.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara shown CCTV footage from the day of Jamie Gao's murder

It is the last recorded moment of Jamie Gao's life – just a second of partially obscured CCTV footage as the young man slips into a south-west Sydney storage shed accompanied by a heavy-set man wearing a dark hoodie.

Minutes later the grainy footage reveals two men dragging a heavy, body-shaped object wrapped in a silver surfboard bag out of the shed and into the back of a station wagon.

Roger Rogerson leaving court earlier this week. Photo: Edwina Pickles

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