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            Man being questioned over serial killings including death of Irish woman Ciara Glennon

             Ciara, whose parents are both Irish emigrants, vanished after celebrating St Patrick’s Day in her home city of Perth in 1997

                                                                          http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/man-being-questioned-over-serial-9503567

                                                                          BY KATHY ARMSTRONG

                                                                                     22 DEC 2016

                                                                           
                                                                                                     Ciara Glennon

A man is reportedly being questioned about the murder of a “lovely, fun-loving” Irish woman and two other high profile serial killings in Australia.

The man, in his 50 was arrested at a house in Kewdale, in the province of Perth on Thursday over the deaths of Ciara Glennon and two other women, which were dubbed the Claremont serial killings.

Ciara, whose parents are both Irish emigrants, vanished after celebrating St Patrick’s Day in her home city of Perth in 1997.

The 27-year-old lawyer’s body was found in bushland in Perth just weeks later.

Her heartbroken father Michael, from Westport in Co Mayo, and her mum Una, from Monaghan, had to identify her remains.

Ciara’s murder was linked to the disappearances of two other women from the same area in just 15 months and sparked a high profile police hunt for a possible serial killer.

                                                    

The Glennon family leave St Marys Cathedral after service for their daughter Ciara Eilish Glennon a 28 year old solicitor who may have been abducted from the Claremont, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia

Sarah Spiers, 18, went missing from a nightclub in January 1996 and her body was never found.

Five months later Jane Rimmer, 23, also disappeared after leaving a venue and her remains were found in Perth bushland in August 1996, she had been strangled.

Following Australia’s longest police probe, detectives stormed the man’s house on Thursday and arrested him.

They cordoned off the property as part of the cold case inquiry and removed several large bags, according to ABC News.

Neighbours claimed they heard screams coming from the hour just an hour before the police arrived.

Jim Sheffield, who lives nearby, told ABC News: “I was out the back ... doing some gardening, that was about half past 6 and I heard a real loud yell and it sounded like a scream.

“Obviously I just thought ‘well something’s going on’ because you don’t normally see those sort of police officers around.” 
It is understood that the man has not been investigated as part of the case before and is believed to have lived at the house with his daughter for several years.

Ciara’s relatives have previously paid tribute to her and spoke fondly of her regular visits to Ireland with her younger sister Denise.

Her uncle Gerry Murphy, from Waterford, said she was a “lovely fun-loving girl.”

He added: “She was full of life, loved the outdoor life and was very into sports.”

The Post Newspaper also reported last year that detectives suspect that the person or people behind the three women’s deaths might have also raped a teenage girl in 1995.

Family deals with its loss as serial killer still roams free

Sat, Feb 6, 1999,

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/family-deals-with-its-loss-as-serial-killer-still-roams-free-1.149685

Ciara Glennon was born in a bush hospital in Zambia 29 years ago when her Irish parents, Denis and Una, moved to Africa to take up teaching posts in the region. Two years ago next month she went missing from her home in Perth, Western Australia and three weeks later her body was found in bush land, 50 km north of the country's third largest city.

Her murder, at the hands of a serial killer who is believed to have murdered three young women, stunned the local community and the whole state of Western Australia mourned her death.

The Glennons went to Africa from Mayo and Monaghan and settled in Australia when Ciara was five years old. She was a bright, fun-loving, adventurous child. She gained a law degree, mastered Japanese at the University of Western Australia and had no problem securing a job with a successful local law firm.

Irrepressibly free-spirited, at the age of 26 she took a one-year career break to travel the world. During this time she visited Israel, Greece and Turkey and spent six weeks, longer than she had intended, with relatives in Ireland. In late February 1997 she returned to Perth for the wedding of her sister Denise. Her wanderlust sated, she got her old job back as a solicitor and was put in charge of a case that would have taken up most of the following two years.

She was wearing a claddagh brooch on the single-breasted jacket of her black suit when she went with colleagues for drinks at the Continental Hotel in the upmarket suburb of Claremont on the evening of Friday, March 14th. She was slim and brighteyed, with dark brown curly hair that fell past her shoulders. There was only one week until her sister's wedding, and the night was something of an early St Patrick's Day celebration. At around midnight, she left the hotel to get a taxi, anxious not to miss an early appointment the next morning. She was 10 minutes from her home.

Denis Glennon sits in the boardroom of Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) where he has just finished a board meeting. As managing director of Environmental Solutions International, a waste processing and disposal company, he was recently appointed to the board of the EPA. In fact, but for this interruption to his schedule he would be next door with his fellow board-members, talking shop over a glass of wine.

He seems uncomfortable and understandably wary of talking to the media. His treatment at the hands of some Irish newspapers (not The Irish Times) at the time of Ciara's disappearance resulted in a written apology to him and his family.

He is well spoken, impeccably dressed. He carries a compact mobile phone and wears a wider than usual marriage band on his wedding finger. Behind him the Swan River sparkles soothingly under a clear Perth sky as he waits for the interview to begin.

When he speaks it is in the carefully measured tones of those who have suffered too much to bother wasting words. Instead of choosing to assert Ciara's personality, her talents, her essence, he phones his secretary and instructs her gently, in his still distinctly Irish accent, to fax over the eulogy he wrote for her funeral Mass. It talks more eloquently than perhaps he ever could again about who his daughter was.

Instead of answering questions about how the investigation into his daughter's death is progressing he punches numbers into his phone and calls the head of the police task force set up to catch the Claremont serial killer. He knows that without his say-so the police are unlikely to co-operate with an out-of-town journalist. "You should be fine now," he says and waits for the next question.

Ciara Glennon's story hangs heavily in the air-conditioned room. You want to ask this strong, silent Irishman how life has been over the last two years since his daughter went missing; to describe the torment they endured when her partially clothed body was found under some scrub by a passer-by three weeks later. How he and his family have coped when the man who police are 99.9 per cent sure perpetrated this atrocity is living a short drive away from their home.

"When it hits you first you are totally numb with shock. Then you go through a stage of absolute anger, a stage of questioning your faith, disbelief. You start to question the abilities of the police, and then there are periods, weeks and weeks without sleep, total exhaustion," he says.

Ciara was probably not thinking about it as she made her way along Stirling Highway in search of a taxi that night, but in the 18 months before two young women had disappeared from almost the exact same spot. Police had already highlighted the possibility of a serial killer after 18-year-old Sarah Ellen Spiers and, eight months later, 23-year-old Jane Louise Rimmer went missing. Like Ciara, both women were petite, young, attractive and well-dressed.

Sarah Ellen Spiers's body has never been found, but they found Jane Louise eight weeks after she went missing. It was 50 km south of Claremont, about four metres in from the road in dense vegetation. The Macro Taskforce was quickly established by Perth police, as it became clear that a serial killer was at large in the area.

The search for Ciara got under way immediately. By late Saturday afternoon the task force was making inquiries into her movements and by the end of the week they were imploring people to come forward with any useful information. Denise Glennon was married as planned that weekend - the bridesmaid's dress supposed to be worn by her best friend and sister left hanging in the wardrobe.

"It was a very difficult decision to go ahead with the wedding," says Denis Glennon. "But stripped of all the usual materialistic elements it was so much more meaningful and special."

Three weeks after she went missing, Ciara's body was found at a remote fishing location near Perth. The pain of this time has never left Denis Glennon's eyes but what also remains for him is the way a whole country, his business friends, the media, ordinary people took their awful family tragedy to their hearts.

Almost immediately afterwards the Secure Community Foundation was set up by Denis Glennon's colleagues to raise money for extra resources to help the police investigation. The funds paid for a DNA analyser to scan the oral swabs given by the hundreds interviewed after the murder. They paid for a retired FBI polygrapher (lie detector expert), Ron Homer, to travel to Western Australia for a month, allowing police to eliminate a large number of suspects and focus on the remaining group who had refused the test or who had failed it.

They also paid for an FBI psychological profiler to visit for a month to give police a better understanding as to the identity of the offender, his likely traits, his background, his lifestyle. The last time the funds donated by the SCF were tallied they came to A$850,000 (£390,000). It is the largest homicide investigation conducted in Australia.

In late October 1997 police in Perth identified the person they still suspect of being the Claremont serial killer. He was kept for 10 months under covert surveillance until April last year, 12 months after Ciara was found, when he was observed driving alone through Claremont's business district, stalking a girl who looked very like Ciara and the two other victims. He was interviewed at length that evening and has been under overt surveillance ever since.

A member of the Macro Taskforce said last week that the suspect, a 42-year-old civil servant, was driving home from work to his parents' house as we spoke. "He is a quiet, introverted, insignificant member of the community and the person we strongly believe is the Claremont serial killer," he said. The vital evidence they need for a conviction is proving elusive, however.

People tell you that Perth has grown up since Ciara Glennon's murder as women grow wary of going out alone, but inevitably as time goes by complacency is creeping in. The Glennon family has been dramatically altered, priorities shifted, perspectives changed.

"Previous to Ciara's murder I was no different than any other reasonably successful business man," says Denis Glennon, adding that "now life is much more about caring for our family. There has been a huge renewal in the meaning of faith amongst us."

The everyday ways in which the bitter grief has changed them are informative. Una Glennon used to watch "a reasonable amount of TV, partly crime-related stuff. Now she doesn't watch any," says Denis. Constantly travelling, he himself used to go through up to three novels a week. "Now I don't. It seems frivolous."

He does not view the apprehension of Ciara's killer in a vengeful way but "justice must prevail". "Finding the perpetrator will be like closing a chapter but it also means that the whole horror of what happened to Ciara will be revealed and I am not looking forward to that for any of our sakes," he says.

The Glennons realise that each of them must go through it in their own way. They haven't sought counselling and will not. Denis Glennon knows the statistics - that 80 per cent of marriages simply don't survive this kind of devastation - but his has come through the worst.

"You have to find the strength from somewhere," he says. "Everything is more meaningful now. We pray for Ciara all the time. When Una and I see a young woman of Ciara's age we think of her. Sometimes we choose to speak about it, sometimes we choose not to".

He chose to speak about it now for two reasons. He wanted to thank the Irish people for their support over the last two years. He also wanted to show how the tragedy has deepened the faith of the family, in the hope that it might have a positive impact on others. Faith helped them to choose between the way of hope and the way of madness. They chose hope.

"We really miss her but if we had a choice to bring her back from where she is now we wouldn't . . . we have to learn to live beyond it."




 

   Claremont Murders Quiet Perth family man is charged

        Police allege they’ve caught the murderer who terrorised Perth, 20 years after
       three young women were killed
        writes AMELIA SAW

                Woman’s Day (Australia) - 2 Jan 2017
   Comment from the Editos of AWN.bz:
    Please take the time to read this well  crafted Woman's Day article published about a week after the public announcement that went viral in the world media  about
   the arrest on the 22nd of December, 20126 of  
Bradley Robert Edwards for the abductions and murders of Jane Rimmer and Irish Australian girl Ciara Glennon,
  along with other sexual assaults .... the reality is that there are so many factual assumptions in this article,  that have not been proven in court as yet as being real facts,
  and even though hidden in the article are the words
     "....While Bradley Robert Edwards  is innocent until proven guilty..."
   they are quickly out weighed and become completely insignificant buy the following words ..
.
    " ...the possibility the ordinary suburban dad could have fooled so many for so long has sent chills through the nation.."

  The quickness of this Woman's day articles to be written and published within around seven days after the public announcement of  Bradley Robert Edwards
         for the abductions and murders of Jane Rimmer and Irish Australian girl Ciara Glennon,
 along with other sexual assaults .... one has to seriously wonder if the articles was
    pre-written before the public announcement of Bradley Robert Edwards for the abductions and murders of Jane Rimmer and Irish Australian girl Ciara Glennon,
   along with other sexual assaults ... as part of obviously pre-planned major Western Australian, Australian, and world media publicity machine ... to convince all
    Western Australians, Australians and the world of a number of things which include:
   (1) That the Western Australian Liberal Government and the Western Australian Police (WAPOL) have done an outstanding and amazing job in eventually finding
      the Claremeont Serial Killer, who has single handed without any help from anyone whatsoever, abducted and murdered the three your blond girls,
     Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon from January 1996 to March 1997;
   (2) That there can be no doubt that Bradley Robert Edwards is the  Claremont Serial Killer of the three blond girls Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon,
     even though there has been no publicly shown evidence that proves beyond reasonable that  Bradley Robert Edwards is the Claremont Serial Killer  and that Sarah Speirs was
    in fact murdered, even though it is a reasonable suspicion that Jane Spiers in no longer alive and mat well have died an unlawful death ...
     however as all parents would like to hope that until a body in discovered Sarah Spiers may be alive, even though after 20 years this glimmer of hope obviously fast fading day by day....

    In the mean time Bradley Robert Edwards sits in jail without any bail with most people in Western Australia, Australia ad the world believing that Bradley Robert Edwards,
    is the  Claremont Serial Killer, just because the Western Australian Police have arrested Bradley Robert Edwards Bradley Robert Edwards Bradley Robert Edwards for the abductions and murders of Jane Rimmer and Irish Australian girl Ciara Glennon,  along with other sexual assaults ..... and the Western Australian Police Commissioner Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan has made a public statement on behalf of the Western Australian Police Service that the police are completely convinced that that they have arrested  the Claremont Serial Killer and they are fairly confident that Bradley Robert Edwards   for the abductions and murders of Jane Rimmer and Irish Australian girl Ciara Glennon, along with other sexual assaults .

There can be no doubt that the below Woman's Weekly Articles in a well worded brain washing exercise

                              
                   Police work at the site where Ciara’s body was found in 1997. Bradley’s Kewdale home was stormed by detectives.

Bradley Edwards stood in the Western Australian sun, stopwatch in hand. The friendly suburban dad was known to many in the Kewdale Little Athletics club.

He and his French wife had been volunteering at the Perth club since his stepdaughter competed. But long after the young woman – now in her 20s –
      had hung up her sandshoes, Bradley continued to volunteer, his efforts earning him an award for his community spirit.

Then, days before Christmas, shockwaves spread across the nation as Bradley Robert Edwards, 48, was charged with the murders of childcare worker
      Jane Rimmer, 23, and 27-year-old lawyer Ciara Glennon.
      The women are believed to have fallen victim to the notorious Claremont Killer, who had terrorised locals and eluded police for 20 years.
      Now detectives believe they have their man.

Incredible evidence

Assisted by advances in DNA technology, they’ve charged the long-serving Telstra technician with the two murders,
      as well as the rape of a 17-year-old girl in the Karrakatta cemetery in 1995 –
     the year before the Claremont killings began. He has also been charged with a home invasion in 1988, where police allege he forced his way into
     the bedroom of a young woman and sexually assaulted her.
     He(Bradley Robert Edwards) would have been just 19 at the time.
         However, those closest to the “quiet, friendly” family man would  have been left reeling at the allegation that Bradley –
         who it’s believed was l living with his stepdaughter s since his marriage ended l last year – could be a suburban monster.

“It’s just something that is not easy to talk about to anyone,” one close family friend tells Woman’s Day.

“Brad was always very nice and friendly, and my family were taken by shock when we found out about what he might have done to those poor women.”

On the morning of Thursday, December 22, neighbours watched in horror as armed officers set upon Bradley’s weatherboard home in Kewdale.
       He had owned the property with his wife for over 16 years, and locals were used to seeing him drive by in his white work station wagon each day,
       often passing with a friendly nod or a wave.

Detectives also turned their attention to his parents’ property at Madora Bay, south of Perth, where forensics teams were seen digging up the backyard.
      They refused to confirm what they were looking for.

“People who don’t know Bradley wouldn’t believe what he was like to us, the people who really know him,” one Little Athletics parent tells Woman’s Day.
         “Anyone who knows him wouldn’t say a bad word about him,” she affirms.

Yet police are now alleging this ordinary Aussie bloke is responsible for transforming the quiet coastal city of Perth into a hunting ground.
         A place where pretty young women could be
       snatched from the upmarket streets of Claremont, only to have their bodies discovered later, dumped in bushland or by the side of the road.

The first in the series of killings that came to be known as the Claremont Murders was secretary Sarah Spiers, who left
      a Claremont nightclub in the small hours of January 27, 1996, after celebrating Australia Day with friends.

Terrible crimes                                                

The doll-faced blonde used the phone booth outside to call a taxi, but when the responding vehicle arrived Sarah had vanished.

While her body has never been found and Bradley has not been charged with her murder, Sarah is believed to be the Claremont killer’s first victim.

Next, childcare worker Jane Rimmer disappeared on June 9 that same year, last seen outside Claremont’s Continental Hotel.
      She’d declined her friends’ offer to share a cab home.
         A few months later, her body was discovered by a mother and her child, picking flowers in Wellard, south of Perth.

The city where doors were often left unlocked on summer nights was now in lockdown, and a terrified public demanded police catch the monster
      striking fear into their hearts.
        But before they had a chance, the killer struck again.

On March 15, 1997, lawyer Ciara Glennon vanished. She was also last seen at the Continental Hotel, her body later found in bushland north of Perth.

Police initially focussed their investigation on taxi drivers, and set up Task Force Macro.

Hardworking detectives organised undercover operations to try to bait suspects and investigated many, from a junior police

‘People who don’t know Bradley wouldn’t believe what he was like’

officer to the Mayor of Claremont t Peter Weygers, and Bradley John Murdoch, who was convicted of killing backpacker Peter Falconio.o.

Then, finally, a white kimono proved the key to Bradley’s arrest. t. Eight years before Sarah Spiers’ disappearance the silk dressing gown
       was dropped by a man who’d broken into  the home of an 18-year-old Huntingdale woman. .
        Her screams led him to flee and the case never solved.
       The kimono o was sent to the police evidence centre, where it sat for years.

Community left reeling

Now, as part of a move to re-test evidence using new technology, police will allege they’ve been able to match DNA samples from the kimono
       with samples already on the police database,  which had been found on the body of Ciara Glennon and the 17-year-old raped in the Karrakatta cemetery.

This led police to believe the Claremont killer may be the same person who dropped the kimono.

Detectives also learned that fibres found on Jane Rimmer’s body could have come only from a mid-1990s Commodore VS Series
        which helped police pinpoint the type of car driven by the offender.

Through piecing together evidence, the astonishing development was made in what has been one of Australia’s most enduring cold cases.
     While Bradley Robert Edwards  is innocent until proven guilty,
       the possibility the ordinary suburban dad could have fooled so many for so long has sent chills through the nation.

Many are struggling to digest the news, including one friend of more than 20 years. “He’s always very quiet…
      but he is quite friendly,” he says. “He never tells anyone anything about anything he’s doing.”

Others are grappling with the notion a killer could’ve been living in their midst.

“We had two daughters here,” says neighbour, Lindsay. “We [used to] say ‘be careful about Claremont’ and things like that. It’s really shocking.”



 
Comments on commissioner on the Western Australian Police Commissioner Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan



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and

 R v Wark, Francis John  (2006) QCA 172

Files Numbers:

CA No 340 of 2007 DC No 651 of 2007 DC No 547 of 2007

Applicant Appellant: WARK, Francis John

Delivered on:  27 June 2008
Brisbane

Originating Motion:

District Court at Cairns

Proceeding: Sentence Application

Division: Court of Appeal

Court of Appeal

Hearing Date: 26th May, 2008

Delivered on: 2th June, 2008

Judges: McMurdo P, Mackenzie AJA and Cullinane J 
Separate reasons for judgment of each member of the Court, 
each concurring as to the orders made

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WA Major Crime is one giant cluster-phuk of monumental proportions!

Why has it taken this long to recognize the obvious?

We had just one coroner and were more than a DECADE behind schedule on coroners inquiries.

Now we have 4 coroners ...MAYBE we might catch up one day!

WA Labor Government " promised" a coroners inquest into the disappearance of Hayley Marie Dodd in July of 1999 - would be held in 2004!

A Decade later our current Police Minister Liza Harvey of the "Now WA Liberal Government" promised a coroners inquest into the disappearance of Hayley Marie Dodd in July on 1999 to be held in January of 2014.

An here we are, in June of 2015 - almost 16 years (next month) since this child Hayley Marie Dodd vanished ....

And STILL NO FRICKEN CORONERS INQUEST!

Oh!!!!! Yes!!!! 

The Western Australian Major Crime Squad are "convinced" that they have their man and will extradite John Francis Wark from Queensland to be tried for her (Hayley Marie Dodd's) homicide.

The same Western Australian Major Crime Squad described in this article who couldn't find the cheeks of their own arse with a sniffer dog to smell it out and a mirror on a big stick to view it!

They ( the Western Australian Major Crime Squad) have NO PHKKIN IDEA!

Yeah this guy John Francis Wark is involved for sure.

But did he (John Francis Wark) act alone?

Nope!!!

He (John Francis Wark) committed other crimes while he was here is Western Australia that again the Western Australian Major Crime Squad failed to discover and they allowed him (John Francis Wark) to escape to Queensland in late 1999 out of the Western Australian legal jurisdiction?

Of course WAPOL have at least partial DNA from the 2 CSK victims. What they said publicly about not having any (at least partial DNA) was probably to try and make the suspect more confident and not flee Western Australian Jurisdiction before they could catch him!

Why would anyone in 1996/1997 pay the large amount of costs back them to DNA all the taxi drivers if you have no at least partial DNA sample against which to compare it?

It just doesn't make any sense.

(quote)

Weygers was one of about 100 men initially interviewed by detectives in the rush of activity. In the years since, his significance has been mostly dismissed by the police, But that changed in dramatic circumstances last week  when detectives staged a very public search on his Claremont home, during which **** he (Waygers) was compelled to give a DNA sample *** (quote).. Why take Weyger's DNA by force with a warrant - if there's no sample against which to compare it?

Google search Mark Dixie and CSK and you'll see WAPOL went all the way to the UK to get Dixie's DNA and used it to eliminate him (Dixie) as a suspect for CSK, even though he (Dixie) was here in 1996/1997 working as a chef in Claremont (the Continenal Hotel, Bay View Terrace, Claremont) under an assumed alias at the time and his MO for his murder conviction in the UK closely matches the 2 located CSK victims?

How did they eliminate him (Dixie) if it wasn't with a DNA sample against which to compare?

Sally Anne Bowman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Sally_Anne_Bowman

Sally Anne Bowman (11 September 1987 – 25 September 2005) was an English singer and model who was murdered in the early hours of 25 September 2005 in CroydonGreater London. Bowman, aged 18 at the time of her death, had been robbed, raped and repeatedly stabbed. Mark Dixie, who had a history of robbery and sexual offences, was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum of 34 years.

Life and Career

Bowman, born on 11 September 1987 in CarshaltonGreater London to Linda and Paul Bowman (who later divorced), attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon. She had dreams of one day appearing on the cover of Vogue and had been compared to Kate Moss. Bowman worked part-time as a hairdresser and model. In January 2005, Bowman joined Pulse Model Management, a local modelling agency. She became the face of Swatch watches,  and took part in the Swatch Alternative Fashion Week in April 2005. She described her experience there. "I was so nervous all week particularly when all the models were lined up and the designers chose who they wanted to model their clothes—luckily I was picked by loads of designers which gave me more confidence.", Bowman said, describing her experience.

Murder

At 10 p.m.  on 24 September 2005, Bowman, her half-sister, Nicole, and some friends went to Lloyds Bar in Croydon, where they stayed until 1 a.m. After leaving the bar, Sally Anne waited outside for 15 minutes before being taken to a friend's house by taxi.  She contacted her ex-boyfriend, Lewis Sproston, with whom she had recently broken up, and he agreed to pick her up and take her home after she told him Nicole had been arrested for fighting. She took a taxi back into Croydon town centre, where Sproston picked her up at around 2:20 a.m. and drove her to her home in Blenheim Crescent.  While in the car, Bowman and Sproston quarrelled, accusing each other of infidelity. Shortly after 4 a.m., Bowman left the car and Sproston drove off. Minutes later, Bowman was stabbed in the neck and stomach, and then raped as she lay dead or dying. Her handbag, cardigan, underwear and mobile phone were stolen. Police initially treated Sproston as a suspect, and was subsequently arrested but after being held for four days, DNA evidence eliminated him as a suspect.

Mark Dixie was accused and charged with the assault and murder of Bowman. At the Old Bailey on 22 February 2008, Dixie was found guilty of Bowman's murder by a unanimous verdict after three hours of jury deliberation. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum of 34 years, by which time he will be 70 years old. This is among the longest minimum terms ever imposed upon a single murderer.  It was then revealed that Dixie was already a convicted serial sex offender.

Following Dixie's murder conviction, Detective Superintendent Stuart Cundy, who had led the Bowman investigation, said: "It is my opinion that a national DNA register—with all its appropriate safeguards—could have identified Bowman's murderer within 24 hours. Instead it took nearly nine months before Mark Dixie was identified, and almost two-and-a-half years for justice to be done."

The calls for such a register were, however, turned down by ministers and other politicians who claimed that it would raise practical as well as civil liberties issues.

A documentary about the murder was broadcast on BBC One on 8 April 2008. Another TV documentary, as part of ITV's Real Crime series documented Bowman's killing, with interviews, the history of the case and reconstructions included, aired on 29 June 2009.

Mark Dixie

Mark Philip Dixie (born 24 September 1970) was born in Streatham. When he was 18 months old, his parents separated. When he was 8, his mother remarried; she had two sons by her new husband. Dixie took his stepfather's surname, McDonald.

Dixie's criminal record begins in 1986. Between then and 1990, he was found guilty of robbery, burglary, assaulting a police officer, indecent assault, indecent exposure and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He lived in Australia from January 1993 until he was deported back to the UK in April 1999 after being fined for indecent exposure. He lived in London until moving to Spain in 2002. He moved back to England in 2003.

Dixie later started work as a chef at Ye Olde Six Bells pub in HorleySurrey. He was arrested on 10 June 2006 in nearby CrawleyWest Sussex,[16] after being involved in a fight while watching an England vs Trinidad and Tobago World Cup football match. His DNA was taken and matched with that of Bowman's killer!

Dixie denied the murder. As part of his defence he claimed he had spent the night drinking and taking drugs, and had gone out to buy more cocaine. He claimed to have come across the body of Bowman, murdered, he said, by a third party, and had sex with her after she was killed.

Dixie's DNA matches that left at a sexual assault in 2001, where it is believed he masturbated in front of a woman in a telephone booth. 

In October 2006, Dixie's DNA was sent to Western Australia to be tested against that of the DNA evidence in the Claremont serial killer case between 1996 and 1997, as it is believed he was in the area at the time of the killings, and may have committed them.  At his trial for the murder of Bowman, an unnamed Thai woman gave evidence that Dixie had stabbed and raped her in Australia in June 1998 in Subiaco, Western Australia whilst Dixie was burgling her house; Dixie has yet to be formally charged with this attack, though a DNA sample from the woman's underwear has been matched to him. 

Aftermath

On 11 September 2008, a memorial was held to mark what would have been Bowman's 21st birthday. Balloons were released in Central Croydon outside Primark in North End. 

(quote)

In October 2006, ***** Dixie's DNA was sent to Western Australia to be tested against the of the DNA evidence in the Claremont Serial Killer case between 1996 and 1997, *** as it is believed he was in the area at the time of the killings, and may have committed them (12) At his (Dixie's Trial for the murder of Bowman, an unnamed Thai woman gave evidence that Dixie had stabbed and raped her in Australia in June 1996 in Subiaco, Western Australia whilst Dixie was burgling her house Dixie has yet to be formally charged with his attack, though a DNA sample from the woman's underwear has been matched to him (quote).

Yet WAPOL would have everyone believe they have no DNA from the 2 found CSK victims!

(quote)

The report also says that  ****police found no offender's DNA on the bodies of the two women who have been found, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.

The bodies were exposed to the elements for too long *** (quote)

So which is it WAPOL? You either have DNA or you do not have DNA?

The facts suggest, WAPOL Major Crime Squad are full of sh!t - or just 100% totally fricken incompetent, and incompetence that has cost further innocent women's lives!

You don't need the (Full) DNA sample even --- all you need is lower the suspect pool from every man in Perth in 1996 - to just one family tree!

It's called familial DNA sequencing! Developed as part of the 9/11 twin towers collapse to identify - 3,000 people from minor fragments of remains recovered.

So of course WAPOL have SOME kind of DNA sample (even it just parcial!) IMHO.

I suspect Wark of possiible CSK and Julie Cutler, Lisa Brown, Lisa Govan, Hayley Dodd, Kathleen O'Shea and his 2006 Queensland victim and so of a long while ago - prior in fact to Queensland coroner identifying him as a suspect  in Kathleen O'Shea's disappearance in 2005.

The this is 'dead/missing' women follow this poor bastard around "geographically speaking" ... apparently!

in 1988  he (John Francis Wark) lived with his parents in Cottesloe (aged- 32 I think) according to the electoral role for the time!

Also in 1988 Julie Cutler  vanished on her way home from the Parmelia Hotel and her car was found floating off the Cottesloe Groyne!

When in Badgingarra in 199 - he had a job as the school gardener. Did he get this job because he had a work reference from Iona - a prestigious women’s college in Cottesloe/Peppermint Grove/Perth.

Did he leave Perth for Badingarra in 1007/98 because things were too hot for him in Perth due to the CSK Marco Task Force

July 1999 Hayley Dodd vanishes, within a few miles of - John Francis Wark 's place!

These women really should stop following him (John Francis Wark) around - the poor sod they make him John Francis Wark) look like a criminal!!

In October 1999 he (John Francis Wark) got a $10,000 deposit on his house sale, 4 months after Hayley Dodd vanished, and headed for Queensland via Kalgoorlie, on his (Warks') motorbike with his dog.

Unlucky sod - another dead/missing woman Lisa Govan in Kalgoorlie in October 1999 last seen drinking with?

A guy on a motorbike no less!

There's another one - following the poor guy around!

He (John Francis Wark) buys a place in Queensland in December 1999/January 2000 and Katie O'Shea Vanishes 20 miles away from his house while hitch hiking in 2005!

See? they ( these dead or missing girls) just keep following following Him (John Francis Wark) around, eh?

How unlucky can one bloke (John Francis Wark) be?

At his (John Francis Wark 's) 2006 trial his 'M.O.' is exposed as using rope to tie his victims wrists!

In the 1996/1997 CSK cases in Claremont/Perth, Western Australia, WAPOL were "interested" in rope with printers ink on it found binding at least one if not two of the CSK victims wrists according to the media.

Poor unlucky sod (John Francis Wark) - fancy someone else with the same MO and using it on all these unfortunate women who follow him around?

Also after the CSK cases there was information posted at the Gary Hughes blog (And a copy pasted and forwarded to me by a Private Investigator) that says a female forensics investigator let it slip.... that at least one of CSK victims (Jane Rimmer and/or Ciara Glennon) had been bitten on the chest!

Again John Francis Wark 's the unluckiest man alive, because this 2006 victim - was also bitten on the chest!

https://jade.io/article/79701

Paragraphs 23-47 reveal all about his (John Francis Wark 's MO)

John Francis Wark 's the unluckiest bloke alive, or he is the CSK serial killer which is why WAPOL think they have enough evidence to convict him (John Francis Wark) and are extraditing him to WA to be charged formally with Hayley Dodd's abduction/death.

Even without a body the DPP believe they have enough evidence to convict him?

What could that possibly be?

Forensic Dentist Comparison on teeth x/rays and bite photos from the 2006 Queensland rape case he was convicted for, with the autoposy photos of Jane Rimmer chest bites in 1996/1997?

DNA comparison?

Remember the Macro Task Force was "wound up" after a decade, so from 1996-2006.

John Francis Wark 's DNA didn't get into Codis (Criminal) DNA Database, until 2007, a full year after WAPOL stopped looking!

But now they (WAPOL) have enough evidence to convict him (John Francis Wark) of Hayley Didd?

I don't think so - I think they are going charge him (John Francis Wark) with several crimes ...including SOME of the CSK victims...

Or

He's the unluckiest guy alive and dead women make a habit of following him around!

So, it's pretty obvious that despite the decade long "Macro Task Force" the most expensive criminal investigation ever held in the southern hemisphere ... they simply allowed the CSK to slip though their fingers ... and a list of women here in Western Australia and also in Queensland, paid the price with their lives, for this absolute failure of basic policing...

And what REALLY pisses me off?

Our current Western Australian Police Commissioner .. Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan ..... who has been with this very Western Australian Police Force since 1974 - so over 40 years and the last decade he has been the Western Australian Police Commissioner ... and in all that time .... our current Western Australian Police Commissioner .... Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan hasn't done ONE single thing to fix the systemic problems with the Major Crime Squad? (Not to mention he - our current Western Australian Police Commissioner .... Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan .... also hasn't cleaning house of all the corrupt police as well) ...

And this failed Police Commissioner's reward?

A contract extension for a further 2 years from the Liberal Western Australian Government run by Premier Colin Barnet, Police Commissioner Liza Hervey and Attorney General Michael Minschin ...

Is out Western Australian Liberal Government "brain dead"?

its a simple fact that these failures have led to innocent women die-ing and no one is being held to account for these more horrific failings on the Western Australian Police Service!

If our  current Western Australian Police Commissioner .... Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan  has even a single SHRED of human redency, her would resign for his and his agency's Catastrophic  failures!!

It simply beggers belief!


SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND

https://jade.io/article/79701
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[2008] QCA 172  [Copy]

Prior decisions:

[2008] QCA 166

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CITATION: 

R v Wark [2008] QCA 172

PARTIES: 



WARK, Francis John 
(applicant/appellant)

FILE NO/S: 

CA No 340 of 2007 DC No 651 of 2007 DC No 547 of 2007

DIVISION: 

Court of Appeal

PROCEEDING: 

Sentence Application

ORIGINATING 
COURT: 

District Court at Cairns

DELIVERED ON: 

27 June 2008

DELIVERED AT: 

Brisbane

HEARING DATE: 

26 May 2008

JUDGES: 

McMurdo P, Mackenzie AJA and Cullinane J 
Separate reasons for judgment of each member of the Court, 
each concurring as to the orders made

ORDER: 

1.

Application for leave to appeal against sentencegranted

 

2. Appeal allowed

 

3.

The sentence imposed at first instance is varied only to the extent of substituting a sentence of 12 years imprisonment for each sentence of 13 years imprisonment

CATCHWORDS: 

CRIMINAL LAW – APPEAL AND NEW TRIAL AND INQUIRY AFTER CONVICTION – APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE – APPEAL BY CONVICTED PERSONS – APPLICATIONS TO REDUCE SENTENCE – where applicant pleaded guilty to an ex-officio indictment to five counts of rape, five counts of sexual assault, one count of assault with intent to rape, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, one count of deprivation of liberty and two summary charges – where sentenced to imprisonment for 13 years in respect of each of the five counts of rape to be served concurrently– where learned sentencing judge made a declaration pursuant to s 161 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) – whether total imprisonment imposed is manifestly excessive – whether learned sentencing judge gave sufficient consideration to the plea of guilty – whether learned sentencing judge erred in concluding that the range for the type of offending involved would be some 14 to 16 years imprisonment

 

Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), s 161

 

R v Barclay [1999] QCA 457, considered 
R v Coghlan [1998] 2 Qd R 498; [1997] QCA 270, 
considered 
R v Edwards [2004] QCA 20, considered 
R v Mason [1997] QCA 67, considered 
R v Riley (2006) 161 A Crim R 414; [2006] NTCCA 10, cited
R v Robinson [2007] QCA 349, considered 
R v Spoehr [2003] QCA 412, considered 
R v TM [2005] QCA 130, considered 
R v Webb [2004] QCA 448, cited

COUNSEL: 

J A Greggery for the applicant M J Copley for the respondent

SOLICITORS: 

Ryan and Bosscher (Cairns) for the applicant 
Director of Public Prosecutions (Queensland) for the 
respondent

  1. McMURDO P: The application for leave to appeal should be granted, the appeal allowed and the sentence imposed at first instance varied only to the extent of substituting a sentence of 12 years imprisonment for each sentence of 13 years imprisonment. I agree with the reasons of both Mackenzie AJA and Cullinane J and wish to add only some further brief observations.
  1. Whilst cases of penile vaginal or penile anal penetration will often be more serious and attract heavier penalties than cases involving only digital penetration, the appropriate sentence in each case will turn on its own circumstances. Relevant exacerbating factors include whether the complainant is a child and if so, the age of the child; whether violence has been used; the physical and psychological effect of the offence on the victim; and whether the offender has previous relevant history. By way of an example of a serious case of non-penile rape, see R v Riley.[1]

[1] (2006) 161 A Crim R 414; [2006] NTCCA 10.


  1. R v Coghlan[2] and R v Mason,[3] referred to by this Court in R v Robinson,[4] do not persuasively support the 13 year term of imprisonment imposed on the appellant after an early plea of guilty to an ex officio indictment. Both those cases involved pleas of guilty but they preceded the 1997 amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) ("the Act")and the introduction of the Act, Pt 9A – Convictions of Serious Violent Offences.

[2] [1998] 2 Qd R 498; [1997] QCA 270.

[3] [1997] QCA 67.

[4] [2007] QCA 349.


  1. The circumstances in Coghlan had some similarity to the present case. Coghlan forced open a locked door of the complainant’s unit. He demanded drugs and money. He tried to choke her, dragged her by the hair from room to room looking for money, licked her breasts, bit her, placed frozen meat on her nipples and raped her (apparently penile vaginal rape) three times. She escaped. A neighbour who pursued and confronted Coghlan was knocked down and kicked, suffering a laceration to the eyelid which required suturing. Coghlan had a dysfunctional and disadvantaged background. He had some criminal history for property and drug offences. He expressed remorse and pleaded guilty. He was intoxicated by alcohol and marijuana. He was 21 at the time he committed the offences. A psychiatric report suggested that he fulfilled the criteria for the diagnosis of substance abuse disorder and anti-social personality disorder. The effect of the offending on the complainant was said by the sentencing judge to be “devastating”. This Court considered that the sentence imposed (14 years imprisonment with a parole recommendation after six years) was within range; Pt 9A of the Act did not apply because the offences occurred before it came into operation on 1 July 1997.
  1. Mason was a case perhaps even more disturbing than the present. It was heard and determined by this Court in March 1997, again before Part 9A came into effect. Mason was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment on his plea of guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, rape, disablement to commit an indictable offence and robbery. No recommendation for early parole eligibility was made. Mason was 35 years old and had an extensive criminal history including for offences of violence in respect of his de facto wife and three young children. He knew the complainant and that she was a homosexual woman. They were not on good terms but he persuaded her to let him into her house one evening, claiming that he wished to apologise following his release from prison. He then assaulted her violently by gouging her eyes. He held a knife against her throat. He dragged her around her home. She begged him to let her go, offering him money. He responded “You’re going to get it up you now you lesbian slut”. He made degrading comments to her and forced her to take off her clothes. He dug his fingers into her eyes and said he would pull her eyeballs out. He forced her to have penile-vaginal sexual intercourse with him. He wrapped a tea towel around her throat and began to choke her until she lost consciousness. When she awoke he was standing over her and kicking her. He demanded money. Ultimately she gave him $120. He again choked her and she lost consciousness. She next awoke to find him pulling her into the hallway by her hair and forcing her into the shower. He left through the front door and threatened to kill her if she did not leave town, adding: “Rockhampton was not a gay person’s town”. The cord to her telephone was cut. She suffered physical injuries including a knife cut on her back but much more severe were her psychological injuries for which she required therapy and counselling. Mason provided a false alibi to police and declined to be interviewed. He pleaded guilty only after DNA evidence implicating him had been obtained. His plea of guilty cannot be compared to the early plea of guilty to an ex officio indictment in the present case. The sentence imposed in Mason of 14 years imprisonment with no recommendation for parole eligibility at that time meant that he was eligible for release on parole after serving seven years. This Court refused to interfere with the sentence imposed.
  1. Early pleas of guilty by way of an ex officio indictment are an important mitigating factor, especially in cases of this sort. The complainant has been saved the further trauma of giving evidence, both at committal and at trial. The community has been saved very considerable expense. Early ex officio pleas of guilty are also encouraging signs that offenders, in admitting their wrongdoing, are taking the first steps towards rehabilitation. There is reason to think that is so in this case. On the other hand, the appellant’s conduct was inarguably horrific. It warranted a salutary penalty.
  1. It was not, however, as serious as the conduct in R v Spoehr[5] where a 14 year term of imprisonment was imposed following a plea of guilty. Spoehr committed seven counts of rape and one count each of assault with intent to rape, deprivation of liberty and sexual assault on a 29 year old Japanese tourist who was walking in the Noosa National Park at 3 pm on Christmas Day. He attacked her with a stick. He was also armed with a 10 cm bladed knife which he later used to cut off her clothing. He shaved her pubic hair with a razor. He had penile-vaginal sexual intercourse culminating in ejaculation with her on three occasions. He twice performed oral sex on her. He inserted his fingers in her vagina. He forced her to touch his penis until he ejaculated on three occasions. He held her as a sexual prisoner in his tent in a secreted location in the National Park from about 3 pm on Christmas Day until 5.45 am on Boxing Day when he finally assisted her to find her way to safety. The complainant suffered particularly dreadful consequences from the offence because for cultural reasons she had been unable to share her ordeal with those closest to her. Psychiatric reports regarded him as “an eccentric loner who has, using the DSM-IV,[6]a diagnosis of a schizotypal or and paranoid personality disorder”.

[5] [2003] QCA 412.

[6]           The DSM-IV is the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and is a coding system for all mental disorders.


  1. Had the appellant pleaded not guilty, a sentence of 15 or even 16 years imprisonment could have been imposed: cf R v Robinson;[7] and R v Barclay.[8] The facts in these cases and in R v Edwards[9] are set out in Cullinane J’s reasons. Barclay, who received 15 years imprisonment for a series of broadly comparable degrading sexual offences, went to trial and he had a prior conviction for rape. Edwards, who received 15 years imprisonment on a plea of guilty, was also more serious case than the present in that he was on parole for malicious wounding when he committed sordid sexual offences on his pregnant victim who had been asleep in bed in her own home.

[7] [2007] QCA 349.

[8] [1999] QCA 457.

[9] [2004] QCA 20.


  1. A discount in this case of but two or three years on a 15 or 16 year sentence does not provide sufficient recognition of, or encouragement to, offenders like the appellant to admit their wrongdoing at an early stage by pleading guilty to an ex officio indictment. This was an appealable error warranting this Court's intervention. A sentence of 12 years imprisonment, which reflects a discount on the head sentence of three or four years for his early plea and cooperation and which provides for parole eligibility after 9.6 years,[10]more appropriately balances the competing sentencing principles apposite in this case.

[10]           Corrective Services Act 2006 (Qld), s 182(2)(a).


  1. I would make the orders set out in paragraph [1] of these reasons.
  1. MACKENZIE AJA: I agree with the reasons of Cullinane J. I only wish to add the following.
  1. Mr Greggery submitted that there was a clear differentiation in the authorities, reflected in the level of penalties, between cases where penile rape had occurred and cases where the offence was rape because it fell within the extended modern definition.
  1. It may be that a generalisation can be made that cases can be identified where it is said that the fact that only non-penile rape has occurred resulted in a lesser penalty. But because it is a generalisation it is not universally applicable. R v Webb[11] is such a case; but what McPherson JA said was said against a factual background that did not include significant violence. While the nature of the sexual conduct is a factor to be taken into account, the facts of the particular case and the overall criminality must always govern the seriousness of the offence.

[11] [2004] QCA 448


  1. In the present case, there was no count that charged a penile vaginal or anal rape. However, there were four counts alleging that the complainant was forced to commit fellatio on the applicant, two of which resulted in ejaculation in her mouth. One of the counts of unlawful and indecent assault consisted of the applicant trying to insert his penis into the complainant’s vagina but failing because he could not maintain an erection. He inserted something, probably his finger, into her anus. As well as other acts of a sexual nature, he also committed sundry degrading acts on her with overtones of sadistic pleasure over her reaction. She understandably feared for her life during the course of the episode.
  1. All of these offences occurred over a period of several hours, commencing in the early hours of the morning while she was kept captive by the applicant at his isolated house. The complainant had travelled from the town where she lived with friends to other towns some distance away. The person upon whom she was relying to drive her home abandoned the journey because he believed his car was likely to break down and let her off in a small town on the way. She began to walk to a place where she thought she might get a lift from a passing driver and while she was walking there, the applicant asked her if she needed help. After he said things from which it was reasonable to infer that he was well intentioned and that she would come to no harm, she accepted a lift and then his offer of refreshments at his house. He said he would drive her back to the town where he had picked her up afterwards.
  1. After a relatively short time at his house she said that she was ready to go. He invited her to stay for the night but she said that she wanted to go home. He said that he would not give her a lift. She then walked out of the house but he followed and said that he would give her the lift.
  1. She noticed that his demeanour had changed and he grabbed her arm. Then he hit her more than once on the head with a piece of wood that was like an axe-handle in size. When she asked why he was doing it he said:

“This is rape.”

He then dragged her into the house where over the next few hours he inflicted on her the treatment previously described. During the course of the activity, he reduced her to captivity by tying her hands. For part of the time the rope was also tied to the head of the bed.

  1. Unlike the offender in R v Spoehr,[12] he did not relent and let her go. It was only due to her seizing an opportunity, after daylight had broken, to leave the house while his attention was distracted that she made her escape. Even then he unsuccessfully pursued her until it became obvious that she had made good her escape.

[12] [2003] QCA 412


  1. The Crown Prosecutor at sentence submitted that the appropriate range for the offending displayed in the case was between 14 to 16 years imprisonment. In my view the facts of the case place it towards the upper end of that range as a starting point before allowing for matters of mitigation. In submissions before this Court, counsel for the respondent drew attention to the similarities between the present case and Spoehr in which a sentence of 14 years following a plea of guilty was not disturbed on appeal. One feature which counted in Spoehr’s favour that is absent in this case has been referred to above. On the other hand, unlike the present applicant, Spoehr engaged in a number of acts of penile intercourse and his offending related to a visitor to Australia whose cultural background resulted in what were described as catastrophic consequences for her.
  1. Since the sentence is more than 10 years imprisonment, it carries with it an automatic declaration that the offence is a serious violent offence and therefore a requirement to serve 80% of the sentence. To allow the applicant proper allowance for his plea of guilty in a case in this category, a reduction in the notional head sentence is the only way in which that can be achieved. In my view a reduction of the head sentence from what would have been merited, in the range of 15-16 years had the matter gone to trial, to 13 years did not make adequate allowance for the plea of guilty.
  1. I agree with Cullinane J that the application for leave to appeal should be allowed, and with the orders proposed.
  1. CULLINANE J: The applicant seeks leave to appeal against a sentence of 13 years imprisonment imposed in respect of five counts of rape. He had pleaded guilty to an ex-officio indictment containing those counts as well as five counts of sexual assault, one count of assault with intent to rape, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, one count of deprivation of liberty and to two summary charges of possessing a dangerous drug, cannabis sativa, and possessing instructions for production of cannabis sativa. 177 days spent in pre-sentence custody was declared as time already served under the sentence.
  1. At about 1 am one Saturday morning, the complainant, a woman in her thirties, was walking along a highway in North Queensland. She accepted a lift from the applicant, who persuaded her to accompany him to his home on a rural property, promising that he would drive her to her destination after he had had some tea. When she attempted to leave the house, the applicant twice struck her about the head with a piece of wood, causing bleeding (the assault occasioning bodily harm while armed count). He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back inside, where he forced her on to a bed and removed her clothes (the assault with intent to rape and the commencement of the deprivation of liberty). The complainant was so frightened that she involuntarily urinated.
  1. The applicant tied the complainant’s hands to the bed head with a rope, and lay on her, rubbing his penis on her vaginal area. Then he used the rope to pull her onto the floor where he put his penis into her mouth and forced her to perform oral sex on him (the first rape count), slapping her across the face repeatedly when she faltered. He then returned her to the bed where he lay on her again and fondled her. He bit her left breast (the first sexual assault) slapped her a number of times and covered her mouth and nose so she found it difficult to breathe. He made her lick his neck, squeezing her right breast hard (the second sexual assault) when he was not satisfied, before again forcing her to perform oral sex on him (the second rape count). Then he dragged her by the rope to a shower where he made her perform oral sex upon him again (the third rape) after which he urinated on her. She was then dragged back again by the rope to the bed where the applicant tried unsuccessfully to penetrate her vagina with his penis (the third sexual assault).
  1. The applicant fell asleep briefly, but awoke when the complainant tried to move. He told her she was not going anywhere pulled her on to the floor on to her knees and made her perform oral sex on him again, ejaculating into her mouth (the fourth rape). She was made to get back on the bed where the applicant told her to lick his neck (the fourth sexual assault). He fell asleep lying on her. When he awoke, he took the complainant into another room where he told her to lie on her stomach on a mattress and whipped her repeatedly on her buttocks (the fifth sexual assault). Then he held his hand over her mouth while he inserted something into her anus, which he moved in and out, causing her a great deal of pain (the fifth rape). He told her that he was going to “keep her” and that as long as she did as he said, she would be fine.
  1. After the anal penetration, the applicant left the complainant alone while he went into another room. By this time day was breaking. She took the opportunity to free her hands from the rope and to run from the house. The applicant pursued her, but she managed to reach a neighbouring house where the occupants took her in and telephoned the police.
  1. Over the hours during which the applicant held the complainant against her will he repeatedly struck her and abused her verbally. It is clear from her statement that she feared throughout that she would be killed. The complainant was examined later the same day. Her hair was matted with blood and she had areas of lacerations and swelling on her head. There were marks on her chest consistent with bites, abrasions on the wrists consistent with rope burns and multiple abrasions and bruises of her arms, knees and buttocks. The examining doctor found a three millimetre tear to her perianal region consistent with stretching.
  1. The applicant was 51 years old at the time of sentence. He had worked in the past as a labourer and had then acquired a small farming property on which he ran some cattle and pigs. His counsel said that he had difficulties controlling his alcohol use and on the night in question had been drinking at a hotel. His only previous criminal history in Queensland consisted of convictions on a single occasion in the Magistrates Court for producing and possessing dangerous drugs, for which he was fined $300. He had a history of similar, minor drug-related offences in Western Australia in the 1980s. He had indicated an early intention to plead guilty and his co-operation was further evinced by his plea to an ex-officio indictment. Through his counsel he expressed some shame at his conduct. His counsel submitted that the starting point for a head sentence was 15 years imprisonment and that that might be reduced to 12 years to reflect his co-operation.
  1. The learned sentencing Judge accurately described the offences as “a shocking and horrible and prolonged series of violent and sexual assaults”. The treatment of the complainant had been particularly degrading and humiliating and the applicant had not desisted; even when the complainant fled, he pursued her. Her Honour accepted in the applicant’s favour that he had co-operated by indicating his intention to plead guilty at an early stage and by not challenging the complainant’s account. The learned judge had regard to three authorities to which the Crown prosecutor referred her which are also relied on here: R v Barclay,[13] R v Edwards[14] and R v Robinson[15].

[13] [1999] QCA 457.

[14] [2004] QCA 20.

[15] [2007] QCA 349.


  1. In R v Barclay the appellant was convicted of two counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one of assault occasioning bodily harm. He had attacked a sleeping woman with whom he was slightly acquainted. He punched her, bit her, gouged her eyes and squeezed his hands around her throat before raping her; after which he restrained her for some hours before raping her again. Throughout the episode he threatened to kill her. He was a 39 year old man with previous convictions including one for rape some 20 years earlier. Unlike the applicant here, he had pleaded not guilty. A sentence of 15 years imprisonment was not disturbed on appeal.
  1. In R v Edwards the applicant sought an extension of time in which to appeal against his sentence of 15 years imprisonment imposed, apparently on a plea of guilty, in respect of three counts of rape. He had been given lesser sentences for other counts, one of burglary, nine of sexual assault and one of attempted rape. At the time those offences were committed he was on parole in respect of a four year sentence imposed for malicious wounding. All of the offences had occurred in a single episode. He had broken and entered the house of a pregnant woman who was asleep at the time. He had grabbed her around the throat, performed oral sex on her and made her perform oral sex on him on a number of occasions. He attempted anal intercourse unsuccessfully and then had vaginal intercourse with her. She had said that she thought she was miscarrying and asked him to call an ambulance; instead he forced her to have a bath in which he attempted to wash his semen out of her vagina. He threatened that he would kill her and her family if she revealed what had happened. The application for an extension of time was refused on the basis that there was no prospect of success in his appeal against sentence.
  1. In R v Robinson the applicant was convicted after a trial of six counts of rape, one count of burglary, one count of deprivation of liberty and one of stealing. In respect of three of the rape counts, a sentence of 16 years imprisonment was imposed. The complainant was a 57 year old woman living alone. The applicant had entered her townhouse in the early hours of the morning and raped her digitally, orally and by penile penetration. After those assaults he forced her to take a shower to wash her vagina out. The applicant was 33 years of age at the date of the offences. He was a carrier of Hepatitis C but the complainant fortunately did not contract the disease from him. He had a criminal history which included a previous conviction for rape, for which, with related charges, he had served 12 years imprisonment. There was, the Court observed, no sign of remorse or obvious prospect of rehabilitation. It was argued on his behalf that other decisions did not support a range of sentence beyond 14 years imprisonment. The Court, however, citing R v Coghlan[16] and R v Mason,[17]observed that sentences of 14 years imprisonment had been upheld in cases where the offender had pleaded guilty. The application for leave to appeal against sentence was dismissed.

[16] [1998] 2 Qd R 498.

[17] [1997] QCA 67.


  1. Before us counsel for the applicant contended that judgments of the Court of Appeal supported the proposition that offences involving penile-vaginal intercourse fall into a different category for the purposes of sentence to those involving digital or oral rape.
  1. He placed reliance upon cases such as R v Robinson,[18] R v Webb[19] (in particular the remarks of McPherson JA at paragraph 25) and R v TM[20].

[18] [2007] QCA 349.

[19] [2004] QCA 448.

[20] [2005] QCA 130.


  1. Mr Greggery contended that in the case of the category of non-penile rape it was impossible to find any sentences which exceeded ten years. He submitted that a significant disparity had by now been established between the range of sentences imposed in the two categories with there being a difference of about six years.
  1. I do not think that a reading of the cases supports the proposition that there is a rigid compartmentalisation of rape offences into these two categories. In all cases it is the particular circumstances which will determine the level of criminality and together with other factors the sentence to be imposed.
  1. I think it can be accepted that as a general proposition that rape constituted by penile-vaginal or anal penetration will attract a higher sentence than rape cases involving digital or oral penetration. However there may be cases not involving penile penetration which because of their associated circumstances call for punishment which may be as great as or exceed cases involving penile penetration.
  1. The cases to which we have been referred and the remarks upon which reliance has been placed must be seen in the context of their particular facts and must be taken as being concerned with those and have to be regarded as being concerned with those.
  1. In addition to the reliance which the case of R v TM (supra) in support of the proposition just discussed, it is fair to say the counsel for the applicant focussed upon this case as one bearing considerable similarities to the present but which resulted in a significantly shorter sentence.
  1. The applicant in that case pleaded guilty to a count of rape on Thursday Island in August 2003 which was constituted by a single act of digital penetration of the vagina of a sleeping woman. Whilst he was on bail for that offence he committed a second lot of offences which included torture and two acts of rape.
  1. The complainant was a visitor from overseas in Australia on a working holiday and had commenced work at a business at which the applicant worked and had moved into accommodation at which the applicant was a caretaker. She and the applicant and another person had consumed some alcohol on the relevant evening and later the complainant went with the applicant back to his unit to watch a movie. A point was reached at which the complainant sought to leave in the face of advances made to her by the applicant. As she did so the applicant blocked her way and struck her twice with his fist. After she had cleaned herself up and was emerging from the bathroom he head butted her and grabbed her around the front of the neck and threatened to punch her again. He told her to take her underpants off and to get onto the bed and when she did so he tied her hands behind her back and her legs together with a tie between her feet and her hands. During this time he rubbed her breasts and penetrated her vagina with his finger. He repeated this shortly afterwards. Those acts constituted the first of the counts of rape. After taking photographs of her with a camera he placed a pillowcase over her head and placed a gag on her and applied shaving cream to her pubic area and shaved it before taking some photographs of her. He performed oral sex upon her and while he was doing so penetrated her vagina with his finger. This constituted the second count of rape.
  1. Later they both fell asleep and when the complainant woke the next morning she managed to free herself but found that she was dizzy and had difficulty standing up. The applicant woke and re-tied her. She was held for the whole of the following day. She was provided with food and water and escorted to the toilet but at all times had her hands tied. She was able to escape later that evening when the applicant fell asleep. In all she was held captive for 26 hours. She sustained swelling and bruising to both eyes, a swollen nose and bruising and swelling to the left ear area. He had taken photographs of her while she was undergoing the ordeal.
  1. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment for the first rape and a term of eight years imprisonment to be served cumulatively on the term of three years.
  1. The appeal was allowed but only to the extent of altering the total imprisonment so as to achieve the aim which the learned sentencing judge had intended and to accord with the principles which are applicable in relation to the declaration which he had made unders.161 of the Penalties and Sentences Act but which had not been adverted to. To do this the imprisonment for the torture count was reduced to seven years.
  1. Counsel for the respondent submitted that the present case was remarkable for the level of violence and savagery inflicted upon the complainant and her degradation over a long period of time.
  1. He contended that the case which bore the greatest similarity to the present was R v Spoehr[21].

[21] [2003] QCA 412.


  1. The applicant in that case was walking in a national park on Christmas Day and became lost. She encountered the applicant who she sought directions from. After walking together for a period he struck her over the head with a stick a number of times and she began to lose consciousness. The respondent dragged her some distance to a campsite where he had a tent. He repeatedly raped her (in the sense of penetrating her vagina with his penis) through the evening and had committed the sexual offence upon her.
  1. He ultimately led her to a point where she could safely exit the national park and go back to her hotel where she made a complaint. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 14 years and an application for leave to appeal was refused.
  1. It is undoubtedly the case that each of these cases provide some support for the submissions on sentence by counsel.
  1. However the relevant range is to be established by reference to the body of cases overall and by a comparison of the criminality involved.
  1. A number of these were referred to the learned sentencing judge and have been discussed in these reasons. A number of additional cases were referred to by each of the parties on the appeal.
  1. For my part I would not be prepared to hold that the learned sentencing judge erred in concluding that the range for the type of offending involved in this case would be some 14 to 16 years imprisonment.
  1. In my view the matter must fall below the range referred to by Keane JA in R v Robinson (supra) at paragraph 27 where he said that the range for serious sexual offences of this kind for somebody with a history of serious sexual violence found guilty after a trial of multiple rapes would be in the order of 15 to 20 years.
  1. As I have said the conduct in this case involved brutal and degrading treatment of the complainant with some features which could be described as sadistic.
  1. Nonetheless the applicant was entitled to a significant discount on the authorities for his plea of guilty on an ex officio indictment and the associated remorse.
  1. Ultimately I am persuaded that the sentence of 13 years imprisonment does not adequately allow for these factors.
  1. I would grant the application and allow the app
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Son of WA's top cop Karl O'Callaghan jailed over violent attack on woman

FEBRUARY 2 2016

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The son of the West Australian police commissioner has been jailed for more than three years for repeatedly bashing and threatening to kill his former partner in front of their young son.

Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, 34, had consumed several drugs when he attacked the 29-year-old woman in her home in August 2014 after visiting her in the hopes of reconciling.



Russell Joseph O'Callaghan has been sentenced to three years and two months behind bars. 

The Western Australian District Court heard on Tuesday that the pair argued about drug-related text messages Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, the son of the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan, was sending before he assaulted her during an ordeal that lasted about two days.

The prolonged attack included putting the woman in a headlock, strangling her, pulling her hair, sitting on her and holding scissors against her throat.

"I'm going to slit your f--king throat, bitch," he told her.

"I'm going to kill you. This is the end of your life.

"If I can't be with you then I'm just going to kill you."

The woman suffered several injuries, including scratches and bruises on her body.

Defence counsel Sandra De Maio submitted that her client's behaviour was fuelled by the "staggering" amount of drugs he had consumed, including methylamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis.

She said he was genuinely remorseful and committed to addressing his drug addiction, and had the support of hisfather, the Western Australian Police Commissioners, Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan



The  Western Australian Police Commissioners, Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan did not attend court, but provided a reference for his son.

Judge Linda Petrusa said O'Callaghan had "terrorised" the woman and she had struggled with the after-effects.

"She was entitled to feel safe in her own home and in your presence," Judge Petrusa said.

Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, the son of the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan
was sentenced to three years and two months in prison, and will be eligible for parole after serving 19 months behind bars.

With time he's already served in prison, Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, the son of the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan
could be free after about five months.


AAP


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Woman suffered horrific injuries after her BROTHER attacked her when she tried to calm him down... but he was allowed to walk free from court

               Stephen O'Callaghan punched sister Sharon after a night out drinking
 

             She was knocked out and had a broken nose and jaw injuries

              Sharon O'Callaghan's son was in next room as she was attacked

             O'Callaghan was given a suspended 12 month sentence

                    am Webb

               PuBLISHED: 12:25, 24 February 2014

           A battered mother-of-one has bravely gone public to reveal the horrific injuries she suffered after she was attacked -
 by her own brother.

          But although Sharon O’Callaghan, 31, was left scarred for life after she was knocked unconscious and suffered
a broken nose and damaged jaw,               Stephen O’Callaghan walked free from court.

          Today Miss O'Callaghan, from Blackburn, Lancashire, said: 'I feel let down by the justice system after
what he did to me and what he has now go
         away with.

'        'What have you got to do to get justice in this day and age if someone can do that and get away with it? 

+6

Horrific: Sharon O'Callaghan, who suffered severe injuries when her brother punched her

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Stephen O’Callaghan, 32, carried out the attack while drunk after a night out

'My injuries speak for themselves. Next time he does this, someone will be dead. If that’s what he will do to his own sister, then there’s no telling what he’ll do to other women.'

O’Callaghan, 32, - who has a history of domestic violence against ex-girlfriends - carried out the attack while drunk at the home he shares with his mother after an evening out in June last year.

 

His girlfriend had begun receiving phone calls and text messages from an ex-partner and as Stephen O’Callaghan flew into a rage, his worried sister intervened.

During a scuffle, Stephen O’Callaghan knocked out Miss O'Callaghan with a single punch to the face. She fell to the floor of the kitchen and as well as her other injuries she was left with a bulging bruised eye.

She had pictures taken of her injuries.

Last Friday unemployed father-of-one Stephen O’Callaghan admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stephen O’Callaghan had previously served a 100 day prison sentence in 2007 for common assault

But he was given 12 months custody, suspended for 18 months after Preston Crown Court was told he had gone to a therapy group called 'Make The Change' to address his domestic violence 'rages'.

After the case Miss O'Callaghan, whose eight year old son was in another room at the time of the attack, added: 'I honestly thought my brother was going to go to jail and I’m absolutely mortified that he hasn’t. I can’t believe he’s been allowed to walk.

'He has been in prison before for knocking out his girlfriend and obviously hasn’t shown any remorse for him to do it again. 

'I’m just glad I wasn’t in court because I would have cried if I had myself seen him walk free. At the time of the attack, my friend ran out of the room to stay with my little boy and stop him from seeing what his uncle was doing.

'When she came back into the kitchen she found me unconscious on the floor.

'I still have to walk past my brother’s house twice a day to take my son to and from school. How do I tell my son that he has been able to walk away after doing this?


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Miss O'Callaghan tried to intervene when her brother flew into a rage over texts sent to his girlfriend

'My brother is a compulsive liar, he hasn’t shown any remorse - the only consolation is he can be named and shamed. He went on that course to play the system and he has come up smelling of roses.'

Prosecutor Mr David Traynor said Miss O'Callaghan was left with a 3cm triangular laceration to her forehead which will leave permanent scarring as well as bruising to her left eye and left jaw, as well as soft tissue injury.

She was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where she was given a CT scan and stitches for her head injury. She also needed an MRI scan as her memory of the attack never fully returned.

In a victim impact statement she said that seven months after the attack she still suffers from pain in her lower jaw and said her family has been split after her mother sided with her son.

Mr Traynor added: 'She still feels very anxious as a result and fears bumping into the defendant and something else happening. She stresses that her mother has effectively sided with her son and has left her very upset.

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Sharon was left with a 3cm triangular laceration to her forehead which will leave a permanent scar

'This is a case of greater harm, the injuries are towards the top end. This is a domestic-type incident, it is not just partners who are covered but family members too.'

O’Callaghan had previously served a 100 day prison sentence in 2007 for common assault and days later a battery charge which was dealt with by a fine.

In mitigation defence counsel Mr David Ryan said his client had shown 'genuine remorse' and added: 'He had an argument with his then girlfriend and the complainant for whatever reason decided to involve herself in the argument.'

He claimed O’Callaghan had since been beaten up by a group of men who told him: 'That’s what you get for assaulting your sister'.

Sentencing, the judge Miss Recorder Anna Vigras said: 'Your record, in relation to violence and domestic situations is not a good one.

'Even bearing in mind your guilty plea it would be an immediate custodial sentence if not for the fact you have undertaken work in the Make the Change programme and had the opportunity and taken the opportunity to reflect what happened that evening.

'For your guilty plea I give you credit and for the work you have done and in terms of your remorse I am able to impose a sentence of prison but it is suspended.'

O’Callaghan was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work. He must also stay away from his sister for two years under the terms of a restraining order.

Shigufta Khan, an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate based in Blackburn, said after the case: 'I really think that women are feeling more empowered and more confident to speak out and to report crimes.

'So often victims of violence feel that they are totally alone and that nothing like this is happening to anyone else and what Sharon is doing is offering a type of peer support to other women that may be suffering.'

Det Con John Banks of Lancashire Police said: 'The injuries Sharon suffered were horrific. I am really pleased that Sharon has chosen to share her story and I hope that it encourages more victims to report these types of crimes.'



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Channel 7 Report presented this picture of what the boot look like of the car that police found when they searched a car in an undercover oeration of Nothbridge, Perth...
The former head of WA's prostitution taskforce Con Bayens thought that what was in this man's boot was all that is need for an abduction and the boot was lined with blue plastic,.
the reported started on the TV Investigation that the car looked like and unmarked police car...



Above: Retired police officer that passed on the information of what he found in a man's car as above in an undercover police opperatio, which made him feel this man could be the Calremont Serial Killer, however he was shocked to realise that the Macro Task Force that was in charge of Investigating the Claremont Serial Murders did not follow the information up that he gave them about this man and the fact that he found the following in the boot that was lines with blue plastic:
Pliers, tape and wore ties , which aere all items that could be used in an abduction


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'Don't worry about it, we've got our man': Is this the moment police let the Claremont Killer

walk free because they were too focused on tying another man to the crime?

  • The Claremont Killer serial murders is a notorious Australian cold case
  • Three women were abducted in 1996 and 1997 from the Perth suburb
  • The cases were all strikingly similar, yet the killer has never been found
  • A former detective speaks out about a potential suspect who walked
  • Says investigators were fixed on one man, rejected all other possibilities
  • Con Bayens recalls a chilling incident which set off alarm bells
  • Case is Australia's longest running and most expensive investigation 

The Claremont killer, who abducted and murdered three young blonde women, was never captured and could still be walking the streets almost 20 years on – and it's suggested police may have let the culprit go.

Taskforce Macro have been investigaing the Perth serial murders in what has become Australia's longest running and most expensive active man hunt

The FBI, Nassar and a former Mossad agent have been called on to assist - yet the person or people responsible remain at large.

The bodies of Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, were found dumped in bushland in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

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Despite ongoing investigation Taskforce Macro the mass murderer who killed three women in affluent Perth suburb Claremont hasn't been found

Despite ongoing investigation Taskforce Macro the mass murderer who killed three women in affluent Perth suburb Claremont hasn't been found


Jane Rimmer's (left) body was found in 1996 two months after she disappared, Ciara Glennon's (right) was found just under three weeks after her 1997 disappearance



However, the body of the first victim, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers is yet to be found after she disappeared from a pub in the affluent Perth suburb of Claremont on Australia Day in 1996.

Police officers have now spoken out to allege the investigations were bungled, with potential suspects allowed to walk and key pieces of evidence disregarded.

A terrifying encounter with a sinister man in a car equipped with 'abduction tools' has been pinpointed as a potential moment the police allowed a prime suspect to walk away without inquiry, as they were too focused on a man they believed to be the killer.

'It seems to me the Macro taskforce was a situation where the cops really mucked up and now we've got a cover up. And that's the saddest part, that they've never said 'we made a mistake', said former West Australian officer Con Bayens.




Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer both disappeared after spending time at Bayview Terrace in Perth's Claremont (pictured). Ciara Glennon had been at another establishment in the precinct, just 200 metres away

The former head of WA's prostitution taskforce says police looking for the Claremont serial killer in the 1990s and 2000s were dismissive of a suspect because they were too focused on trying to tie another man to the crime.

In 2008 the man, public servant Lance Williams, was finally dismissed as a suspect after years of round-the-clock surveillance.

Mr Bayens fears investigators failed to adequately probe potential suspects he encountered while running his taskforce between July 2000 and August 2002.

One particularly harrowing night has 'haunted' him 'for years' and Mr Bayens is adamant the disturbing man he found was never properly investigated by the taskforce.

The former head of WA's prostitution taskforce Con Bayens believes the taskforce missed crucial opportunities to explore suspects - including a suspicious character he encountered in 2002

Mr Bayens recalls the chilling night he pulled over a man during an undercover operation in Highgate in 2002 - 11 kilometres away from Claremont.

The boot was lined with blue plastic and there was a pair of pliers and masking tape – disturbing equipment which he believed appeared to be for an abduction.

The driver was questioned but Mr Bayens does not know why he was cleared in inquiries by officers on Task Force Macro, which was set up to investigate the killings.

The boot was lined with blue plastic and there was a pair of pliers and masking tape – disturbing equipment which he believed appeared to be for an abduction

Mr Bayens said the head investigator into the killings had rejected his offer to pass on information from the undercover operation, which was uncovering people every night 'and every one of them had the potential to be the Claremont serial killer.'

However, his offer was rejected by the chief investigator, to his astonishment.

'He said, 'Don't worry about it, Con, we've got our man.' And those words will stick with me forever,' he said.

'That just hit about 10 on my weird s***-o-meter.'

WA Police insist they looked into the sinister man Mr Bayens encountered, but the former constable insists the enquiry never took place.

12 years after her disappearance, CCTV footage of Jane Rimmer outside Claremont's Continental Hotel was finally released. She ran into a man she seemed to recgonise just minutes before she disappeared

'What happened? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I'd love to see the proof,' he said.

Police still believe they will find the killer, who abducted and murdered the women after they partied at nightspots in the affluent suburb of Claremont.

The three disappearances were extremely similar – as former Ferguson puts it 'they each got into the wrong car and it cost them their lives.'

Investigators believe the women trusted the drivers of the vehicles so focussed their attention on taxi drivers –taking DNA samples from thousands of registered cab drivers in the city.

The three disappearances were extremely similar – as former Ferguson puts it 'they each got into the wrong car and it cost them their lives' (the taskforce pictured in the 1990s)

The three disappearances were extremely similar – as former Ferguson puts it 'they each got into the wrong car and it cost them their lives' (the taskforce pictured in the 1990s)

The women disappeared in 1996 and 1997 in the ritzy western Perth suburb, Claremont in an area that was a hub of activity.

Sarah Spiers was just 18 years old when she became the first victim in the Claremont serial murders.

She left a nightclub in Claremont, Club Bayview, on Australia Day 1996 and called for a cab from a payphone at 2.06. By the time the taxi arrived at 2.14am, she had disappeared. Her body has never been found.

On June 6 of that year childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from the same Claremont pub – Club Bayview after declining a lift with friends.

Her body was found two months later August 3 in dense bushland south of Perth. She was found naked, partially decomposed and covered with leaves and twigs.

The third incident occurred early the following year on March 15, 1997. Ciara Glennon, a 27-year-old lawyer, disappeared from Claremont's Continental Hotel, just 200 metres from Club Bayview in the same party precinct.

She wandered out onto the Sterling Highway, potentially in search of a taxi. A witness told police they saw her talking to someone in a car. When the witness looked back a moment later, Ciara and the car were both gone.


Sarah Spiers was just 18 years old when she became the first victim in the Claremont serial murders

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the police wil never and have never admitted that they make mistakes thats the main reson ppl dont trust them anymore they seem to think their infalable

I thought it was just Victoria Police that were useless!!!

The Police are bungling idiots. No wonder the culprit has never been caught. Caper Cops, I'd call it.

I lived in that area during that time and the cops really did stuff this whole thing up BIG TIME.

Typical police







The Claremont serial murders is the name given by the media to a case involving the murder of two young Australian women, aged 23 and 27 and the disappearance of a third, aged 18 in 1996 and 1997 in Claremont, a wealthy western suburb of Perth, Western Australia. All three women disappeared in similar circumstances after attending night spots in Claremont, leading police to suspect that an unidentified serial killer was the offender.

Background

The case began with the disappearance of Sarah Spiers, 18, on 26 January 1996, after she left a nightclub in the centre of Claremont. Her disappearance was described by her friends and family as out of character and attracted massive publicity. Spiers had apparently called a taxi from a phone booth but was not present when the responding vehicle arrived. Her fate remained uncertain.

Some months later, on 9 June 1996, Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from the same part of Claremont. Her body was found in bushland near Woolcoot Road, Wellard, in August 1996

On 14 March 1997, Ciara Glennon, a 27-year-old lawyer, disappeared from the Claremont area. Her body was found on 3 April, near a track in scrub off Pipidinny Road in Eglinton, a northern suburb of Perth. After this murder police confirmed that they were searching for a serial killer.

Each of the women had attended either a pub called The Continental (later renamed The Red Rock and now known as The Claremont Hotel) and/or the nightclub Club Bayview.

Possible related cases

It has also been suggested by Liam Bartlett, a journalist, that Sarah Spiers was not the first victim.[3] He wrote that police have told the father of a fourth missing woman, 22-year-old Julie Cutler, that his daughter was probably a victim of the Claremont killer.

Ms. Cutler, a university student, from Fremantle, vanished after leaving a staff function at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth at 9pm, one night in 1988. Her car was found in the surf near the groyne at Cottesloe Beach two days later. Her fate is also unknown.

Investigation and speculation

The Western Australian Police established a special task force to investigate the case. It was given the name "Macro". Several phases have elapsed in the course of the continuing work of the task force.

Initial suspicion focused on the taxi-drivers of Perth because of the women last seen in circumstances where they may have been seeking taxi service. There had also been a predisposition to this possibility because of reports from late 1995 of possible improper conduct by some drivers. A massive DNA-testing exercise was carried out to cover all of the taxi drivers licensed in Western Australia; a group of more than two thousand. A thorough review of the character/background standards for drivers was conducted and led to drivers with any significant criminal history being de-licensed. Training for drivers and examining standards for license eligibility were raised. Stricter standards were also applied to verifying that decommissioned taxi vehicles were stripped of any insignia and equipment that could be used to falsely purport that a vehicle was a taxi. While this had the beneficial side-effect of improving the quality of the taxi service and enhancing the confidence of the public in using it, the investigation itself does not appear to have progressed.

In the next major development, a junior officer of the Western Australian Public Service was targeted by police as the prime suspect, after he attracted their attention during a decoy operation.[3] The suspect made himself known to the media and asserted his innocence. He was subjected to a high level of overt surveillance, apparently with the purpose of prompting a confession. Although this continued for several years, the suspect maintained his innocence and appears to have intact alibis. The police declared late 2008 that he was "no longer a person of interest".

It was reported that police also investigated whether Bradley John Murdoch, the convicted killer of British tourist Peter Falconio may have been involved, although Murdoch was serving a custodial sentence from November 1995 until February 1997.

One of the tactics used by the Macro Task-force was the distribution of questionnaires to "persons of interest", including various confrontational enquiries such as "Are you the killer?" The utility of this approach was disputed and the choice of persons to whom they were sent was controversial. One was a prominent civil libertarian and local government figure, Peter Weygers. He was mayor of the Town of Claremont at the time of the women's disappearance/demise and was involved in some disputes with the victims' families concerning the duty of care of the local authority in securing the district. He also was leasing a premises to a taxi-driver who attracted police attention to himself by claiming to have transported Sarah Spiers in his taxi shortly before her disappearance. Weygers' premises were raided by the police and he and his tenant were obliged to give samples for DNA testing. 
As with other avenues of investigation, nothing was to come of it.

In October 2006, it was announced that Mark Dixie (AKA Shane Turner), who was convicted in the United Kingdom for the 2005 murder of 18-year-old model Sally Anne Bowman, was a prime suspect in the killings, and the WA Police's Macro Taskforce requested DNA samples from Dixie to test against evidence taken during the inquiry. However, WA Police Deputy Commissioner Murray Lampard was later quoted as saying "Dixie was closely investigated at the time and eventually ruled out as a suspect."

In a memoir titled The End of Innocence, published in 2007, Estelle Blackburn, a Western Australian journalist and author, speculated that her former partner, who had assaulted and threatened many times to kill her, may be the killer; claiming that he had performed maintenance on taxi vehicles and often had overnight access to them. This was further explored in a two-part episode of the ABC's television programme, Australian Story, in November 2007.[

Arrest

A man was arrested on 22 December 2016, in regard to the wilful murder of both Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.[12] According to a report by ABC News, the man is believed to have no previous link to the case. The man, Bradley Robert Edwards, was subsequently charged with both murders on 23 December 2016.[13] He has also been charged over two other alleged attacks, one against a 17-year-old girl in Claremont in 1995, and the other against an 18-year-old woman in Huntingdale in 1988.


'Don't worry about it, we've got our man': Is this the moment police let the Claremont Killer walk free because they were too focused on tying another man to the crime?

  • The Claremont Killer serial murders is a notorious Australian cold case
  • Three women were abducted in 1996 and 1997 from the Perth suburb
  • The cases were all strikingly similar, yet the killer has never been found
  • A former detective speaks out about a potential suspect who walked
  • Says investigators were fixed on one man, rejected all other possibilities
  • Con Bayens recalls a chilling incident which set off alarm bells
  • Case is Australia's longest running and most expensive investigation 

By Lucy Thackray for Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 17:41, 31 May 2015

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3104708/Don-t-worry-ve-got-man-moment-police-charge-hunting-Claremont-Killer-let-prime-suspect-walk-free-focused-tying-man-crime.html

The Claremont killer, who abducted and murdered three young blonde women, was never captured and could still be walking the streets almost 20 years on – and it's suggested police may have let the culprit go.

Taskforce Macro have been investigaing the Perth serial murders in what has become Australia's longest running and most expensive active man hunt

The FBI, Nassar and a former Mossad agent have been called on to assist - yet the person or people responsible remain at large.

The bodies of Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, were found dumped in bushland in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

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Despite ongoing investigation Taskforce Macro the mass murderer who killed three women in affluent Perth suburb Claremont hasn't been found


Jane Rimmer's (left) body was found in 1996 two months after she disappared, Ciara Glennon's (right) was found just under three weeks after her 1997 disappearance

However, the body of the first victim, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers is yet to be found after she disappeared from a pub in the affluent Perth suburb of Claremont on Australia Day in 1996.

Police officers have now spoken out to allege the investigations were bungled, with potential suspects allowed to walk and key pieces of evidence disregarded.

A terrifying encounter with a sinister man in a car equipped with 'abduction tools' has been pinpointed as a potential moment the police allowed a prime suspect to walk away without inquiry, as they were too focused on a man they believed to be the killer.

'It seems to me the Macro taskforce was a situation where the cops really mucked up and now we've got a cover up. And that's the saddest part, that they've never said 'we made a mistake', said former West Australian officer Con Bayens.

Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer both disappeared after spending time at Bayview Terrace in Perth's Claremont (pictured). Ciara Glennon had been at another establishment in the precinct, just 200 metres away

The former head of WA's prostitution taskforce says police looking for the Claremont serial killer in the 1990s and 2000s were dismissive of a suspect because they were too focused on trying to tie another man to the crime.

In 2008 the man, public servant Lance Williams, was finally dismissed as a suspect after years of round-the-clock surveillance.

Mr Bayens fears investigators failed to adequately probe potential suspects he encountered while running his taskforce between July 2000 and August 2002.

One particularly harrowing night has 'haunted' him 'for years' and Mr Bayens is adamant the disturbing man he found was never properly investigated by the taskforce.


The former head of Western Australia's Prostitution Task Force Con Bayens believes the Macro Task Force under the then head Assistant Commissioner David Caporn that has been in charge of the investigation into the Claremont Serial Abductions and killings, missed crucial opportunities to explore suspects including a suspicious character Con Bayens encountered in 2002.

The former head of WA's prostitution taskforce Con Bayens believes the taskforce missed crucial opportunities to explore suspects - including a suspicious character he encountered in 2002

Mr Bayens recalls the chilling night he pulled over a man during an undercover operation in Highgate in 2002 - 11 kilometres away from Claremont.

The boot was lined with blue plastic and there was a pair of pliers and masking tape – disturbing equipment which he believed appeared to be for an abduction.

The driver was questioned but Mr Bayens does not know why he was cleared in inquiries by officers on Task Force Macro, which was set up to investigate the killings.

The boot of the suspiciois man's car, that Chanel & reporter said looked like an undercover polic e car,  was lined with blue plastic and there was a pair of pliers and masking tape – disturbing equipment which he believed appeared to be for an abduction

Mr Bayens said the head investigator into the killings had rejected his offer to pass on information from the undercover operation, which was uncovering people every night 'and every one of them had the potential to be the Claremont serial killer.'

However, his offer was rejected by the chief investigator, to his astonishment.

'He said, 'Don't worry about it, Con, we've got our man.' And those words will stick with me forever,' he said.

'That just hit about 10 on my weird s***-o-meter.'

WA Police insist they looked into the sinister man Mr Bayens encountered, but the former constable insists the enquiry never took place.




12 years after her disappearance, CCTV footage of Jane Rimmer outside Claremont's Continental Hotel was finally released.
 Jane Rimmer ran into a man she seemed to recognize just minutes before she disappeared. Some witnesses say it looks like a man the Western Australian Police know uses  the name of John Roache, who was previously in around 1988 involved in a kid napping and attempted murder attempt. The question also has to be asked does this look like Mr Mark Philip Dixie.




Photos of Mark Philip Dixie above

'What happened? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I'd love to see the proof,' he said.

Police still believe they will find the killer, who abducted and murdered the women after they partied at nightspots in the affluent suburb of Claremont.

The three disappearances were extremely similar – as former Ferguson puts it 'they each got into the wrong car and it cost them their lives.'

Investigators believe the women trusted the drivers of the vehicles so focussed their attention on taxi drivers –taking DNA samples from thousands of registered cab drivers in the city.

The three disappearances were extremely similar – as former Ferguson puts it 'they each got into the wrong car and it cost them their lives' (the taskforce pictured in the 1990s)

The women disappeared in 1996 and 1997 in the ritzy western Perth suburb, Claremont in an area that was a hub of activity.

Sarah Spiers was just 18 years old when she became the first victim in the Claremont serial murders.

She left a nightclub in Claremont, Club Bayview, on Australia Day 1996 and called for a cab from a payphone at 2.06. By the time the taxi arrived at 2.14am, she had disappeared. Her body has never been found.

On June 6 of that year childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from the same Claremont pub – Club Bayview after declining a lift with friends.

Her body was found two months later August 3 in dense bushland south of Perth. She was found naked, partially decomposed and covered with leaves and twigs.

The third incident occurred early the following year on March 15, 1997. Ciara Glennon, a 27-year-old lawyer, disappeared from Claremont's Continental Hotel, just 200 metres from Club Bayview in the same party precinct.

She wandered out onto the Sterling Highway, potentially in search of a taxi. A witness told police they saw her talking to someone in a car. When the witness looked back a moment later, Ciara and the car were both gone.

Sarah Spiers was just 18 years old when she became the first victim in the Claremont serial murders





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Man charged over killing of Irish woman in Australian serial killer case

He is charged with the murders of two women – a third woman was also killed but the investigation is still open.

http://www.thejournal.ie/australia-serial-killer-charged-3157003-Dec2016/

Dec 23rd 2016,

A MAN HAS been charged in an infamous Australian serial killer case after one of the country’s longest and most complex police investigations spanning 20 years.

One of his alleged victims was Ciara Glennon, who moved to Australia with her Irish family when she was five years old. She disappeared at the age of 27.

The deaths of Glennon and two other women who disappeared from the upmarket Perth suburb of Claremont after a night out between 1996 and 1997 shocked the country and struck fear into the city.

Police struggled to pin the blame on anyone and followed thousands of leads before arresting Bradley Edwards, 48, at a home in a Perth suburb yesterday.

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/717952949473779712/ynsWPR7I_normal.jpg Nine News Perth 

@9NewsPerth

'REST IN POWER' - Tributes are being placed in Claremont after 48yo Bradley Edwards charged over 2 of the Claremont serial killer murders.

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Source: Nine News Perth/Twitter

He was charged with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, whose bodies were found dumped in bushland. But an investigation into the killing of Sarah Spiers remains ongoing. Her body has never been found.

Edwards, who police allege acted alone, was also accused of attacking two other women. Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said authorities never gave up.

In an interview with the Irish Times in 1999, Ciara Glennon’s father Denis said that “justice must prevail”, adding that finding the perpetrator would “be like closing a chapter but it also means the whole horror of what happened to Ciara will be revealed and I am not looking forward to that for any of our sakes”.

“This has already been the biggest and most complex police investigation in WA history,” said Commissioner O’Callaghan. “Hundreds of police officers have worked on this case over the past 20 years.

Operation Macro has been a massive body of work involving thousands and thousands of investigative actions.

Local media reports said Edwards showed no emotion when he appeared in court. He was remanded in custody to reappear on January 11.

Comments are closed as a man has been charged.

- © AFP, 2016 - Additional reporting Aoife Barry

Has Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards been framed for the Claremont Serial Killings?

                 http://www.inlnews.com/ClaremontSerialMurdersWA.html

The AWN investigators have spoken to a witness who says that the Macro Task Force acting for the Western Australian Police Service and the Western Australian Government have deliberately set up Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards .. as a political stunt to help the Liberal Party win the next Western Australia state elections in March, 2017 and to help the real Claremont Serial Killers escape who are responsible for other murders from ever being expose, prosecuted and tried .... The same witness knows some of the people who were involved in the Claremont Serial Killings and other murders and disappearances of innocent young women in Perth, Western Australia ... The Western Australian Police, the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callaghan, 
the Western Australian Attorney General, Michael Mishin, the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett, the Western Australian Minister for Police and the Western Australian Government have shown no interest is looking at or knowing about any other evidence regarding the Claremont Serial Killings and other murders and disappearances of innocent young women in Perth, Western Australia ... other that alleged evidence that  is said in the media that is meant to proven beyond reasonable doubt that Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards is the Claremont Serial Killer, and that Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards was able and capable single handed to carry out the abduction and murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon .. with a serious public implication that Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards is also responsible for the abduction of Sarah Spiers ....
No logical straight thinking person could ever believe that Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards could have been able to single handed and with contacts with corrupt police and other very powerful people and networks .... to be able to abduct and Ciara Glennon with the heat of the massive Macro Task Force constantly combing the streets of Claremont with undercover operatives and other massive police resources ......
Any logical and thinking person would have to question all this and say that something does not add up here..




                                                                                    

                                        Bradley Robert Edwards (pictured left) was arrested and charged with the murders of two other women who
                                          disappeared from Claremont in 1996 and 1997 - Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27

                                                       
                                                        Western Australian PoliceSearch Kewdale  House of Bradley Robert Edwards


Living In The Shadow Of The Claremont Killings

We've all been waiting more than twenty years for a breakthrough.

 23/12/2016

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/12/22/living-in-the-shadow-of-the-claremont-killings/

Libby-Jane Charleston    HuffPost Australia

 

Ciara Glennon

A dreadful cloud of fear settled over the city of Perth when three young women were killed, one by one. And despite the passage of 20 years, it has never quite lifted.

The Claremont murders are some of Australia's most enduring cold case files, and now reports suggest a man has been arrested in connection with them, some 20 years later.

Regardless of this latest development, these killings changed Perth forever.

Ciara Glennon, aged 27, Jane Rimmer, 23 and Sarah Spiers, 18 disappeared from Claremont in 1996 and 1997. The bodies of Ciara and Jane were later found but Sarah's body has never been recovered.

What made it so frightening is that it happened in a 'safe suburb.' It happened to girls who could have been anybody's daughter, sister or best friend.

The murders changed people's social habits and it made people feel unsafe. As young women, we were told not to go out in pairs, only go out in a group of at least three. Do not catch a taxi. Do not hitchhike. Women were scared to go to pubs and nightclubs. The fear was quite palpable. And what made it even worse is that nearly 20 years later the killer hadn't been caught.

How could it be that even with CCTV cameras and DNA, a killer had seemingly gotten away with the crime of snuffing out the lives of three beautiful young women?

All three girls had been socialising in the 'nice, safe suburb' of affluent Claremont. Yet the killer found a way to kidnap them, kill them and leave two of their bodies in bushland, without a trace of evidence. It was like the killer vanished into thin air. Along with the body of victim Sarah Spiers, which is yet to be found.

There are few West Australians who don't immediately recognise the girls' faces, which have been plastered on posters and across newspapers and TV reports for the last twenty years. The phrase 'Claremont Serial Killer' was a constant on everybody's lips. Even today, many in Perth who had been teenagers at the time the girls went missing have a story to tell.

Urban myths are stones that still gather moss, no matter how many years have rolled passed.

Jane Rimmer

Even this journalist, (who hails from Perth), has a connection; my friend's boyfriend had dated one of the victims. And the father of my family friend had worked with a victim's father. She told of the unspeakable horror of the girl's parents when police broke the news that that their beloved daughter's body had been discovered.

My friends and I had walked home from the Claremont pub many times. Sometimes we would stupidly hitch-hike. But never again. Task Force Macro, Australia's longest-running murder investigation, has investigated more than 3,000 people over the years. That's why a breakthrough, for the people of Perth, is a long time coming.

Journalist Ros Thomas was working as a reporter for the Seven Network's Today Tonight at the time of the killings and she was invited to spend a night with Taskforce Macro.

"All of a sudden, one of the cops turned to me and said, 'You'd be the killer's perfect victim. You're a size 12, fair-haired and curvy,'" Thomas told The Huffington Post Australia.

(Another journalist told me, when I repeated what Thomas had said; "That's something only a Perth cop would say.")

Ciara Glennon

"It was a strange night following the taskforce around at night. They'd sit in cars, waiting outside the Claremont pub and making sure any women leaving would be safely getting in cars with friends. But most people stayed well away from Claremont. And, of course nobody dared to catch a taxi," Thomas said.

The first suspect in the killings was a taxi driver. That's because Jane, Ciara and Sarah had told friends they were catching a taxi home. The phrase, "Don't get a taxi!" was thrown at anybody going out for a drink in the affluent western suburbs.

"We all had our theories. There was a well-known local politician I interviewed on an unrelated story and he had an employee who was a taxi driver. There were stories going around about the politician's possible connection with the crimes. One theory is that the politician used the taxi driver to get his victims, then he could have his way with them," Thomas told The Huffington Post Australia.

"That's another thing the cops told me. That most serial killers practice a lot before they get their 'perfect murder' and there were a string of crimes that had similarities to the Claremont killings. Then the killer got good at what he was doing and that the three Claremont murders were finally his perfect murders.

"On a personal note: the photograph the police used of Jane Rimmer showed her in a dress that was identical to a dress I'd recently worn to a friend's wedding. That always freaked me out -- that Jane and I had the same dress and that dress was all over the news. Also there was so many stories swirling around Perth: stories that a man was driving around Claremont with an axe, masking tape and black plastic. Stories that a 13-year-old girl who was murdered years ago was his first victim."

As recently as 2008, police released previously unseen CCTV footage, showing Jane Rimmer exchanging a greeting with an unidentified man outside the Continental Hotel in Claremont at midnight on June 9, the night she disappeared.


CCTV footage showing Jane Rimmer outside the Continental Hotel in Claremont in 1996. This footage wasn't released until 2008.
the Mystery man looks like John Roache, a man that was hired to murder another West Australian in 1988/89

The hotel had closed for the night and a man approaches Jane; she seems to acknowledge him. Then he walks out of view while Jane remains on the footpath for several minutes. When the rotating camera moves away from Jane, then returns -- she is gone.

For now, the people of Perth are desperately waiting for closure. And, of course, the family of Sarah Spiers, will be living in hope that they might finally be able to bury their beloved daughter.

Sarah Spiers





Family History of Siok Puay Koh, more commonly known in Perth Western Australian social Circles as Tootsie, who as building magnates de-facto wife for around 40 years, as part of an family arrangement for  Siok Puay Koh's family and business connection to pump in billions of dollars in Len Buckeridge's BGC Companies form the 1960's onwards.... to the day of the death of Len Buckeridge in March 2014.


I live in Singapore and I welcome you to my personal page of what i like to do when i am not at work. Most of it is related to my bird watching, nature and heritage experiences and trips.

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Birdwatching in Pasir Ris Park (Pied Fantail)

The next generation of Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) chicks were seen again almost a year one from the last time i saw them. This time round, they were still hatchlings compared to my previous posting back in May 2015 when they were already juveniles getting ready to fly and way oversized for the nest that it was hatched on.

While exploring the Park, was happy to see the Spotted Wood Owl again, although i saw only one.



Spotted Wood Owl 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lee Hong Neo (Bukit Brown)

Madam Lee Hong Neo passed away at the age of 80 on March 25, 1940 and is buried in Block 4 Section C plot 2014. The names of two sons are mentioned in her tomb, Koh Eng Hoe and Koh Eng Tiong. Also visible are names of  her grandchildren, Koh Choon Hong and Koh Chew Bock.


Madam Lee Hong Neo 

Madam Lee Hong Neo's tomb being enveloped by a Banyan Tree

Names of son and some of the grandchildren still visibl


Death

The death notice is the first evidence and the names of the sons match. So do the year of death of Madam Lee Hong Neo matches the Year and Month of the notice below as well in the Bukit Brown burial registrar.

Burial registrar entry matches the location and plot number


Family

I will start with the family members of Madam Lee Hong Neo that were easily discernible from reading the names of her son and grandson. One of her grandson scored many first in the legal domain, being the colony first Chinese District Judge and Deputy Public Prosecutor.

Son: Koh Eng Tiong 
I do not have much information about Koh Eng Tiong, but interesting enough, Koh Eng Tiong's son, Koh Choon Hong whose name appears at the tomb as the grandson of Madam Lee Hong Neo scores many mentions. Koh Choon Hong, born in Malaya, studied in Anglo Chinese School, Singapore. He went on to study law in Emanuel College, Cambridge in 1925. Called to Bar in June 1929, Koh Choon Hong was admitted to the Colony Bar in 1932. He went on to be an Assistant Official Assignee. He became the colony first Chinese District Judge and in July 1940, Koh Choon Hong was appointed Deputy Public Prosecutor in 1940, the first Chinese to receive this position.

Koh Choon Hong was appointed Referee of Titles by the Perak Government during the Dinding retro-cession back to Perak and was the Custodian of Enemy Property during World War II. In 1945, he served as a Major in the Intelligence Section of the British Army, Commissioner in Malayanisation Commission; Secretary-General, Labour Party (1954);  the Vice-President of the Singapore People's Alliance (1956). He stood for elections in the 1959 Singapore Legislative Assembly Elections and won for the Joo Chiat Constituency. 


Singapore Free Press November 13, 1925 , p 8.




Another interesting note was that Koh Choon Hong stood for the 1957 Legislative Assembly By- Elections as an Independent Candidate. He lost to Lee Kuan Yew of the People's Action Party.



 Choon Hong Koh


The picture shows Miss Sok Puay Koh (left) and Miss Siok Tian Koh (right).





References
Chinese Dinner For Singapore's New Knight.(1937, July 1)The Straits Times. Page 20
Mainly About Malayan. (1940, July 28). The Straits Times, Page 8
S'pore Assemblyman's daughter wins Perth beauty title. (1961, October 25). The Singapore Free Press, page 4

The picture shows Miss Sok Puay Koh (left) and Miss Siok Tian Koh (right).

Koh Siok Puay and Koh Siok Tian 

S'pore Assemblyman's daughter wins Perth beauty title

The Singapore Free Press, 25 October 1961, Page 4

 

Katong: Wed 25th October, 1961

Two Singapore girls studying law at the University of Western Australia I Perth will spend their Christma holidat in Melbourne because one of them recently won a beauty contest. They are Miss Siok Pauy Koh, 19, and Misss Siok Tian Koh, 17, daughters of Mr. Choon Hong Koh, lawyer and Assemblyman for Joo Chiat, The beauty contest winner was Miss Siok Tian Koh, who tied for first place in the recent Miss University competition, winning a free return air trip form Perth to Melbourne. The girls who share a flat at Claremont, as suburb of Perth,  will spend a few weeks in Melbourne with their friends. They are good cooks, housekeepers and dress makers. After completing their studies, Miss Siok Tian Koh hopes to join her father’s law firm and her sister plans to join the diplomatic service. The picture shows Miss Sok Puay Koh (left) and Miss Siok Tian Koh (right).


     "....next time Len Buckeridge will do a proper job on me and I will be dead for sure and certain.."...said the Late John Carew-Reid in about 1968/1969


Well Known Perth High Society Carew-Reid family to join the legal claims against the estate of the Late Len Buckeridge for conspiracy to defraud the Carew-Reid Family of their ownership and life tenancies of their Carew-Reid family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park. The other defendants in court cation being taken out against the the Estate of the Late Len Buckeridge and the Buckeridge Family Company Esther Investments Pty Ltd will be:
Len Bukeridges de-facto wife Siok Pauy Koh, 
The Western Australian Public Trustee
The Western Australian Government
The Ex Western Australian Public Trustee Ken Bradley
The Ex-Deputy Western Australian Public Trustee, Alistair Borg
The Western Australian Police Service
Barristers and Solicitors David Lancelot Jones and James Hockley
The Estate of the Late Len Buckeridge
Esther Investments Pty Ltd

Talk about a family feud! Squabble over late construction magnate's $2.5billion estate heads to court as TWENTY-TWO parties across three generations fail to agree in mediation

  • Len Buckeridge's estate of $2.5 billion has caused family legal battle
  • His de facto partner Siok Puay Koh has launched bid to claim their mansion
  • Buckeridge's ex wife, six children and eight grandchildren are also fighting
  • Mediation failed and the matter could head to court for a civil trial 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3821659/Construction-tycoon-s-family-head-court-2-5-billion-estate.html

By Rachel Eddie For Daily Mail Australia



The family battle over a construction tycoon's multi-billion dollar estate could head to court.

Len Buckeridge's six children, eight grandchildren, and ex partners have been contesting his $2.5 billion estate after he died of a heart attack in 2014 aged 77.

And the battle could head to court for a civil trial after mediation between 22 parties failed to resolve the matter, the West Australian Supreme Court was told on Tuesday, The Australian reported.

                                        

                                                              Len Buckeridge is pictured with his Siok Puay Koh of 40 years 

BGC Contracting is part of BGC Australia Pty Ltd, a diverse construction, manufacturing and contracting organisation with vast scale, an impressive depth of knowledge and robust financial backing. Since its beginnings in 1957, the BGC Group has grown with an annual turnover in excess of $2.5 billion, making it one of Australia's largest privately owned companies.
                                                                                   

Buckeridge Group of Companies, commonly known as BGC, is a private corporate group of construction and building-related companies operating primarily in Western Australia.

BCG is one of the largest privately owned companies in Australia. It was owned entirely by its founder, Leonard Buckeridge, until his death in 2014.

BGC consists of the following companies:

The BCG companies were the largest home builders in Australia for six straight years,[4] through their subsidiary companies including National Homes, Designer Homes, JCP Construction, Impressions the Home Builder, Commodore Homes, Perceptions The Two-Storey Builder, Stratawise, HomeStart, WA Housing Centre and BGC Modular. Additionally, the Buckeridge Group of Companies also trades as the following brands: Ventura Homes, Smart Homes for Living and Aussie Living Homes.


                            BGC Group Operations

Today, the BGC Group’s wide range of vertically integrated operations employs more than 5,500 staff and contractors and includes:

  • Residential and commercial building
  • Building and construction products
  • Manufacturing
  • Contract mining
  • Civil engineering, construction and maintenance
  • Quarrying
  • Road transport
  • Property ownership and management
  • Insurance


Buckeridge's de facto partner of 40-years, Siok Puay Koh, known as Tootsie, recently launched a separate legal bid to claim ownership of the home she shared with him.

Ms Koh claims he had promised to leave her the Perth property, but the $8 million Mosman Park mansion is owned by a family holding company.

She is also concerned the BGC shares she inherited had 'significantly declined' in value, counsel for Ms Koh said on Tuesday.

The family battle over a construction tycoon's multi-billion dollar estate could head to court.

Len Buckeridge's six children, eight grandchildren, and ex partners have been contesting his $2.5 billion estate after he died of a heart attack in 2014 aged 77.

And the battle could head to court for a civil trial after mediation between 22 parties failed to resolve the matter, the West Australian Supreme Court was told on Tuesday, The Australian reported.

 

Buckeridge's de facto partner of 40-years, Siok Puay Koh, known as Tootsie, recently launched a separate legal bid to claim ownership of the home she shared with him.

Ms Koh claims he had promised to leave her the Perth property, but the $8 million Mosman Park mansion is owned by a family holding company.

She is also concerned the BGC shares she inherited had 'significantly declined' in value, counsel for Ms Koh said on Tuesday.


The Stephen granddaughters live in a luxurious mansion (pictured) in an exclusive Sydney suburb with their mother

Mr Buckeridge founded the Buckeridge Group of Companies -
a group of construction and building-related companies operating primarily in Western Australia.
 BGC has more than 4000 staff



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In the early days in the 1960's when as a young architect Leonard Walter  Buckeridge started his BGC Companies with a working capital no more that a few hundred thousand dollars, using his mothers land and Swan River frontage home in Johnson Parade, Mosman Park as borrowing power to back the development of his BGC Companies.  To improve the value of the new home he was designing and building for his mother in Mosman Park, Len Buckeridge designed and built his mother's home in Johnson Parade Mosman Park above the legal hight limit set by the Mosman Park Council, and block the legal views of the Carew-Reid family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park and  any views of any home the Carew-Reid's may one day build on their other land at 137 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia.
When the Late John Carew-Reid  spoke calmly to Len Buckeridgge in 1968/69 that he should refrain form continuing to build his mother's home above the legal hight limit... Len Buckeiridge's response was to try to murder the Late John Carew-Reid, by bashing the Late John Carew-Reid over the back of the head with a large piece of jarrah wood..

 The Late John Carew-Reid collapsed and was unconcious with people thinking he was dead ....but luckily he lived... the reason given why  the
Late John Carew-Reid did not  have Len Buckeridge charged with attempted murder was this...
".. Len Buckeridge is a psychopath and I can not watch my back 24 hours a DAY.... next time Len Buckeridge will be waiting for me behind a tree late and night when I come home with a four by two piece of jarrah wood and he will ht me on ther back of the head and next time Len Buckeridge wuill make sure he will do a proper job on me next time I will be dead...."
                  "....next time Len Buckeridge will do a proper job on me and I will be dead for sure and certain.."...said the Late John Carew-Reid in about 1968/1969...

Forward time to the 1990's when the Late John Carew-Reid had died in 1986 on cancer and the Len Buckeridge was plotting to find a way to conspire with his high powered and well connected Freemason brothers in the Western Australian Public Trustee, the Western Australian Government and the Western Australia, the defraud the Carew-Reid family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia,  from the Carew-Reid Family as a lot less that it was worth, and defraud the Carew-Reid family members of  their life tenancies of family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia.... also in around 1995 Len Buckeridge was rebuilding a new duplex home on hid deceased mother's land at 12 Johnson Parade Mosman Park, Western Australia again even furtehr above the legal Mosman City Council hight limits, along with the home home being built in many other ways according to the approved council plans ... Len Buckeridge and his family company Ester investments Pty Ltd first registered in Victoria because that was where his main Triad silent partners were based ...... obtained the Mosman Park Council approval for plans to built a home on 12 Jhnson Parade, Mosman Park, Western Australia, the proceeded to build a quite different house that was not built according to the approved council plans.. The Mosman Park City Council was forced by pressure from the Carew-Reid Family, whose views were being illegally and wrongfully blocked out again by the illegal actions of Len Buckeridge and his family company Esther Investments Pty Ltd ..... to take legal action against  Len Buckeridge and his family company Esther Investments Pty Ltd .. to fine  Len Buckeridge and his family company Esther Investments Pty Ltd and for orders for the house to be demolished ... in the end because to unlimited conenctions and power that Len Buckeridge had with senior politicians, police, business people, legal circles and the courts .. in the end all that happened was that  Len Buckeridge and his family company Esther Investments Pty Ltd were fined around $50,000 and were allowed to keep the illegal home as it was built.... this was a very cheap way out and result for  Len Buckeridge and his family company Esther Investments Pty Ltd ....
and the Carew-Reid family lost a lot of their Swan River Views from their family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia... and had the right to sue for damages ...
then by illegal and fraudulent means including committing perjury and assault and making threats to murder any Carew-Reid family member that dared to stand in his way ... Len Buckeridge, BGC and his family company Esther investments Pty Ltd ... ended up with the illegal ownership of the Carew-Reid  family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia .. all this information was openly published in books, articles and pamphlets and distributed widely in Western Australia .. Len Buckeridge never once threatened to sue or did sue for defamation so it was obviously all the truth ,... even some of the books were purchased by the Western Australian State Reference Library known as the Alexander Library ... and no one was ever sued for what was written an published in these books called
The Triumph of Truth ( Who Is Watching the Watchers?)














The Who's Who of Perth's (Western Australia) business, political, police, legal, government, building, media circles
attend Len Buckeridge Memorial Service at the Civic Centre in Cottesloe, Western Australia





Siok Pauy Koh ( also known as Mrs Buckeridge and Tootsie… with other Buckeridge family members and the who’s who of Perth business, banking, legal, political and media circles at Len Buckeridge’s memorial service held at the Civic Centre, Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia


Julian Ambrose Son of Siok Pauy Koh being interviewed by reporters in Perth, Western Australia- Son of Siok Pauy Koh, became the de-factor wife of Len Buckeridge after Len Buckeridge divorced his first wife.  Siok Pauy Koh’s family organised in about September, 2013 to have Julian Ambrose take effective control of Len Buckeridge’s multi-billion building group of companies known as BGB (Buckeridge Geoup of Companies)… Siok Pauy Koh’s (known as Mrs Buckeridge and also as Tootsie) family had invested billions into BGC over the last 30 odd years and wanted to make sure one of their family members took over control their massive investment in BGC …. It is understood that Julian Ambrose had been selected, prepared and primed to take over BGC for the last 30 years as part of the behind the scenes deal with Siok Puay Koh’s family financially backing Len Buckeridge’s BGC companies with billions in working capital and bank guarantees that helped BGC expand from a group of companies turning over a few million a year in the 1980’s to turning over in excess of $160 million a year in 2014.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3821659/Construction-tycoon-s-family-head-court-2-5-billion-estate.html

Talk about a family feud! Squabble over late construction magnate's $2.5billion estate heads to court as TWENTY-TWO parties across three generations fail to agree in mediation

  • Len Buckeridge's estate of $2.5 billion has caused family legal battle
  • His de facto partner Siok Puay Koh has launched bid to claim their mansion
  • Buckeridge's ex wife, six children and eight grandchildren are also fighting
  • Mediation failed and the matter could head to court for a civil trial  


By Rachel Eddie For Daily Mail Australia


The family battle over a construction tycoon's multi-billion dollar estate could head to court.

Len Buckeridge's six children, eight grandchildren, and ex partners have been contesting his $2.5 billion estate after he died of a heart attack in 2014 aged 77.

And the battle could head to court for a civil trial after mediation between 22 parties failed to resolve the matter, the West Australian Supreme Court was told on Tuesday, The Australian reported.


       Len Buckeridge's De-Facto Wife -Tootsie whose real name according to court documents is  Siok Pauy Koh  ...and Len Buckeridge at the Hyatt in 2003

Len Buckeridge is pictured with his Siok Puay Koh of 40 years 

Buckeridge's de facto partner of 40-years, Siok Puay Koh, known as Tootsie, recently launched a separate legal bid to claim ownership of the home she shared with him.

Ms Koh claims he had promised to leave her the Perth property, but the $8 million Mosman Park mansion is owned by a family holding company.

She is also concerned the BGC shares she inherited had 'significantly declined' in value, counsel for Ms Koh said on Tuesday


John Robertson said Ms Koh wanted the shares to be valued to ensure she had adequate provision in the will.

Two of Buckeridge's teenage grandchildren, Esperance and Alba Stephen, launched a legal claim earlier this year.

The teens said the will did not make adequate provision to ensure they would come into their $90 million inheritance, which is being held in a trust until 2019. 

                                  

                       Two of Buckeridge's teenage grandchildren, Esperance and Alba Stephen (pictured together), launched a legal claim earlier this year

                                         

Their mother Rachel Buckeridge (right) said they were challenging the will to ensure they got what they were owed

The Stephen granddaughters live in a luxurious mansion in an exclusive Sydney suburb with their artist mother, Rachel Buckeridge.

Ms Buckeridge told The Australian earlier this year that she and her two daughters were challenging the will to ensure they got what they were owed.

'What we are after is what we were left, but we just want to be able to make our own decisions about it,' she said.

In an affidavit to the court, Rachel Buckeridge revealed she was financially dependent on her father and it was therefore 'arguable' the granddaughters were 'at least partially dependent' on the fortune, WA Supreme Court Judge Master Craig Sanderson said earlier this year.

The family are concerned they will not receive their full entitlements because the trusts holding the BGC shares are controlled by three of Buckeridge's sons who now run the construction group.

The family is reportedly 'divided' between members on the west coast - where most of the family lives - and their east coast relatives.

                                 

             The Stephen granddaughters live in a luxurious mansion (pictured) in an exclusive Sydney suburb with their mother

                     

Mr Buckeridge founded the Buckeridge Group of Companies - a group of construction and building-related companies operating
 



Brawl over property tycoon Len Buckeridge’s billions boils over

Len Buckeridge with de facto Tootsie (Siok Pauy Koh) in 2003.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/brawl-over-property-tycoon-len-buckeridges-billions-boils-over/news-story/03c4d8b40be76d1430020f9459345991

ANDREW BURRELL WA Chief Reporter,  Perth, @AndrewBurrell7

The Largest and nastiest family feud over a mountain of money since Gina Rinehart’s adult children took her to court over their promised inheritance.

And this week it got even bigger and nastier.

When larger-than-life Perth construction tycoon Len Buckeridge died in 2014 at the age of 77, he left a will that stipulated how his $2.5 billion fortune would be divided up between his six children, eight grandchildren, his de facto partner of 40 years and his former wife.

Buckeridge, who created one of Australia’s biggest private business empires through sheer acumen and aggression, made it clear in his will he wanted shares in his Buckeridge Group of Companies empire placed in five separate trusts for his children and grandchildren to access in 2019.

Now, as that vesting date draws closer, most of the beneficiaries have put their hands out for a bigger or better slice of the pie, resulting in an extraordinary legal war in the West Australian Supreme Court that — at last count — involved 22 parties and three separate proceedings.

The courtroom brawl has underscored decades-old family divisions and jealousies that might otherwise have been repressed. So far it has pitted a mother against her sons, siblings against siblings, and two of the magnate’s Sydney-based grandchildren against their uncles.

And it has raised questions about how one of Australia’s richest people and most visionary business leaders, who had access to the best advice money could buy, failed to prevent such a full-scale war among his heirs after his death.

Tootsie with the six children.

It’s not as if Buckeridge’s passing was sudden. He had been battling ill health for years, including a scrape with bowel cancer in 2009, when he died at his desk — still working at his Perth home — from a heart attack on the morning of March 11, 2014.

This was a man who, quite literally, had helped to build Western Australia. Starting in the 1950s, the trained architect turned BGC into one of the nation’s biggest home builders and later diversified into major construction projects, mining and civil contracting and the manufacturing of bricks, cement and other materials.

BGC now employs more than 5000 people across Australia and has annual turnover of more than $2.5bn.

Seated in the front rows at Buckeridge’s crowded funeral, among the grieving family members, were Premier Colin Barnett, then governor Malcolm McCusker, former premier Richard Court and some of Australia’s most senior business leaders.

This week, the Supreme Court was told that a lengthy mediation session in July failed to resolve the myriad disputes between the parties and that the case is now likely headed for trial, perhaps next year.

But it was also revealed in court that Buckeridge’s long-term partner, Siok Puay Koh, known as Tootsie, has launched separate legal proceedings seeking ownership of the multi-¬million-dollar riverside house in Perth’s ritzy Mosman Park that she shared with the tycoon.

Her action means a week-long trial to decide the ownership of the house will need to be held before the main proceedings.

                                                        

                                                                       The Stephen's home in Sydney’s Vaucluse of Rachel, Esperance and Alba.

Under the will, Andrew and Sam, along with their children, are set to inherit up to 35 per cent of the estate in 2019, making them the biggest beneficiaries.

Andrew, 54, and Sam, 50, are executors of their father’s will as well as being directors of BGC, giving them the upper hand in the way the shares and other assets are to be dished out.

In contrast, Koh and her only son Julian Ambrose (and his two children) will inherit only about 10 per cent of the estate.

Ambrose, 48, who is a senior executive and director at BGC, was close to his stepfather, describing him at the funeral as “my dad and, more importantly, my best friend”.

In court this week, Koh signalled she is prepared to cause plenty more trouble for Andrew and Sam as executors.

Her barrister, John Robertson, who failed in an application to have the matter heard behind closed doors, said Koh was worried that the economic downturn in WA meant the value of the BGC shares she stood to inherit had been slashed since the last valuation by Deloitte was done in 2014.

She wants to commission her own valuation of the estate and has applied to her stepsons — so far without much success — for key documents to be handed over as part of the discovery process.

“They are not being as forthcoming as we would like with corporate information,” Robertson said of the executors. “There has been a great deal of effort devoted to avoid providing information that’s been requested.”

Wendy Gillan, counsel for Andrew and Sam Buckeridge, rejected this. “The executors are directors and personal beneficiaries, but it would be wrong to suggest that because they hold a number of roles … they are improperly withholding that material.”

“These executors are at pains to be independently represented and to take their roles as executors seriously and independent of their other roles.”

Buckeridge’s other three children — Lise, Rachel and Joshua — are also challenging the will.

It is believed they all live on the east coast and were not as close to their father as the other three siblings.

“Len spent more time building his empire than building his kids,” says one close associate.

In addition, Rachel’s two Sydney-based daughters, Esperance and Alba Stephen, have taken their own court action against their uncles as executors in an attempt to ensure that they are not deprived of the $90 million each to which they are entitled in the will.

The trustees for the granddaughters’ discretionary trusts are Sam Buckeridge, Julian Ambrose and Andrew Teo, the long-time BGC company secretary.

Rachel and her daughters — who live in a three-storey Vaucluse mansion provided by Buckeridge — are worried that the BGC board and the trustees could deprive them of dividends from their shares.

They also want the option of cashing in their shares.

Rachel, an artist, told the court earlier this year that between 1980 and 1999 she was “substantially dependent” upon her father and from 1999 until his death “entirely dependent” upon him. In June, Rachel told The Australian that she and her daughters were not asking for any more than they were entitled to. “What we are after is what we were left, but we just want to be able to make our own decisions about it,” she said. “We want some sort of self-determination in how our shares get used.”

Even Buckeridge’s first wife, Judy Lyon, whom he divorced in the 1970s, has emerged unhappy.

Lyon, the mother to five of Buckeridge’s children, has applied to the court for “further maintenance” under the will. It has been reported that she was gifted $100,000 with the stipulation that anything she bought with the money be bequeathed to the children.

By challenging the will, she has effectively pitted herself against her own sons, Andrew and Sam, as executors.

Buckeridge would surely be rolling in his grave at the extent of this internecine conflict. But it must be remembered that during his lifetime he was notorious for suing his enemies and dragging cases through the courts.

He sued the West Australian government, construction unions, local councils, rival companies, former business partners and, at one stage, a BGC forklift driver who had allegedly defamed him on Facebook.

But Buckeridge’s most heated clashes were with the militant union CFMEU, whom he battled to keep off his construction sites for decades.

The unashamedly right-wing Buckeridge claimed to have received plenty of personal threats over the years, but it seems both sides gave as good as they got.

In 1985, discovering a carload of unionists at the front of his house at 2am, Buckeridge crept outside in his pyjamas, turned on his garden hose and put it through the car window.

A year later he lost his licence after driving his Mercedes Benz through a union picket line outside a BGC site in Perth’s southern suburbs. Buckeridge was notoriously grumpy and relentlessly impatient with governments and anyone else who stood in his way.

At his funeral Julian Ambrose described his stepfather’s dislike of “spivs, paper shovellers, arse coverers and bureaucrats”.

His lawyer, Michael Hotchkin, said his friend had a softer side that few saw. He doted on his grandchildren — who called him “Bebob” — and as illness took hold he grew increasingly weak and sad.

“Once he asked me to put toothpaste on his toothbrush because his hands were shaking too much for him to do it,” Hotchkin recalled in his eulogy. “I was really moved by that, as this great achiever in life was for a moment utterly helpless.

“He was both complex and simple, extraordinary and ordinary, impregnable and vulnerable, aggressive and sensitive.

“But I learnt one profound truth in sharing 26 years of adventure with such a man: it doesn’t matter how great or wealthy or famous an individual is, love is the most precious currency.”

JohnOCT 11, 2016

Very sad. Whats the point of a will if it's not adhered to?

LIKEREPLY

AnnOCT 10, 2016

Years of some wanting and fighting for a bigger slice of the cake would mean some others get less.  This is not what  Mr. Buckeridge wanted for his family.  Just watch the millions that will flow into the lawyers pockets.  What will be left to share at the end?  Probably less for all.  The dear man made a will outlining what he wanted each member of the family to have.  Accept it and be happy.  Happy families are much wealthier (not in cash) than unhappy families. Greed is very destructive.

MichaelOCT 10, 2016

about four years ago the Victorian government  proposed sensible changes to the law so that it was going to be very difficult to challenge a will, but the Victorian law Institute got in the government's ear and the changes were to a great extent not put into place

so in Victoria the lawyers still get plenty of work challenging wills, sigh.....




Can you help us catch a serial killer?

http://www.aww.com.au/latest-news/in-the-mag/can-you-help-us-catch-a-serial-killer-27052



He killed three women but has evaded justice for 20 years – can you help catch the Claremont serial killer?-May 11, 2016
There can be no doubt that the Mystery Man in the above photos pictured talking with the obvious quite excited Jane Rimmer, just before Jane Rimmer was abducted and murdered, looks very like the famous convicted murdered Mark Philip Dixie, who openly stated at his murder trial that he had sex with the deal body of Sally Ann Bowman ...there is also another man who uses the name John Roache who openly admitted that he often worked for corrupt elements of the Western Australian Police and the late billionsaire building magnate Leonard Walter Buckeridge and his re-facto wife Tootsy (whose real name Siok Pauk Koh, mother of Julian Ambrose a director of the BGC companies) to commit crimes for them including murder. .... this man using the name John Roache kidnapped the son of a lady in Perth in about 1988/89 hut he and the lady's son was found .... and John Roache was then given a swan off 22 rifle by the Western Australian Police that night after the kidnapping, and was told to murder the lady's husband .. in a well panned and calculated operation .. the Western Australian Police will have the kidnapping on file ... or should have the kidnapping on file, which the police tried to convince the lady was all a mistake and was not a real kidnapping, and gave the keys to the lady's car to the kidnapper, John Roache, along with the swan off 22 rifle and told the kidnapper John Roache to drive the lady back home...  

On June 9, 1996, childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from an upmarket nightclub in the Perth suburb of Claremont.

Fifty-four days later, her decomposing body was found, dumped on a lonely roadside verge 40km south of the Western Australian capital.

Five months before her abduction, Sarah Spiers, 18, had also disappeared from the same area and in March the following year, lawyer Ciara Glennon, went missing too. Her body was found 18 days later hidden in bushland north of Perth. Sarah’s remains have never been found.

The murder investigation that followed has been the longest and most expensive in Australia’s history and this year marks its 20th year.

In the June 2016 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, FBI-trained profiler Kris Illingsworth believes she has the key to solving these horrific crimes – and it all revolves around some grainy CCTV footage she is certain someone out there will recognise.

It’s Jane’s last sighting and she is meeting an unidentified man,” Kris tells The Weekly. “Without a doubt, this footage of Jane Rimmer is the key to it all.

“The first we see of Jane is at 11.58pm, standing alone and facing the street. She is obviously waiting for someone. Then, right on midnight, a man walks straight up to her.

“We only see the back of him for a second, but that brief vision tells us volumes about him. He has straight, short, dark brown or black hair.

“He is taller than Jane, well dressed with a medium build and muscular upper torso, which suggest fitness. He probably presents similarly today, although perhaps now he has greying hair. He would be aged around 47 to 55 now.”

In the days after Jane’s disappearance, no one was able to identify this man. Can you help? Watch the footage above and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you have any information.

Read more of this story in the June issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

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Australia Claremont Serial Killer, 1996 - 1997, Perth, Western Australia - #5

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06-06-2016


So the rape victim was that pissed she could not tell she had been shifted from one car to the other abducted. Can hardly do tests now to see if she had her drink spiked which amplifies the feeling of being pissed. Police need to reinterview her and friends to see how much she drank. She wouldn’t even know if her drink had been spiked. Just presumption she was pissed out her mind.

Historic rape attempt before serial killer struck by Bret Christian


Historic rape attempt before serial killer struck by Bret Christian

A teenage university student who was abducted and sexually assaulted un Claremont five years before the first known victim of the Claremont serial killer has told her story publicly for the first time. A man kidnapped her from a car in the car park opposite the Cottesloe Hotel

And drove her to the  abandoned Lakeway drive-in theatre in Swanborne, where he tried to rape her. She escaped but he stalked and recaptured her in Claremont and bundled her into the back of his station wagon. She came forward after friends read in the Subiaco Post that police investigating the three Claremont serial killings in the mid 1990’s have now positively linked a prior offence to the last of the known victims Ciara Glennon (Subiaco Post October the 17th)
She said she had been celebrating with friends at the Cottesloe Hotel in late 1989 when they took her to their car parked opposite the hotel because she  was expremely drunk. “ I couldn’t handle alcohol,: she said. “he must have been watching, I was dressed in a tight short skirt and a tight little top.@ She said she must have been moved from her griend’s car to the kidnapper’s car. The next thing I remember was waking up, being driven along Servetus Street (Swanborne) in his car while he was groping my boobs, :He stopped at the old drive-in at Swanborne and I came to pretty quickly. I had an adrenaline surge. I sobered up instantly and I can remember everything clearly to this day.” She said the man tried to kiss her while groping her. “He had hard whiskers. I had only been with boys up until then, so he much have been at least 30.”

The woman had never reported the abduction to police, believing it was useless because she did not have a description of the man or his vehicle.

Forensic tests have confirmed that the man who murdered Ms Glennon is the same man who abducted a 17-year-old in Gugeri Street, Claremont, bundled her into the back of his van and drove her to Karrakatta cemetery, raped her and left her for dead. She survived and rac to Hollywood Hospital.

The Special Crime Squad police are keen to investigate other Claremont abductions in the Claremont area before and after the Claremont series of killings.

                                                                                           

           "Devils Garden ....The Darkest Side of Perth"



A new film is being produced called "Devils Garden... The Darkest Side of Perth", which will publicly expose Police Corruption in Western Australia ran rife from  the 1950's to 2016 and continuing, with a corrupt section of police being involved in committing crimes, in condoning criminal activity and protecting certain people form being investigated and prosecuted form crimes that they committed... their were people like the late billionaire building magnate, Len Buckeridge who were given the green light to commit what ever crimes they wanted, including murder, assault, rape fraud, robbery etc.. these people were given what they called 
"the Green Light" by Police to commit whatever crimes they wanted without fear of investigation or prosecution ...

There is also a new books coming out this year  "Living Next Door To A Psychopath" and "The Darkest Side of Perth" and a previous book called "Devil's Garden"ISBN: 978174664669 published by Random House in 2007 by  well known Queensland Crime writer Debi Marshall with an in depth investigation into the Claremont Serial Killings and various miscarriages of justice in Western Australia policing and prosecution... and the contraversal series of books  entitled "The Triumph of Truth ( Who Is Watching The Watchers?) written in the 1990's which were illegal and clandestinely removed from the Western Australia Alexander Resource Reference Library in about the year 2000, which the film "Devils Garden... The Darkest Side of Perth" takes material from .....
The 1960's American TV Police and Crime Series Called Dragnet used to say at the beginning of each episode ... " These are true stories from Police and FIB files, however the true names have been changed to protect the innocent..."
The film  being produced called "Devils Garden... The Darkest Side of Perth", are is a set of true stories about  police and prosecutors in Perth, Western Australia being involved in committing crimes and covering up for criminal who have committed serious crimes, and deliberately charging people who they know have not committed the crime they have been charged for ..... which  will leave all the true names to expose and shame the guilty ....
One of the producers of the film "Devils Garden... The Darkest Side of Perth" say ..... "... there seems no doubt that the Western Australian Police are not going to properly investigate and charge the real Claremont Serial Killers and those that helped carry out these most serious  crimes and covering up those responsible for such serious crimes .... so the film will in effect bring the truth to light so at least the parents, families and friends of the victims and the general public can get to know the truth.... the problem is that a proper police investigation and inquiry would lead investigators too close to their own ranks and powerful business people and politicians who were either involved or know who are involved and are prepared to help cover the truth up..."

                                                                
                     Book published by Random House in 2007 by well known Queensland crime writer Debi Marshall called The Devil's Garden



 
Leonard Walter Bruckeridge, billionaire building magnate, whose BCG companies  were backed with billions from the Chinese Triads and Zionists Business Networks ....  who had till his death in March 2013 the Green Light by Western Australian Police to commit what ever crimes he wanted without ant fear of proper investigation and/or prosecution ... similar to the Green Light that members of the NSW Police gave the criminal Neddy Smith.... please see the ABC Underbelly TV Series for more information on Neddy Smith and NSW Police Officer Roger Rogerson....

                                  
Len Buckeridge with his friends and supporters  Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia and Tony Abbott, a previous Prime Mister of Australia at an Australian Liberal Party Function held at the Hilton Hotel

Mathew Clark, and his wife and child that had moved into Stephen Reid’s family two storey Swan River view family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia as caretakers to protect the home for Stephen Reid and his family from it being illegally bulldozed down by powerful billionaire building magnate Leonard Walter Buckeridge and his multi-billion BGC Group.

However Constable Michael Peter McMahon who was one of  Len Buckeridge’s personal stand-over and security boys, who just happened to also work at the time for the Western Australian Police Force, stole Mathew Clark’s keys for 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, and without any legal court order and/or other legal authority to make  to make such threats, threatened to have Mathew Clark, and his wife both arrested is they did not immediately vacate the house at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia. During the same incident and in front of Constable Michael Peter McMahon and Constable Phillip Barlow, another one of Len Buckeridge’s personal stand-over and security boys, who just happened to also work at the time for the Western Australian Police Force, Len Buckeridge then right in front of Constable Michael Peter McMahon and  Constable Phillip Barlow,  threatened to have Mathew Clark’s and his wife’s legs broken if  Mathew Clark and his wife did not immediately vacate the house at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia. Naturally with the police and Len Buckeridge’s threats and intimidation, Mathew Clark and his wife immediately vacated the house ate at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia. Thus as a direct result and consequence, the house at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia was left unprotected form illegal actions by Len Buckeridge and his BGC group of companies, and not long after this the Western Australian Pulblic Trustee, the Western Australian Government, the BGC Group of companies and others organised the large two story house at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Western Australia, which had been the Reid family home since 1953, to be completely demolished in 1996. Three years later the block was still just a vacant lot.

 

IN 1996 Stephen Reid was told by one of Leonard Walter Buckeridge ‘s stand over men that Len Buckeridge had employed to try and illegally take over possession of Stephen Reid’s two storey Swan River view family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, that … “…Mr Reid, you do not seem to know who you are dealing with in trying to take on the very powerful Len Buckerigde…. Len Buckeridge is so powerful that he can pick up the phone at any time of the day or night and ring the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Robert Falconer, the Western Australian Premier Richard Court and even the Liberal Party Australian Prime Minister John Howard… and tell any of them what to do….” Len Buckeridhe was a very powerful Freemason, Triad member and well connected Zionist Jew, who was connected to some of the most internationally powerful Triad and Zionist Jewish investment groups and organisations in the world, who not only effectively run big business, the illegal and legal drug business, building business, the legal and political system in Western Australia, but in fact over the whole of Australia … while Len Buckeridge was alive his power and power base was virtually unlimited and the cash funds he had access to at any time was virtually unlimited. Len Buckeridge had the green light by the Western Australian and Australian Federal Police to commit  what every crimes he wanted and/or order whatever crimes he wanted carried out on his behalf, which meant that Len Buckeridge knew that whatever crime he was involved with he was completely free of any serious criminal investigation  and/or criminal charged ever being laid against him. Len Buckeridge was the true Al Capone of Western Australia and Australia as a whole, with a completely legit front as a billionaire building magnate, having build up hid BGC companies form a capital base of around $100,000  and a turnover of no more that around $1 million a year in about 1960 to being worth over $30 billion  with an annual turnover of over $150 billion, without even having to borrow these extra billions of dollars working capital needed to achieve this, along with claiming he never had any partner that injected nay funds for a share in his BGC Companies. Len Buckeridge knew that he could murder you and/or organise to have you murdered, as it was told to Stephen Reid by a retired Perth Businessman, Len Buckeridge had done many times in his life, without the fear of any criminal investigation and/or prosecution against him.

There were many instances where Len Buckeridge threatened to have peoples legs broke if they caused him or any of his companies harm and/or complained that any of his company’s services and/or products were not up to a reasonable standard ….

e.g. 1. A son of a friend of Stephen’s worked on a building site where Len Buckeridge was told that the concrete his company poured on that building site was cracking and not up to a high enough standard… Len Buckeridge then without any fear of being charged with a criminal offence for making the open statement he made to everyone on that particular building site that day, and without any shame  or embarrassment … openly threatened everyone there that ..  “…if anyone wants to complain about the quality of my company’s concrete, I will have their legs broke and members of their family’s legs broke…. Do I make myself clear….”

 

e.g.  2. A friend of Stephen Reid’s knew Len Buckeridge’s first wife ... told Stephen Reid that allegations were made at a family court hearing that Len Buckeridge had raped his sister in law, and had made her pregnant as a result of this rape … then when Len Buckeridge’s brother-in-law said he was thinking of reporting this rape to the police and other authorities, Len Buckeridge made is clear to the brother-in-law that is he did this that Len Buckeridge would organise to have his brother-in-law and his sister-in-law’s legs broken…

 



                                        
             Buckeridge legal advisor Michael Hodgkin at Len Buckeridge's memorial service held in Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia
                                                   
The Who's Who is business, legal, court, media and political cirles at Len Buckeridge's memorial service held at the Cottesloe Civic Centre in Cottesloe March 2014 ... because of the massive financial wealth and prosperity that Len Buckeridge and his BGC Companies crought to Perth and Western Australia with billions of dollars  opf Triad and Zionist money laudered through the BGC Companies form around 1980 to the March, 2013 when Len Buckeridge died.... Len Buckeride was given a memorial send off fit for a king .... now one ha sbeen interested in all the well published proof of criminal offences committed by Len Byuckeridge over the years which he was never prosecuted for because of his power over the Western Australian Police, the Western Australian Politicians, the Western Australian Legal Cirles and the Western Australian Prosecution and Courts ..... Len Buckeridge not only built a reputation of being above the law.... but Len Buckeridge became the law ... judge ... jury ... and executioner ....

                                             
                                                           2003 picture of Len Buckeridge, right, with workers at the Fremantle Docks in Perth- WA                        
       Len Buckeridge's De-Facto Wife -Tootsie whose real name according to court documents is  Siok Pauy Koh  ...and Len Buckeridge at the Hyatt in 2003

In family Court transcripts Len Buckeridge was accused by raping his sister-in-law  ... and when her brother stated to Len Buckeridge he was going to make a formal police complaint, Len Buckeridge threatened to have his legs broken, thus he and his sister were too sacred to bring the matter to the police...

Building workers stated that they witnessed Len Buckeridge hearing complaints about the quality of the BGC concrete on his building sites ... then is response Len Buckeridge stated that is anyone wants to formerly complain about the quality of the BGC concrete ... I will have their  and their family's legs broken...

The Rupert Murdoch owned News Corporation Australian Newspaper, the Australian published a public statement made by Len Buckeridge that he wanted to be made public ... which stated..
" .. I have already paid money in advance to HitMen to have all the main union leaders in Australian murdered if anyone dares to carry out the union threats to have me murdered.... so the result of my murder will be the murder of all the main union leasers in Australia ..."
It was well known publicly that Len Buckeridge hated the unions, did not like employing workers who were members of a union and spend hundreds of millions helping the Liberal Government break the Waterside Union and other unions in Australia...

In a court statement under sworn  oath .... Len Buckeridge stated that he had unions threatening his life on a daily basis  ...




Tributes flow for WA business giant Len Buckeridge, who died today age 77 after an illness

MARCH 12, 2014

                                         

                                       Len Buckeridge's de-facto wife Tootsie (Siok Pauy Koh) and Len Buckeridge at the Hyatt in 2003

Len Buckeridge  publicly stated at a Liberal Party Conference held in Perth Western Australia, which was attended by John Winston Howard, Liberal Party Australian Prime Minister to Mr Howard … “… did your mother let you out for the day…?”. In another public statement which was published in the Western Australian and Australian Newspaper, Len Buckeridge made it  quite publicly clear that he had paid a lot of money up front to professional hit men, to have all of the main union leaders in Australia murdered if any of the threats that Len Buckeridge said he had received from union member members to have Len Buckeridge murdered, were every carried out … as a result of Len Buckeridge contining to use his financial and political power to destroy all the unions unions that building workers belonged to in Western Australia and the Waterside Workers Union that operates Australia wide. It is a criminal offence to pay a hit man to have a person or people murdered, for any reason whatsoever, yet, here was Len Buckeridge openly stating to newspaper journalists in Western Australia and Australia wide that he had prepaid hit men to murder all the union leaders if anyone murdered Len Buckeridge for any reason. So why wasn’t Len Buckeridge charged with some criminal offence relating to this very public statement, which he never denied making when a copy of this statement was published in the Western Australian and Australian newspapers.  In fact Len Buckeridge was extremely pleased that these main stream well read newspaper were put into print Len Buckeridge’s statement, which were more like a promise to have all the main Australian and Western Australian union leaders murdered , rather than a threat that he may have them murdered if they dared to have him murdered. The alleged threats to murder Len Buckeridge allegedly made by people representing union leaders that were upset about Len Buckeridge and is billions is cash money available to him, and his GGC companies making all possible attempts to destroy unions in Western Australia, and the Waterside Worker’s Union Australia wide, were never proven to be real threats as they were never made a public threats.

                                     

                                          Len Buckeridge with Tony Abbott and Premier Colin Barnett at a Liberal Party function at the Hilton Hotel

WA business giant Len Buckeridge, one of the state’s richest men, has died, aged 77, after a long battle with illness.

The Peppermint Grove billionaire businessman died at his home at 8.15am yesterday, his sister Margaret Halcombe said.

Mr Buckeridge, who was worth an estimated $2.56 billion, was the head of construction group BGC (Buckeridge Group of Companies), which has built a number of Perth’s major buildings, the most recent being Perth Arena, now feted as a state-of-the-art concert and sports venue.

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Mr Buckeridge had been in poor health for some time.

But that had not quelled his appetite for a business battle, with a billion-dollar lawsuit continuing against the state government over a private port development.

Mr Buckeridge claimed several state governments had failed to honour a 2000 agreement allowing a consortium led by the BGC to build and operate the port at James Point.

And his relationship with the state government was also strained over delays in his company construction of the Perth Arena, with costs blowing out to triple the original budget to almost $550 million.

Mr Buckeridge originally trained as an architect, building his first high-rise apartment blocks in Perth.

Being able to supply most of his building projects with products from his own factories allowed BGC to become a construction giant, although a weakening demand for building materials particularly in WA had reduced his fortune in recent years.

TRIBUTES: A character, an old war horse, a man of vision

Premier Colin Barnett has paid tribute to Mr Buckeridge saying he was one of the state’s “great characters”.

“He built a remarkably successful company in BGC, which today employs more than 4300 people, and has fostered great loyalty from his staff,” he said.

“He never shied away from a fight, and certainly never shied away from contentious issues. Len lived in my electorate and I would often see him around the area – he always had some advice to give me, regardless of whether I necessarily wanted to hear it!

“While he was often seen as a hard man in business, he was extraordinarily generous in the community and was always willing to help out local groups and sporting clubs.

“I extend my condolences to his wife, Tootsie, and his children.”

Former construction union heavyweight Kevin Reynolds, who had many clashes with the BGC boss over the years, described Mr Buckeridge as a “tough, old war horse” who was prepared to take anyone to task.

”I had known Len for 40 years and we have had many disputes and blues over those times,” Mr Reynolds said. “I wouldn’t say those were fond memories.

“He was a tough old war horse. We battled it out over many issues.

“He was a major employer in the industry and didn’t like unions and we didn’t like some of the things he did. At the end of the day we had to tolerate one another.”

Asked if he was ever surprised by the length the businessman would go to when it came to his company, Mr Reynolds said no.

“Nothing surprised me with Len, he had plenty of money. He fought governments, he fought unions and anyone he felt he needed and we ended up in court with him on many occasions,” he said.

“He had a particular hatred for the union officials.

“But during the construction of the entertainment centre, he begrudgingly had to admit the union workers he had on the project were the most skilful he had ever employed.

“I can remember him saying to me that he had to employ all these ‘bloody commo union bastards but at least they knew what they were doing’. He was having a dig but he knew the unionised workforce were the skilled workers. And he said so.”

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said Mr Buckeridge was a friend and a “WA treasure”.

“It is a devastating loss,” Ms Scaffidi said. “Many people didn’t know the person that Len Buckeridge was. He was a really loveable larrikin and yet a very intelligent man.

“He was a man of vision. A lot of people don’t realise the great charity work he did behind the scenes, he never wanted the accolades. He used to donate to a lot of charities without telling people, on the quiet.

“In terms of construction, he was always a big picture guy. Look at the companies he has developed and the amount of his concrete that is a number of buildings around our greater city.”

Master Builders Director Michael McLean said that the death of Mr Buckeridge was a sad day for the building industry in Western Australia.

“Len Buckeridge was an industry powerhouse who pioneered affordable housing and freedom of association in the commercial building sector,” Mr McLean said.

He said Mr Buckeridge had a “can-do” attitude who through his company BGC, developed a diverse range of building products and affordable housing types.

“The fruits of many of Len’s initiatives will continue to benefit Western Australian homebuyers for many decades.”

PREVIOUS HEART SURGERY

Mrs Halcombe said her brother had been unwell for a long time and had previously undergone heart surgery.

She said Mr Buckeridge worked every day, despite his health, and his death came as a huge shock.

“He did have a lot of health issues and was moving very, very slowly, but I thought he would go on for at least another 10 years maybe,” she said.

Mrs Halcombe spoke to her brother yesterday and said he was “in good form” and “cracking funnies”.

She received a telephone call this morning from Mr Buckeridge’s son, Sam, to say he had passed away at home.

A doctor attended and pronounced him dead.

“He was battling on. He’s just been up to Singapore actually,” she said.

“It’s terribly sad. He’s such a huge man, such a creative man. Larger than life, wonderful and creative.

“It’s such a terrible loss. He had so much more still to do.

“He was such a ‘big picture man’, but he was also fun, so much fun to grow up with.

“He was wonderful and I will miss him so.”

By Mr Buckeridge’s request, a private funeral will be held within 24 hours in line with Jewish tradition.

A memorial will take place at a later date, Mrs Halcombe said.

“I thought if he ever retired that would kill him, I didn’t think he would die this soon and that’s why it’s such a shock,” she said.

“I thought he would go on forever because he has always been such a larger than life person.”

Asked what her brother’s proudest achievement was, Mrs Halcombe said: “There have been many, many achievements, just look around.

“Even the fact of how many people he employed and how his staff thought so much of him.

“He has done a huge amount, but he unfortunately had quite a lot of fights along the way – mostly with the establishment.

“He went to the core of the matter, he dispensed with established convention.

“He learnt to go against the rules when they were wrong and often they were wrong. It cost him dearly in legal fees to fight it, but he would win.

“He achieved a hell of lot, a very influential man. I don’t know of anyone else in our time who has achieved quite as much.”

Originally published asTributes for business giant Buckeridge

Len Buckeridge remembered as extraordinary, generous, kind

MARCH 18, 2014

http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/len-buckeridge-remembered-as-extraordinary-generous-kind/news-story/d38a8bb4b7e8da9c3e6f6a481ea16bef

                                                                 

                                                                                      Len Buckeridge's memorial service held at the Cottesloe Civic Centre in Cottesloe.

PHIL HICKEY PerthNow

WA businessman Len Buckeridge has been remembered as an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life in a touching memorial service in Cottesloe today.

Mr Buckeridge, a giant in the WA business world and one of the state’s richest men, died aged 77 last Tuesday.

Today, hundreds of people turned out to remember the larger than life character at a memorial service at the picturesque Cottesloe Civic Centre in glorious autumn weather.

Among those who turned out for the service were Mr Buckeridge’s children, his wife Tootsie, his grandchildren, plus a string of dignitaries including WA Governor Malcolm McCusker, Premier Colin Barnett, Federal MP’s Don Randall and Gary Gray and former premier Richard Court.

Those who spoke at the service included his grandchildren, his longtime legal adviser Michael Hodgkin, his son’s Sam and Julian and Mr McCusker, who previously acted as a lawyer for the 77-year-old BGC boss.

Anna Buckeridge, one of the billionaire’s many grandkids, said her grandfather always looked out for his grandchildren.

“Grandpa always told us that we work too hard and that we needed to rest more,” Ms Buckeridge said.

“Even he rested from time to time which may surprise some people.

“One of my most recent fond memories of grandpa is when he discovered I was walking home from uni when it was starting to get dark. Grandpa supplied me with a BGC fluoro safety vest, extra-large naturally and a flashing fluoro bag tag.”

Mr McCusker described Mr Buckeridge as an “extraordinary West Australian.”

“As one of his friends recently remarked with great affection: “He’s always been an abrasive, aggressive, grumpy old bugger.” That may be true, certainly he was always ready to fight for what he believed was right but there was a much more softer side to Len Buckeridge,” Mr McCusker said.

“It’s not widely known that he was an extremely generous man … that rough exterior hid a very kind heart.

“Our state and our community have been made very much the richer by Len’s drive, personality and his work. And our state will be the poorer for the loss of this bold, generous, larger than life, multifaceted man.”

Mr Hodgkin, who acted as Mr Buckeridge’s legal adviser for more than 20 years, recalled how the 77-year-old would berate him for turning up late to meetings even when he was early by saying: “You’re late Mike, did you bring a note from your mum?”

“He always said that if ever I arrived at a meeting after him, however early I actually was,” Mr Hodgkin said.

“It doesn’t matter how great, or wealthy or famous and individual is, love is the most precious currency. That such a truth should be the product of such a relationship will be the treasure that I take from my adventure with Len Buckeridge to heaven.”

Julian Ambrose, one of the businessman’s six children, said: “He was my dad but more important my best friend.”

Originally published asMemorial service for ‘kind’ Buckeridge


              Western Australian Court of Appeal quashes Spratt conviction

  •    FEBRUARY 24 2011

A wrongful conviction against Taser victim Kevin Spratt has been quashed by the Court of Appeal after horrifying footage showing nine police brutalising the 41-year-old Aboriginal man was made public.Internal CCTV footage from inside the East Perth lock-up showed Mr Spratt being Tasered 14 times while on the floor screaming in agony was broadcast worldwide last year, after being released by the Corruption and Crime Commission. Mr Spratt had been arrested in August 2008 after an incident in King William Street in Bayswater. But he was further charged with obstructing officers in the Watch House, which related to the Tasering incident. Mr Spratt served two months jail for the offence, which ran concurrently with other jail terms imposed for three other charges.

Mr Spratt brought his conviction for obstructing police before the Court of Appeal today. The action was against his arresting officer, Detective Constable Brett Fowler, who wrote up the report in which it stated that Mr Spratt "again became violent and aggressive towards police who were attempting to restrain him by kicking and flailing his arms towards police as they approached". Internal CCTV footage of the Watch House showed Mr Spratt simply sitting on a chair grabbing hold of the seat with his arms and hands as the Taser barbs were deployed. Justice Stephen Hall found that Mr Spratt had been denied justice by not being able to view the footage prior to pleading guilty to the charge in the Perth Magistrates Court and his appeal was granted. Outside court Mr Spratt's lawyer Steven Penglis said they were seeking financial compensation for what occurred in the Watch House.

"The system failed Kevin in this regard in two ways; first, as you've heard, we had a charge laid by a police officer who wasn't there at the time of the alleged offence and didn't take steps to verify that it was true by looking at the CCTV footage and secondly, when that police officer realised that it was wrong he didn't take any steps to ensure that it came to the attention of Kevin, the prosecuting sergeant or the court," he said.

Mr Penglis has written to the Police Commissioner about these concerns. Mr Spratt said he was pleased with the outcome.

"It has brought a lot of bad memories back but I just want to move on with life," he said. Earlier today, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan conceded claims about Kevin Spratt resisting police in the Perth Watch House appeared to be wrong.

Mr O'Callaghan rejected shadow attorney-general John Quigley's assertions in Parliament last week that he lied the the public in a "flow-chart" of the events displayed to the media to explain the lead-up to that night, saying at the time he believed the statement of material facts to be correct. "There is no deliberate intent to mislead anybody at all, it is not my style, I have never done it nor will do it," he told 6PR Radio. The flow chart was designed to help media understand the chain of events when reporting and was only meant as "an aid", Mr O'Callaghan said. He did however concede he was "not (happy) now" after it was revealed that the charges of obstructing officers came after the Tasers were deployed. But he said he has been unable to interview the officers involved because the CCC had taken over the inquiry since November 15 last year and it was now up to the corruption watchdog to release their findings.

New footage shows Kevin Spratt screaming in agony

APRIL 11 2011 Aja Styles

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/new-footage-shows-kevin-spratt-screaming-in-agony-20110411-1daom.html

Aboriginal man Kevin Spratt was handled roughly by police while suffering from a dislocated shoulder at a prison infirmary after repeatedly being Tasered at a Perth watch house in 2008, the Corruption and Crime Commission heard.

New video footage was released today as the CCC re-commenced its hearings investigating the misconduct of police and Department of Corrective Services officers over the handling of Mr Spratt while in custody.

                                             
                                         Kevin Spratt and his partner Tayunna Schatkowski appear at the Corruption and Crime Commission hearing. 

A damning video recording of Mr Spratt squirming in agony on the floor of the East Perth watch house after being Tasered 14 times by nine police officers on August 30, 2008, was released by the CCC last year.

The CCC then called hearings into the matter in December last year, when it was further revealed on video footage that Mr Spratt was again Tasered, seven days later on September 6, 2008, by Department of Corrective Service's Emergency Support Group, who were all dressed in riot gear.

Today Senior Counsel assisting the commission, Peter Quinlan, revealed new footage showing Mr Spratt directly after that Tasering on September 6, 2008, being escorted to the Casuarina Prison infirmary from a prison van.

Mr Quinlan said Mr Spratt was taken a day later in shackles to Royal Perth Hospital where he was diagnosed with several injuries. "X-rays taken at the hospital demonstrated that Mr Spratt was suffering from at least one, and possibly other, fractures of the ribs, a collapse of his lung and a dislocated shoulder...," Mr Quinlan said.

"How those injuries were sustained is yet to be determined. "The videotape I'm about to play indicates, at the very least, that some of those injuries - and I refer in particular to the injury to Mr Spratt's arm – were suspected at an early stage."

During the recording Mr Spratt can be constantly heard screaming as he is put into restraints on the infirmary bed saying "arm, arm, arm... look at me arm". When queried by a nurse about his arm, an officer told her: "He's been moving his arms all the way here."

He goes on to say Mr Spratt had been biting his own arm, which Mr Spratt denied. "Sister girl you got to help me," he cried to the nurse and continued to scream about his arm and foot.

"Why you beat me for?" The nurse told him: "You need to be really still, otherwise everyone is going to jump on you." She told him to "shush" and asks if he has ever broken his arm before, which he denied.

He asked for water and she agreed, telling him she has to go somewhere first, and after some mumbling she told him: "They're not going to kill you." The nurse spoke on the phone to a doctor about possible injuries to his arm and shoulder, saying "he's been struggling".

"I think otherwise he's well, the arm is what we need to eliminate," she said.

Sergeant Nicholas Rowe, who acted as a commanding officer at the watch house in the lead up to Mr Spratt being moved to Casuarina, told the commission that Mr Spratt was not complaining of any injuries to his shoulder or arm while in the holding cell. "When he was put into the cell we actually had no further physical contact with him. So no it was only the blood, which he did have some blood on him from his lip or nose, that was it, that was the only injury observed," he said. When asked if there were any complaints about suffering significant pain to his body, he replied: "No. Not to my knowledge.

"I didn't hear it, it wasn't recorded and given his behaviour on the day both from my recollection and reading from the running sheet, he was punching the wall, being aggressive, yelling and screaming for some considerable time. "So it sort of gave us some idea that he was fighting fit and still ready to fight as it were, hence the action that we took."

The prison officer responsible for confronting and Tasering Mr Spratt and later escorting him to Casuarina prison on September 6, whose name has been suppressed, claimed Mr Spratt had been able to use his arms on the journey.

"He was able to, in the vehicle, rip a pair of boxer shorts off, other than using his arms I don't know any other way you'd ripped them off. And he was also doing other things in the back of the van, you've obviously got have your arms to use," he said.

He agreed Mr Spratt was screaming out in pain when medical staff tried touching his arms but pointed out that Mr Spratt also "complained about broken legs, which he didn't have".

The officer went further to say that he had even sat on Mr Spratt at hospital because he put up a fight about having his arm in plaster and in a brace.

The hearing will continue tomorrow.

WA Police launch fresh probe into Spratt Taser case

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-police-launch-fresh-probe-into-spratt-taser-case-20110303-1bfyi.html

MARCH 3 2011

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has launched an inquiry into whether officers perverted the course of justice in the case of an Aboriginal man Tasered multiple times in custody.

Shadow attorney-general John Quigley and Mr O'Callaghan met in Perth today to discuss the case of Kevin Spratt, who was Tasered multiple times in the Perth Watch House in August 2008.

The Corruption and Crime Commission is investigating the case, which sparked outrage when a video of the Tasering was released publicly in October last year.

In response to the video's release, WA Police displayed a flow chart to reporters, outlining events leading up to Mr Spratt's Tasering including previous alleged clashes with police and charges against him.

But Mr Quigley told State Parliament last month that the flow chart was a "litany of lies" compiled by the WA police internal affairs unit to vilify Mr Spratt.

He also described Mr O'Callaghan as the worst police chief in the country.

Mr Quigley said the flow chart stated Mr Spratt had acted violently and obstructed police at the Watch House before being Tasered, and as a result he had been charged and convicted of obstructing police.

But the video clearly showed Mr Spratt had not acted violently, Mr Quigley said.

In the WA Supreme Court last week, Mr Spratt's conviction was quashed, with Justice Stephen Hall saying a miscarriage of justice had occurred and his guilty plea was prompted by false police allegations.

Mr Spratt had admitted the offence because he did not remember the incident.

Today Mr Quigley said Mr O'Callaghan had invited him to breakfast to discuss the case and he had shown the Commissioner documents supporting his contention that "what was in the flow chart was false".

"He was very concerned."

Mr Quigley said Mr O'Callaghan indicated he would initiate an inquiry into whether there had been a perversion of the course of justice by any officers, and internal affairs unit staff would not be involved.

He said he had agreed to a request from the Commissioner to cooperate with the inquiry.

When asked if he still thought Mr O'Callaghan was the worst police commissioner in the country, Mr Quigley admitted he had "overstretched there".

"I should have said he's gaining that reputation."

Mr Quigley said he accepted what the Commissioner told him, that he did not know what was behind the flow chart's creation.

"I'm convinced the Commissioner didn't know about it."

Mr O'Callaghan last week said he was no longer confident the flow chart was accurate because of the emergence of new information since it was released.

AAP

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/top-cop-lied-to-justify-spratt-tasering-mp-20110217-1axjr.html

Top cop 'lied' to justify Spratt Tasering: MP

Fran Rimrod  FEBRUARY 17 2011

Labor MP John Quigley has launched an extraordinary attack on Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, accusing the state's top police officer of fabricating a "litany of lies" to justify the brutal Tasering of Aboriginal man Kevin Spratt in police custody.

The remarks emerged today in a parliamentary speech by Mr Quigley, the shadow attorney-general, who gave a brutal assessment of the WA Police force and branded Mr O'Callghan the "worst commissioner in the country".

He also took aim at Police Minister Rob Johnson, who he said did not have the courage to make Mr O'Callaghan account for the handling of the Spratt inquiry because he was a "police sycophant".

Speaking under Parliamentary privilege, he was scathing of the treatment of Mr Spratt, who was Tasered 14 times in the East Perth Watch House while surrounded by nine police officers on August 31, 2008.

Internal CCTV footage showed the officers taking turns to send electric shocks into Mr Spratt while he screamed in agony on the ground.

The damning footage, which was broadcast worldwide, has since been described as indefensible and a "gross misuse" of the weapon by the Commissioner and Premier Colin Barnett.

A Corruption and Crime Commission probe was launched into Mr Spratt's Tasering as part of an investigation into the use of Tasers in the WA Police force.

Today in Parliament, Mr Quigley argued a flow chart Mr O'Callaghan presented to the media at a press conference in October last year, after the Tasering off Mr Spratt came to light, was a "litany of lies".

The chart included details of all police interactions with Mr Spratt, including his criminal history and the four other occasions that Tasers were used on him after he kicked, bit and spat at police.

On the day of the press conference Mr O'Callaghan said: "on most occasions when Mr Spratt has come into contact with police he has been extremely aggressive and extremely violent."

In his speech today Mr Quigley refuted this statement, saying Mr O'Callaghan was selling a lie to the public about Mr Spratt being violent in the lock-up.

Mr Quigley argued the flowchart, detailing Mr Spratt's violent behaviour, was used to vilify Mr Spratt and justify the police's violent approach in the Watch House.

He challenged several items on the flowchart, which he said was presented to the media in "Delvene Delaney Sale of the Century- style" by an officer.

He said in the subsequent CCC inquiry into the Tasering the Commissioner had "his knees kicked in" by his own staff.

During a CCC hearing in December last year, a detective admitted he knew the facts used to Mr Spratt with obstructing police were false, but he did nothing to change them.

A female constable told the CCC she was shocked and disappointed at the "excessive" force used by her superiors when dealing with Mr Spratt at the Watch House.

While he conceded that Mr O'Callaghan may not be the fabricator of those supposed "lies", he called WA's top officer "the worst commissioner in the country" and claimed the WA police had "the worst reputation around the nation".

Police Minister Rob Johnson has slammed Mr Quigley's speech, accusing him of misusing parliamentary privilege and of "being a show-pony".

"I challenge John Quigley to come out of the house and repeat word for word what he said in the house today," he said. "He is doing this because he wants to be the star of a TV program that's in Perth this week, the Australian Story, and he is simply being a show-pony as he always is. "I find his actions absolutely disgraceful."

Mr O'Callaghan has been contacted for comment.

- with Katherine Fenech and Aja Styles

Court of Appeal quashes Spratt conviction

Aja Styles  FEBRUARY 24 2011

A wrongful conviction against Taser victim Kevin Spratt has been quashed by the Court of Appeal after horrifying footage showing nine police brutalising the 41-year-old Aboriginal man was made public.

Internal CCTV footage from inside the East Perth lock-up showed Mr Spratt being Tasered 14 times while on the floor screaming in agony was broadcast worldwide last year, after being released by the Corruption and Crime Commission. Mr Spratt had been arrested in August 2008 after an incident in King William Street in Bayswater. But he was further charged with obstructing officers in the Watch House, which related to the Tasering incident.

Mr Spratt served two months jail for the offence, which ran concurrently with other jail terms imposed for three other charges. Mr Spratt brought his conviction for obstructing police before the Court of Appeal today.

The action was against his arresting officer, Detective Constable Brett Fowler, who wrote up the report in which it stated that Mr Spratt "again became violent and aggressive towards police who were attempting to restrain him by kicking and flailing his arms towards police as they approached". Internal CCTV footage of the Watch House showed Mr Spratt simply sitting on a chair grabbing hold of the seat with his arms and hands as the Taser barbs were deployed.

Justice Stephen Hall found that Mr Spratt had been denied justice by not being able to view the footage prior to pleading guilty to the charge in the Perth Magistrates Court and his appeal was granted.

Outside court Mr Spratt's lawyer Steven Penglis said they were seeking financial compensation for what occurred in the Watch House.

"The system failed Kevin in this regard in two ways; first, as you've heard, we had a charge laid by a police officer who wasn't there at the time of the alleged offence and didn't take steps to verify that it was true by looking at the CCTV footage and secondly, when that police officer realised that it was wrong he didn't take any steps to ensure that it came to the attention of Kevin, the prosecuting sergeant or the court," he said.

Mr Penglis has written to the Police Commissioner about these concerns. Mr Spratt said he was pleased with the outcome. "It has brought a lot of bad memories back but I just want to move on with life," he said.

Earlier today, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan conceded claims about Kevin Spratt resisting police in the Perth Watch House appeared to be wrong. Mr O'Callaghan rejected shadow attorney-general John Quigley's assertions in Parliament last week that he lied the the public in a "flow-chart" of the events displayed to the media to explain the lead-up to that night, saying at the time he believed the statement of material facts to be correct.

"There is no deliberate intent to mislead anybody at all, it is not my style, I have never done it nor will do it," he told 6PR Radio.

The flow chart was designed to help media understand the chain of events when reporting and was only meant as "an aid", Mr O'Callaghan said. He did however concede he was "not (happy) now" after it was revealed that the charges of obstructing officers came after the Tasers were deployed. But he said he has been unable to interview the officers involved because the CCC had taken over the inquiry since November 15 last year and it was now up to the corruption watchdog to release their findings.



Raelene Eaton  



and
Yvonne Waters 


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Missing since:Sunday, April 7, 1974

Last seen:Scarborough WA

Jurisdiction:WA

Year of birth:1957

Age now:59

Gender:Female

Height:150cm

Hair:Black

Eyes:Hazel

Distinguishing features:Has a mole on the left side of her neck, and the bottom centre tooth is fitted with a gold cap.

Circumstances:

Raelene Eaton and Yvonne Waters were last seen at about 6.45pm on 7 April 1974 leaving the White Sands Hotel, Scarborough in the company of three unidentified men.
Nothing has been seen or heard from either girl since that time.
Raelene was last seen wearing a black skirt, pink top, brown platform shoes and carrying a brown shoulder bag.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Raelene please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Do you have any information?


Circumstances of the complete disppearance of Julie Culter.
The disappearance of Julie Cutler  at 12.30am on 20 June 1988 leaving the Parmelia Hilton Hotel, WA, 
has in some media reports been  stated as be likely have a link to the Claremont Serial Murders that occurred in 1996 and 1997 in or around Claremont, Western Australia
  
Julie Cutler
Cottesloe Beach were Julie Cutler's car was found in the surf


Julie Cutler was last seen at 12.30am on 20 June 1988 leaving the Parmelia Hilton Hotel, WA, after a staff function. Her car was found two days later in the sea off Cottesloe Beach.
She was last seen wearing a black evening dress with a high collar and gold buttons on the shoulder and black patent shoes.
Despite extensive inquiries by police and family and comprehensive media coverage, there has been no information regarding her whereabouts since.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Julie please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Sarah Ann McMahon


Went missing from Greenmount on November 8th, 2000

Was aged 20
Now would be age 36 in December, 2016


https://www.missingpersons.gov.au/who-missing/wa/mcmahon-sarah

Police are now focusing their attention on finding Sarah Spiers, the first of three women to go missing from Perth in the 1990s.

Ms Spiers, who was 18 at the time, left Club Bay View in Claremont on January 27, 1996 and, after hailing a taxi, was never seen again.

Forensic police were seen with digging equipment at Bradley Robert Edwards' parent's investment property at Madora Bay, south of Perth, reported the Daily Telegraph.


Police are now focusing their attention on the first of three women to go missing from the Perth suburb of Claremont in the 1990s - Sarah Spiers. She remains missing to this day

Lisa Jane Brown

  • Missing since:Tuesday, November 10, 1998
  • Last seen:Perth WA
  • Jurisdiction:WA
  • Year of birth:1979
  • Age now:37
  • Gender:Female
  • Height:175cm
  • Build:Slim
  • Hair:Dark, Blonde
  • Complexion:Fair
  • Eyes:Brown

Circumstances of the disappearance of Lisa Jane Brown:
Media reports have linked 
the disappearance of Lisa Jane Brown with the Claremont serial Murders

Lisa Brown has been missing since 12.30am on 10 November 1998 from the Palmerston Street, Perth City area.

She was last seen wearing casual blue denim jeans, a black T-shirt and black high heeled boots.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Lisa please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Western Australian Police’s response from WA Police regarding Con Bayen's evidence ]READ THE STATEMENT FROM WA POLICE

Sunday Night on May 31, 2015

Sunday Night received this response from WA Police regarding Con Bayen's evidence, which he claims was disregarded by the Macro Taskforce:

Response from Con Bayens:

Second Police Statement from WA Media Head, Neil Stanbury:

Response from Con Bayens:

Sunday Night's original letter to Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, which received no response.


Web Sleuths - Claremont Serial Killer, 1996 - 1997, Perth, Western Australia P11

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?222868-Claremont-Serial-Killer-1996-1997-Perth-Western-Australia/page11

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Crabstick said:

Jane Rimmer here appears to be wearing a dress with daisies on it here. Not what she was wearing that evening though albeit. The daisy theme continues 
Did Jane have particular jewellery or similar removed?

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alwaysquestion said:

Thank you for your warm welcome Ausgirl...sorry I did not do this prior to now, I missed your welcome post. I see you have written "Dixie's DNA was sent to Western Australia to be tested against that of the DNA evidence in the Claremont serial killer case between 1996 and 1997, as it is believed he was in the area at the time of the killings, and may have committed them"

I understand that Western Australian police detectives actually took DNA samples across to the UK to be analysed using highly sensitive testing techniques in attempt to get Dixie linked with other crimes. They did manage to get Dixie's DNA linked with the terrible rape and assault of the Thai student in Leederville at that time. It is my understanding there was no available DNA found at the scenes of Jane and Ciara. I also believe Western Australian police collected DNA samples from taxi drivers because they believe there were 2 perpetrators working in unison. That is evidenced in the rapes and attempted assaults that have occurred around the time of the Claremont abductions and murders that involved a taxi - whether that was an officially sanctioned taxi or a case of one of the false taxis is still to be determined. It has been stated in the press that he did not possess a drivers licence but he was driving a vehicle at the time he attempted to sexually assault another woman. He may have resorted to driving. Given he used so many different names I believe it highly likely he also possessed a drivers license in another name. 

I believe the Western Australian police have stated they have discounted Dixie because they cannot positively nail him to be the perpetrator of the Claremont murders. This case is such a high profile case and millions and millions of dollars and thousand up thousand of man hours and mountains of resources put to it, they would not want to raise the possibility or even probability of a purely 100% circumstantial case being thrown out of the courts especially when they have no hard evidence to back up the circumstantial case. Just because he was in the area it doesn't mean he was the perpetrator does it... that's what all the legal eagles would say...a very very difficult situation to be in. Dixie might not be as smart as he thinks he is and something that has recently been sent through to investigators might just show them about an alternative way to get this case slam dunked. Something I was taught many many many years ago is that if someone makes a pattern, that pattern can be broken...it's just a matter of finding their key. 

And I believe from what is now known, that Dixie didn't commence his life of pure evil intent in Western Australia. He started elsewhere in Australia and what occurred there was his 'practice run' to see how investigating authorities would handle it. And what he learnt from these cases, opened his eyes to the failures as to the processes the investigators took and showed him very clearly what the investigators didn't do. I believe he 'teased' the investigating authorities by inserting himself into the case by making contact with them, and they had no idea (and still have no idea but they will in the very near future and they already have the beginnings of the puzzle) that he had done that.

I also consider that he has not consciously chosen the girls because of their jewelry or religion or name but there was something whirling away in his subconscious. But he does souvenir and has done with many of his victims. Perhaps this was related to something in his childhood or an initial fledgling relationship when he was younger where he was rejected. History shows he certainly started his life of instant sexual gratification when he was aged 16 or so, so something occurred to turn on the switch possibly his foray into using a multitude of mind altering drugs mixed with his consumption of copious quantities of alcohol. I wouldn't be surprised to hear one day that he was in fact bisexual.

Back to preparing the data I attempted to do yesterday.

alwaysquestion said:

Thanks again Crabstick. 

I have no idea what your reference to HTH helps Phibey means, is there something I have missed?

Crabstick said:

So the key ring was taken. So it was of interest. Had the girls been stalked prior because of the symbols they carried?
Has anyone a picture of all the jewellery and missing items?
Yes, there is some also newish single story public housing in Mosman park. Lots of rentals in Mosman park in flats etc. High rise transients. Didnt Len Buckeridge build those flats? Been a lot of dead people found in Mosman Park. Drugs were found at the murder scene that could comatose the victims used also in drug manufacture? The victims could have been knocked out with the drug soaked in a handkerchief etc.
None of this jewellery was purchased off Pamela Lawrence?

Originally Posted by alwaysquestion 

Crabstick: "The girls wore these particular items symbolic of their heritage. Claddah ring, a daisy or sunflower the police said."

Are you referring to the daisy linked with Sarah Spiers. Because if you are, she wasn't wearing a daisy eg piece of jewelry or clothing. Her key ring was a depiction of a bunch of daisies manufactured out of some sort of gold-coloured alloy metal material. I read in an article that Jane had been identified by the jewelry in her navel and from memory that included an amethyst coloured stone of some sort.

Some areas of Mosman Park were almost 'no go' zones in the areas adjacent to what were called the 'Battle Street' flats and some of the high rise flats in Wellington Street. I believe Battle Street street may have been renamed now. Many many high rise state housing flats that could be described as boxes. Loads of drug dealers and other unsavory character were known to live in the area and interdispersed were of course, good clean living law abiding individuals. These areas have been subject to a clean-up in the last decade with many of the state-owned flats sold off to private investors and people in general. 

Ciara's family lived in the more upmarket section of Mosman Park, towards North Fremantle and close to the river. I have no idea where Sarah's friends lived. I have heard anecdotal information that Jane's friends had gone back to Mosman Park in the taxi after they left her at Claremont. I have never been able to substantiate this though.

Alwaysquestion said:

Yes I recall this photo too. But she wasn't wearing it on the night she was abducted so is it relevant? What this does show me though, is that she was a slightly 'old fashioned' girl. I think this little number may have been home made and she looks gorgeous too. Really makes me more determined any time I look a photograph of any of the victims. 

I believe there was no jewelry removed from Jane. All clothing and shoes were removed.

I did read in a newspaper article that the lady that looked after the block of flats in Cambridge Street where Jane lived, stated that she had seen lights on the flat and heard music playing in her flat as well on the night she was abducted. Could be just press tattle though.

Crabstick said:

Its Celtic jewellery that someone may have seen prior then started stalking. Glennon was at the Royal Freshwater Bay yacht club the night prior organising 'catering', the yacht club located in Mosman park? If they were wearing Celtic symbols days prior....
Claremont must have been close to proximity which would assist abduction, even if they were comatose with the drug reported
Did someone have a yacht? Broad daylight free of police intervention?

 Originally Posted by alwaysquestion 

Yes I recall this photo too. But she wasn't wearing it on the night she was abducted so is it relevant? What this does show me though, is that she was a slightly 'old fashioned' girl. I think this little number may have been home made and she looks gorgeous too. Really makes me more determined any time I look a photograph of any of the victims. 

I believe there was no jewelry removed from Jane. All clothing and shoes were removed.

I did read in a newspaper article that the lady that looked after the block of flats in Cambridge Street where Jane lived, stated that she had seen lights on the flat and heard music playing in her flat as well on the night she was abducted. Could be just press tattle though.

01-21-2015

Always question said:

There used to be a stall at the subi markets that sold the daisy key ring that Sarah had. There were photographs published so I'll have a scratch around my files to see if I can locate something and post it here. I recall seeing something on a poster which also had the sample of shoes Sarah was wearing. Creamy coloured caramel suede with singular daisy petal cutouts in the toe area, ankle strap, flat soled made out of a whitish coloured composite rubbery material - shoes were really clunky style. I recall seeing a pair in an op shop years later but they were blue and huge in size. 

The daisy key ring depicted a bunch of daisies in flat profile. Actually I am going to correct myself here. I've just done a google search and the key ring depicted sunflowers. 

Could the sunflower thing be a memory recall to the UK - sunflowers in a vase at home of mother or grandmother or growing in a garden linked to him or pastures full of commercial sunflowers nearby?

Crabstick said:

The sunflower still represents Celtic scared geometry. The girls must have something in common. Brownies? Scouts? Dance lessons? Yacht club? 
What did they do the same?

 Originally Posted by alwaysquestion 

There used to be a stall at the subi markets that sold the daisy key ring that Sarah had. There were photographs published so I'll have a scratch around my files to see if I can locate something and post it here. I recall seeing something on a poster which also had the sample of shoes Sarah was wearing. Creamy coloured caramel suede with singular daisy petal cutouts in the toe area, ankle strap, flat soled made out of a whitish coloured composite rubbery material - shoes were really clunky style. I recall seeing a pair in an op shop years later but they were blue and huge in size. 

The daisy key ring depicted a bunch of daisies in flat profile. Actually I am going to correct myself here. I've just done a google search and the key ring depicted sunflowers. 

Could the sunflower thing be a memory recall to the UK - sunflowers in a vase at home of mother or grandmother or growing in a garden linked to him or pastures full of commercial sunflowers nearby?

Yes I recall this photo too. But she wasn't wearing it on the night she was abducted so is it relevant? What this does show me though, is that she was a slightly 'old fashioned' girl. I think this little number may have been home made and she looks gorgeous too. Really makes me more determined any time I look a photograph of any of the victims.

I believe there was no jewelry removed from Jane. All clothing and shoes were removed

 Originally Posted by alwaysquestion;

I did read in a newspaper article that the lady that looked after the block of flats in Cambridge Street where Jane lived, stated that she had seen lights on the flat and heard music playing in her flat as well on the night she was abducted. Could be just press tattle though.

So your saying some old psych hated the culture their mothers represented, so he/she killed their daughters so the parents would question this? That the old psych built a story straight out of the psych handbook? That the old psych concocted his master piece that entities wouldn't want to go to court because it expose some of the aspects of that culture some entities don't want run through the court system in the media and out to the mass public? That the old psych would build a map that would expose certain apsects of a systemic culture he/she despises?
That the old psych would attack the legal system, the police department, frame it on someone else who would be perpetrated to the depths of hell, if someone doesn't kill him first, and think he so smart to get off Scot free?
Not so lucky 77

Crabstick said:

The story of 3 angels 777. Don't forget the wings. 
Let me guess. Something about hates their mother?
Bunch of losers. Such miserable children these killers.
Draws a line with 2 bodies attached to feel somehow intelligent.

So is Brigid an imperial 3? Brigid is in Spier at 13 degrees7 isnt she? At 3 degrees shes been there a time. For she is not worthy
Pat777Brigids ?

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Do I get a star stamp if I finish the exam?
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Alwaysquestion said:

Crabstick you pose the question "The sunflower still represents Celtic scared geometry. The girls must have something in common. Brownies? Scouts? Dance lessons? Yacht club?
What did they do the same?"

Answer: they all attended the Claremont club strip, Club Bayview and Continental Hotel. Two of the girls - Sarah and Jane - had attended the Ocean Beach Hotel the night the night of their abductions. It doesn't have to get too complicated. He just has to see them, perhaps meet them. 

And the information you have written about what you called 'the old psych' is written in a manner that seems to be angry or something. I don't know what you are referring to when you write about entities and court. He hasn't done any framing on anyone else...he has just played out his game of catch me if you can...I am smarter than you all thing. He had been practicing and rehearsing for a long long time.

Crabstick said:

Fleur De Lis, the 3 lilies
The Spier, how? How did they??? Database? Been there before?

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Spiers - the watcher or spear
Cutler - The knife maker
Glennon - The cloak or valley
Rimmer – Rymer

Welcome, alwaysquestion! Your posts here have been very informative and interesting!

 Originally Posted by alwaysquestion

Crabstick you pose the question "The sunflower still represents Celtic scared geometry. The girls must have something in common. Brownies? Scouts? Dance lessons? Yacht club?
What did they do the same?"

Answer: they all attended the Claremont club strip, Club Bayview and Continental Hotel. Two of the girls - Sarah and Jane - had attended the Ocean Beach Hotel the night the night of their abductions. It doesn't have to get too complicated. He just has to see them, perhaps meet them.

Yes! This is exactly right! It doesn't have to get too complicated with it being connected to days or rituals or anything like that. Often it is the most simple explanation, which is, in this case, most likely some guy took advantage of three ladies when they were out and he targeted them because they were young, beautiful, alone and in the Claremont area. 

I won't post about it since it would be against the rules in more ways than one, but if you would like to know more about the person Mr. Coward told the police about, he wrote about it on the AFL/football forum I talked about a few pages back.

Quite often, serial killers don't use the simplest explanation. They are called serial killers because of meticulous planning. They don't call them zodiac killers etc because they just take random advantage of people.

No doubt a lot of information will come out in a court case. Technology is getting better but I don't think legacy databases like number plates have been clustered nationwide yet? There appears a lot of dodgy people jump state lines with interstate number plates not yet automatically scanned and checked on roads.

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Ausgirl 

Enough Is Enough

always question (I will call you AQ for short): Am I right in observing that you do not discount Dixie as the killer? If there was no DNA found on the CSK victims, I wonder why there was such a massive drive to collect it at the time, from suspects directly linked to the CSK killings. It just seems odd, if there was nothing to compare it to, and I have always assumed there was at least *some* dna. 

And Dixie is one of the people I would assume would be tested as expediently as possible. If he was NOT cleared by DNA, then that's a whole nother kettle of fish. I'd really like to be sure about that, though. He really is a brilliant suspect. And a fine example of what's become pretty much the stereotypical serial killer type, from what you've pointed out.

It's interesting that both you and crabstick have posited very deliberate choices of disposal sites, for what are probably very different reasons. As we're wielding Occam's Razor atm, could it not be as simple as picking areas he knew to be infrequently visited, so he might freely go back and visit the bodies, for example, or simply have a better chance of dumping the bodies, unobserved?

Everything I have posted at this website, past or present, represents my opinion or my understanding of events based on facts that are publicly available.

Crabstick said:

Nice cross Sally, seen in more than one pic, Coincidence maybe?

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Originally Posted by crabstick 

Quite often, serial killers don't use the simplest explanation. They are called serial killers because of meticulous planning. They don't call them zodiac killers etc because they just take random advantage of people.

No doubt a lot of information will come out in a court case. Technology is getting better but I don't think legacy databases like number plates have been clustered nationwide yet? There appears a lot of dodgy people jump state lines with interstate number plates not yet automatically scanned and checked on roads.

The Cutler family will hold a memorial mass at Julie's former school Iona Presentation College
http://www.crimecasefiles.com/forum/...ie-cutler.html
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Solomon 7 - Holy Ghost
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Patrick Pearse, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 when Ireland won its independence from England.

hoshizora said:

Originally Posted by crabstick 

Quite often, serial killers don't use the simplest explanation. They are called serial killers because of meticulous planning. They don't call them zodiac killers etc because they just take random advantage of people.

I'm by no means an expert and I'm happy to be corrected. I agree that there is a lot of planning involved by serial killers, but the planning is usually done to avoid detection, dispose of the victim, what weapons are used, etc. Usually they go out to a place with killing on their mind and choose their victim at random based on their characteristics. While the details of the crime is planned, the act itself opportunistic and random. If he'd been 30 minutes later, Ted Bundy would've had a different victim to the one he got on that occasion. He wasn't bent on killing a particular girl, he just wanted a young, pretty girl, is what I'm saying. Just like I think if these girls had not been where they were, some other poor, young woman would've been the victim instead. But of course some differ and I think one that differs is the Zodiac Killer. While they were young couples, the acts didn't seem as opportunistic as other serial killers.

Well, in my opinion, it is often the most simplest explanation. You don't have to agree. 

Do you know any serial killer or murders where the murderer has used rituals, religious imagery or any of the things you talk about? I'm very curious

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The Cutler family will hold a memorial mass at Julie's former school Iona Presentation College
http://www.crimecasefiles.com/forum/...ie-cutler.html
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hoshizora said:

t's a shame Julie's been gone so long too! I wish they could find her too.

Do they think Julie's disappearance is linked to the CSK? This thread is the first time I'm hearing this.

 Crabstick said:

Claremont - The brightest hill

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http://www.claremont.wa.gov.au/Residents/Heritage.aspx
http://www.claremont.wa.gov.au/Community/Museum.aspx
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Alwaysquestion said:

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Welcome, alwaysquestion! Your posts here have been very informative and interesting! 

Yes! This is exactly right! It doesn't have to get too complicated with it being connected to days or rituals or anything like that. Often it is the most simple explanation, which is, in this case, most likely some guy took advantage of three ladies when they were out and he targeted them because they were young, beautiful, alone and in the Claremont area.
 

I won't post about it since it would be against the rules in more ways than one, but if you would like to know more about the person Mr. Coward told the police about, he wrote about it on the AFL/football forum I talked about a few pages back.

Thank you for your kind words Hoshizora. I have been told some information about a taxi driver that lived off a road in the location of where Mr Coward is referring to. That has been reported to police early 2014. I don't like the way Mr Coward has gone about things either. He has also posted a blog article online with details he should never have published. In my opinion that was a very stupid and infantile action to take with no forethought of consequences that may eventuate. 

I prefer a more scientific approach to examine why the Claremont perpetrator/s chose the final locations and the relevancy to those locations of the abduction sites. I think that these are the most important and relevant considerations in this whole sad and tragic story. The locations were chosen for a particular reason I am 100% certain of that. 

I would be interested to see what your thoughts are on this?

Ausgirl 

Enough Is Enough

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Quite often, serial killers don't use the simplest explanation. They are called serial killers because of meticulous planning. They don't call them zodiac killers etc because they just take random advantage of people.

Really, very few serial killers fit the Hannibal Lecter psychopathic genius image. There's a few that have, and there's a great many who have not. Some killers with a relatively low IQ, some even approaching levels where they'd be considered "developmentally challenged", have evaded police through a series of murders due to poor police work, lack of police resources, sheer dumb luck, or just enough sense to forgo leaving their fingerprints anywhere obvious. 

CSK doesn't have to be an evil genius to pick up girls, kill them and dump them somewhere remote. Dozens of stupid killers have done exactly that.

Of course, seeing that these girls were all young and pretty, and there's no visible evidence of forceful abduction, I feel a lot more confident in speculating about his level of attractiveness moreso than his level of intelligence.

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Alwaydsquestion said:

I'm by no means an expert and I'm happy to be corrected. I agree that there is a lot of planning involved by serial killers, but the planning is usually done to avoid detection, dispose of the victim, what weapons are used, etc. Usually they go out to a place with killing on their mind and choose their victim at random based on their characteristics. While the details of the crime is planned, the act itself opportunistic and random. If he'd been 30 minutes later, Ted Bundy would've had a different victim to the one he got on that occasion. He wasn't bent on killing a particular girl, he just wanted a young, pretty girl, is what I'm saying. Just like I think if these girls had not been where they were, some other poor, young woman would've been the victim instead. But of course some differ and I think one that differs is the Zodiac Killer. While they were young couples, the acts didn't seem as opportunistic as other serial killers.

Well, in my opinion, it is often the most simplest explanation. You don't have to agree. 

Do you know any serial killer or murders where the murderer has used rituals, religious imagery or any of the things you talk about? I'm very curious.

Which Zodiac Killer are people referring to here; there are actually two lots of serial killings called 'zodiac' in America. The east coast based zodiac killer was named because of his predilection of planning and carrying out his murders on the exact time of sunrise. Apparently at the moment the sun starts to rise there is a triangular glow at the point on the horizon and that is what this killer worked his pattern on; for the life of me I can't recall the name to describe this sunrise event but someone here might know. The 2nd zodiac killer on the west coat of America is believed to have used a symbol used by astrologers to form his dump site pattern. 

I disagree slightly with your proposition Hoshizora that the "acts are opportunistic and random". The Claremont perpetrator/s actions in my view, were not opportunistic nor random. Perhaps opportunistic in that when the girl appeared that had the look and presented him with 'availability' - each girl was alone - then he would strike. I believe the terrible rapes and assault incidents that preceded the abductions and murders were the work of this perpetrator as well. All these girls were alone in that they did not have current partners. I don't consider these attacks were random either - that is I don't think this perpetrator went out on a night and during that night he decided to attack. It is my opinion he went out on each night with a deliberate and intentional purpose. The night before would not count, the night after would not count. It is more than probably in my opinion, that the girls had met this killer socially on a prior occasion. I believe it highly probable that the Claremont perpetrator 'connected' his murders and sexual assaults, so that he was able to relive and increase 'his pleasure' as he progressed - each girl was later connected. The dump site locations also form part of this 'inter-connecting web that can never be broken'. He formed this deadly pattern and it now exists for eternity. How powerful must that be to the mind of this perpetrator?

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"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 

 

http://stju.blogspot.ie/2006/02/more-on-corrupt-justice-of-western.html?m=1


The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 

 

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2006



MORE ON THE CORRUPT JUSTICE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Swigging a mid-strength beer and munching pizza on Monday night, Andrew Mallard quietly contemplated his freedom after almost 12 years behind bars. There were no high fives or whoops of joy, just a wander outside to look at the night sky unimpeded by prison walls. "I haven't seen the stars for so long," he mused. "Once you're locked in your cell, you can't see much." Just eight hours earlier, Mallard was spending another mundane day of musters and lock-downs, inmate number HO923173 in the maximum security Casuarina Prison. The jail had been his home since 1994, when he was charged with the murder of Perth jeweller Pamela Lawrence in a bloody case that has become infamous in the west. 

At her retirement village cottage, his elderly mother Grace and his steadily loyal big sister Jacqui wept with relief. John Quigley, a prominent former police union lawyer turned Labor MP, and I swapped telephone calls with the pro bono legal team from Clayton Utz and eminent barrister Malcolm McCusker, QC, who also worked on the case for free. A documentary team, filming the final scenes for an ABC television special, captured the long-awaited first moments of freedom. 

Monday's release came quickly but the road has been long: failed appeals and an exhausting struggle to find new evidence culminated in the discovery in 2002 of a police briefing that showed several key pieces of evidence were not disclosed to the defence at trial, including a forensic test that showing a wrench drawn during Mallard's long police interviews could not have caused Lawrence's injuries. The case was reopened by Attorney-General Jim McGinty but a long [Corrupt Western Australia] Supreme Court appeal was dismissed in 2003. That decision was overturned last November in a unanimous ruling by the High Court, which quashed Mallard's conviction. 

Robert Cock, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, had been hell-bent on retrying Mallard, claiming police and prosecutors had done no wrong and had nothing to hide. That was until mid-morning on Monday, when he telephoned McCusker to inform him the murder charge would be withdrawn because there was insufficient evidence to proceed. 

The dramatic end to Mallard's incarceration places him alongside Western Australia's other famous wrongful conviction cases: the Mickelberg brothers, John Button and Darryl Beamish. Most of the key players in those other mysteries were either retired or dead. In Mallard's case, the police and prosecutors have since risen to the top echelons of the state's justice system. 

After being handed a life sentence in 1995, Mallard disappeared down the Supreme Court dock stairs, yelling his innocence and promising, "You have not heard the last of this." He was right. Mallard's name now evokes bitter passions in the Perth legal community, publicly pitting Quigley and the eminent McCusker against Cock, who claimed on Monday that Mallard was still the prime suspect, despite conceding he had no case. 

It has divided the legal clique of Perth, where senior lawyers and judges tend to speak about each other in terms of which year they graduated from the same law school and which college sporting team they represented together. Long-held concerns in defence circles about the cosy relationship between the office of the DPP and police, and the number of ex-crown lawyers appointed to the Supreme Court bench, are the talk of Perth's legal hub at St Georges Terrace. Now that the murder charge has been dropped, all eyes are on a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation, which was launched after a stinging parliamentary speech by Quigley following the High Court decision in November. 

Before entering parliament, Quigley spent 20 years defending police against allegations of corruption and illegality. The outspoken Labor MP's passionate belief in Mallard's innocence turned him from police protector to accuser. He claimed in parliament the controversy amounted to a prima facie case of perverting the course of justice and lined up two assistant commissioners: David Caporn, who runs counter-terrorism and state protection, and Mal Shervill, the boss of specialist crime. Shervill led the investigation into Lawrence's death. Caporn, who would later lead the Claremont serial killer taskforce, was a head detective. 

Before the stormy afternoon of June 23, 1994, when Lawrence was bludgeoned to death in the leafy suburb of Mosman Park, Mallard was one of Perth's many homeless drifters with mental health problems and a penchant for marijuana. He was known to police for petty crimes and, on the morning of the murder, had been in the lock-up for breaking into the apartment of a friend's ex-boyfriend. Detectives arriving at the bloody scene after the mother of two's death found no jewellery or cash stolen, although they were in full view. Lawrence's husband, who had found his dying wife on the shop floor, told police a wallet from her handbag was gone. 

Police decided it was a case of robbery gone wrong. Mallard was one of 136 names on their list of suspects who vaguely fitted a description given by a schoolgirl who'd seen a man in Lawrence's shop. They began checking alibis and kept returning to suspects whose stories did not check out. Mallard, who was under assessment in Graylands Psychiatric Hospital at the time, was deemed to be dishonest because his alibis kept turning out to be stories from days other than the day of the murder. 

He had no history of violence and did not know Lawrence but his odd behaviour led detectives to seize Mallard's clothing, including his only pair of shoes. One drop of blood was found on a boot. It appears detectives were misled by an early laboratory report that suggested it was Lawrence's blood type. It was actually Mallard's own blood from a cut finger. 

Regardless of the blood result, police believed Mallard was suspiciously lying about his alibi. On June 10, 1994, without a lawyer or family member, Mallard followed Caporn, the day he was released from Graylands, into a police interview room, where he stayed for eight hours. What happened in that room is contested by both sides. The DPP's explanation on Monday for dropping the case surrounded the detective's handwritten, unsigned confession, which was admitted at Mallard's 1995 trial but would not be permitted under today's evidence rules. 

After that marathon interview, Mallard was released in the dead of night with no money or accommodation. Unknown to him, his trial lawyer or the 1995-96 appeal lawyers, Caporn had ordered an undercover detective to befriend Mallard and attempt to find evidence, particularly the murder weapon. That officer, codenamed Gary, watched Mallard smoking marijuana (Mallard says Gary supplied the marijuana) and attempted to gain a confession. The secret operation found nothing. A summary of the investigation, among the uncovered evidence found in 2002, revealed that some police believed Mallard was acting strangely but had doubts about his guilt. 

A week later, after a sleepless night in which he was bashed outside a nightclub under the watch of the undercover operation, Mallard was again interviewed off-camera and he drew a Sidchrome wrench. He then went on video for about 20 minutes to clear his name and confirm that he had told the police his theory of what the killer would have done. That video, supported by Caporn's corroborating notes, was the key to a successful prosecution. 

The five judges of the High Court found the conviction a miscarriage of justice because those confessions were unreliable and significant forensic evidence was withheld from the defence. They were critical of the fact that the police held back a raft of evidence (the prosecution knew of some of it) helpful to Mallard's defence. 

In addition to the wrench test and undercover operation, witness statements had been changed to remove crucial facts and a forensic scientist had been asked to alter his report on how the killer could have disposed of the murder weapon. It is not known what information the police made available to the then director of public prosecutions, John McKechnie, QC, or the trial prosecutor, Ken Bates. McKechnie is now a Supreme Court judge and Bates a senior prosecutor who acted as DPP when Cock was recently on sick leave with cancer. 

Cock has said he hopes any non-disclosure by the DPP's office was an oversight and not deliberate. He has also said he believes the police have done nothing wrong and could not see why the CCC investigation was necessary. Cock told the court on Monday he still considered Mallard the prime suspect in the murder despite the lack of evidence to proceed against him. He has been supportive of the police refusal to reopen the case in the face of evidence provided by McCusker relating to other suspects, including a report from an internationally renowned forensic expert. 

It is almost impossible to find senior criminal counsel without some link to this case or its main players. McCusker, Mallard's lawyer, is also the parliamentary inspector of the CCC. Safely ensconced in his mother's retirement village after a fitful night's sleep on a comfortable bed, the lanky, bespectacled Mallard is still coming to terms with his release. Yesterday, as furious words were hurled from both sides, the quietly spoken Englishman vowed to make his supporters proud. His first instinct is to flee the state, wary of police and a system he has grown to mistrust, but he is determined to clear his name before going anywhere. "I need it to be proved irrefutably that I am innocent and that the murderer is still out there," he says. "I have waited a long time. The whole truth will come out in the end." 

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Further comment:

"State Attorney-General Jim McGinty yesterday conceded the case had revealed an "untidy and unfortunate" series of events, saying it was up to the state's corruption watchdog to continue its investigations into the handling of the police inquiries and prosecution. "Nobody can feel satisfied with the way in which the Mallard case has unfolded," Mr McGinty said. "It was an horrendous murder. Nobody has been brought to justice for it and now we have got allegations of improper or corrupt behaviour by police and DPP prosecutors. "I think there is no doubt that this particular case casts a shadow over the way in which the police conducted the investigation and perhaps the way in which the DPP prosecuted this case." Mr McGinty urged police to vigorously investigate any further information that became available. 

Police Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson was quick to defend his officers yesterday, saying it was important the case did not become a measure of police competence in homicide investigations. Contradicting his statement on Monday evening that police had no intention of re-opening the case, Mr Dawson said unsolved murder cases were never closed." 


(And don't forget your ration of Wicked Thoughts for today)

 

"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

 

http://stju.blogspot.ie/2006/02/more-on-corrupt-justice-of-western.html?m=1

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 


The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 

"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 


The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4066456/Police-turn-attention-finding-Claremont-victim-Sarah-Spiers-Bradley-Robert-Edwards-charged-murder-two.html

           

Where is Sarah? Police turn their attention to finding body of the first Claremont victim after man is charged over the murders of two women

  • Police are now focusing their attention on Sarah Spiers who disappeared in 1996
  • Ms Spiers was last seen leaving Club Bay View on January 27, 1996 and after hailing a taxi, was never seen again. She is still missing two decades on
  • Bradley Robert Edwards was arrested and charged last week with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who also disappeared from Claremont 
  • Police are searching the a property south of Perth owned by Edwards' parents  



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4066456/Police-turn-attention-finding-Claremont-victim-Sarah-Spiers-Bradley-Robert-Edwards-charged-murder-two.html#ixzz4U3oIcjgg 
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By Ashleigh Davis and Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 15:19, 26 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07, 26 December 2016

 

Police are now focusing their attention on finding Sarah Spiers, the first of three women to go missing from Perth in the 1990s.

Ms Spiers, who was 18 at the time, left Club Bay View in Claremont on January 27, 1996 and, after hailing a taxi, was never seen again.

Forensic police were seen with digging equipment at Bradley Robert Edwards' parent's investment property at Madora Bay, south of Perth, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Where is Sarah? Police turn their attention to finding body of the first Claremont victim after man is charged over the murders of two women

  • Police are now focusing their attention on Sarah Spiers who disappeared in 1996
  • Ms Spiers was last seen leaving Club Bay View on January 27, 1996 and after hailing a taxi, was never seen again. She is still missing two decades on
  • Bradley Robert Edwards was arrested and charged last week with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who also disappeared from Claremont 
  • Police are searching the a property south of Perth owned by Edwards' parents  



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4066456/Police-turn-attention-finding-Claremont-victim-Sarah-Spiers-Bradley-Robert-Edwards-charged-murder-two.html#ixzz4U3oIcjgg 
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By Ashleigh Davis and Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 15:19, 26 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07, 26 December 2016

 

Police are now focusing their attention on finding Sarah Spiers, the first of three women to go missing from Perth in the 1990s.

Ms Spiers, who was 18 at the time, left Club Bay View in Claremont on January 27, 1996 and, after hailing a taxi, was never seen again.

Forensic police were seen with digging equipment at Bradley Robert Edwards' parent's investment property at Madora Bay, south of Perth, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Where is Sarah? Police turn their attention to finding body of the first Claremont victim after man is charged over the murders of two women

  • Police are now focusing their attention on Sarah Spiers who disappeared in 1996
  • Ms Spiers was last seen leaving Club Bay View on January 27, 1996 and after hailing a taxi, was never seen again. She is still missing two decades on
  • Bradley Robert Edwards was arrested and charged last week with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, who also disappeared from Claremont 
  • Police are searching the a property south of Perth owned by Edwards' parents  



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4066456/Police-turn-attention-finding-Claremont-victim-Sarah-Spiers-Bradley-Robert-Edwards-charged-murder-two.html#ixzz4U3oIcjgg 
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

By Ashleigh Davis and Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 15:19, 26 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07, 26 December 2016

 

Police are now focusing their attention on finding Sarah Spiers, the first of three women to go missing from Perth in the 1990s.

Ms Spiers, who was 18 at the time, left Club Bay View in Claremont on January 27, 1996 and, after hailing a taxi, was never seen again.

Forensic police were seen with digging equipment at Bradley Robert Edwards' parent's investment property at Madora Bay, south of Perth, reported the Daily Telegraph.


Police are now focusing their attention on the first of three women to go missing from the Perth suburb of Claremont in the 1990s - Sarah Spiers. She remains missing to this day

Police are now focusing their attention on the first of three women to go missing from the Perth suburb of Claremont in the 1990s - Sarah Spiers. She remains missing to this day

Edwards, 48, was arrested and charged with the deaths of two other missing women Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, on Thursday last week.

The former head of the Macro taskforce assigned to investigate the cold case has also said he prays information about Sarah Spiers will finally be discovered.

David Caporn said hardly a day goes by when he doesn't think about the victims, and said: 'I hope and pray that more will come to light about Sarah.'   

Bradley Robert Edwards (pictured left) was arrested and charged with the murders of two other women who disappeared from Claremont in 1996 and 1997 - Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27

Bradley Robert Edwards (pictured left) was arrested and charged with the murders of two other women who disappeared from Claremont in 1996 and 1997 - Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27

Police search a property south of Perth owned by the parents of a man charged with two murders

Police search a property south of Perth owned by the parents of a man charged with two murders

Police officers continued to guard the property on Challenger Road on Friday night, WA Today reported. 

The accused man's parents haven't lived there for some years and rent the property out, the Fairfax Media report said.


  The Telstra worker appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday charged with the abduction and murder of Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27 in 1996 and 1997.

A third woman who disappeared during that period, Sarah Spiers, remains missing, almost 21 years after leaving the Club Bay View in Claremont.


Ms Rimmer disappeared after a night out with friends in 1996. 

Her body was found in bushland at Wellard in Perth's southern suburbs on August 3 that year.

Ms Glennon disappeared in March 1997, also after a night out in Claremont. 

Her body was found in bushland in Eglington, north of Perth. 

Jane Rimmer was 23 when she went missing in 1996 after a night out in Claremont

Jane Rimmer was 23 when she went missing in 1996 after a night out in Claremont

Ciara Glennon was 27 when she disappeared in March 1997 in upmarket Claremont in Perth

Ciara Glennon was 27 when she disappeared in March 1997 in upmarket Claremont in Perth

West Australian Police C                       ommissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the investigations were continuing.

'So there is still much work to be done, but this has already been the biggest and most complex police investigation in WA history,' he said.

'Hundreds of police officers have worked on this case over the 20 years.'

Edwards has also been charged in relation to attacks on other women, including two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, one count of breaking and entering and one count of indecent assault.

A white kimono that may provide police with vital clues in the cold case murders  

A white kimono that may provide police with vital clues in the cold case murders

Commissioner O'Callaghan told reporters last week police would allege he abducted a 17-year-old girl as she walked through a park in 1995 and took her to a nearby cemetery where he sexually assaulted her.

He is also alleged to have entered the bedroom of an 18-year-old girl in 1988, and attacked her while she slept. He fled after she struggled but left behind a white kimono, which he accidently dropped.

Police allege he acted alone.   






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Welcome

In the evening of the 14th of July 2001 Peter Falconio vanished in the Australian outback, presumed murdered.  Left behind was Peters Kombi van and his girlfriend Joanne Lees. Joanne claimed a man had shot Peter and then attacked her, bound her hands behind her back and tried to detain her.. but she escaped.

Her attacker remained on the run for almost a year, but finally a suspect was identified, his name is Bradley John Murdoch.  Mr Murdoch claimed he was completely innocent and had never seen Joanne Lees or Peter Falconio. Bradley Murdoch went to trial for Peters murder, during the trial a large amount of circumstantial and substantial evidence was produced. In the end 12 members of jury came back with a unanimous verdict of guilty as charged. 

Reports from the media at the time suggested that Joanne was hiding something, that she acted strangely and did not appear to be grieving the loss of her boyfriend.  Her story also had some holes in and she was not cooperating with the media.  Many sections of the media, particularly the British press, were annoyed that Joanne did not want to cooperate with them, did not want give interviews or provide information.  But Joanne said she had her reasons to limit her exposure to the media, her story had already been twisted and she had been misquoted many times by the press.  Joanne decided she only needed to cooperate with the police as they where the ones that could find Peter or his attacker.  So with a lack of first hand information from the only eyewitness and just a trickle of info from the police the media started to speculate and point fingers. 

As with most murder cases the facts are hard to come by and murderers rarely admit their guilt.  Bradley Murdoch is no different, he denies everything, but the amount of evidence, both circumstantial and substantial clearly indicates he was involved.

Purpose of this website

1. To expose the rumours and media distortions that permeate this case.
2. To present information without a biased narrative
3. To explore the probabilities, possibilities and facts.
4. By process of elimination, make a reasonable deduction as to what happened to Peter

My Involvement in this case

I've been following this case on and off for the last 13 years.  In a way its become a hobby of sorts, perhaps an obsession? Perhaps its the mystery and the unanswered questions that has lured me in and held my focus.  I've spent a lot of time researching this case, in particular the rumours that surround it, discovering exactly when and where they were created.  I believe its essential to explore the rumours, de-bunk them if possible and remove the false rumours from the equation.  

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As this website is within the public domain there is a chance the victims, the convicted, their families or friends may view the site and find some of the content objectionable or offensive.  I have no desire to cause distress to anyone that was, or is involved with this highly controversial case.  Therefore, if this applies to yourself and you have a problem, please contact me with your concerns. I will endeavour to remove or edit the material as soon as possible. 


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TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Peter Falconio Disapearance

Regarding the disappearance of Peter Falconio and kidnapping of his girlfriend Joanne Lees who left the UK to embark on a round-the-world trip, planning to visit Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America.

2000

15th November : Peter Falconio and his girlfriend Joanne Lees left the UK to embark on a round-the-world trip, planning to visit Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America.    

2001

16th January :
 They arrived in Sydney and initially stayed at the Springfield lodge, Kings Cross. A week or so later they rented at room in a flat at Bondi.

14th February: Joanne starts her new job at Dymocks bookstore, George st Sydney.

25th June: Mr Falconio and Ms Lees set off on their driving trip around Australia in their 30-year-old orange VW Kombi van from Sydney, travelling through Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Pirie, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.

11th July - Wednesday: They made friends with two Canadian backpackers (Mark & Izabel) whilst visiting Uluru and gave them a lift in their camper van to King's Canyon in the Watarrka national park, and on to Alice Springs, where they continued their travels separately.

12th July - Thursday: They spent the day sightseeing before staying the night in the van in an Alice Springs lay-by.

13th July - Friday: Peter Falconio calls his parents, said everything was great and they were enjoying themselves, Joanne was heard in the background giggling

14th July - Friday:  Bradley Murdoch testified that he camped that night, 125 kilometres south of Alice Springs (Finke River crossing)

14th July - Saturday: Mr Chris Malouf drives into Alice Springs on his way from SA to WA (Mr Malouf's appearance is similar to Mr Murdoch and he also drives a white Toyota 4x4 with a canvas canopy) Mr Malouf's most notable feature is his very long hair, which can be seen in his photograph to hang down over his shoulders by at least 6 inches.

14th July  -Saturday -10am: Mr Falconio visited Maureen Laracy, a Deloittes accountant in Alice Springs, who told him he owed the tax office money because he had been paying tax as an Australian resident, rather than as a non-resident, while working in Sydney. Meanwhile, Ms Lees visits the library in Alice Springs, checking her emails

14th July  -Saturday -10.30am Mr Murdoch arrives in Alice Springs, he stated in his testimony "first thing in Alice, Red Rooster" Mr Murdoch testified that he then visited Red Rooster, then Kittles garage (car wash) Barbeques Galore, then the BP to refuel. Then he visited the Repco store at 1.30PM to buy some plastic fuel containers and BiLo at 2PM to purchase some provisions. Evidence was found to prove he visited BBQ's Galore and Repco but there was no evidence to support his claim he went to the BP service station. He had spent approximately 5 hours in Alice Springs. He claimed he left Alice Springs at 3 PM.  Its been affirmed that whilst in Alice Springs he left his trailer in the care of an associate at his trucking business.

14th July - Saturday: Peter and Joanne meet each other to have breakfast together at the Green Frog cafe. 

14th July - Saturday - 11.30 : Ms Lees rang her friend, Amanda Whelan, in Sydney to say they were going to visit the Camel Cup races, where they spent two to three hours and watched the Miss Camel Cup beauty pageant

14th July - Saturday: Joanne and Peter went to the airport to buy a return ticket for Joanne (Brisbane-Sydney)Please see the FAQ's for the reason why Joanne collected her ticket from the airport.

14th July - Saturday:: They attend the Camel Cup in Alice Springs, and watch many of the races (verified present at the races by video footage)
The camel cup race started at around 2.30 PM and stayed long enough to watch the race and look around.  Estimated time leaving the cup is 3PM or thereabouts.

14th July - Saturday - 3.00-3.30 pm : Mr Murdoch claims he left Alice Springs to travel back to Broome via the Tanami track, in tow was his new camper trailer.    

14th July - Saturday: - 3.30-4pm: Joanne and Peter return to Alice Springs and drop into the Red Rooster restaurant. (verified by staff, as being at the restaurant in the late afternoon)

14th July - Saturday - 4-4.15pm: Ms Lees commenced the drive north from Alice Springs while Mr Falconio reads a book before falling asleep in the back.

14th July - Saturday - 3.45-4pm:  Mr Gregory Dick and Mr Michael Oatley worked at the Aileron roadhouse, they claim they he saw Joanne and Peter at their roadhouse. They ordered two toasted sandwiches, a coffee and a cola, and were looking through a series of brochures and postcards, discussing places to visit. Joanne Lees denies stopping at Aileron. According to the timeline it is possible for the pair to have stopped at Aileron, eat something and then stopped again at Ti Tree. (the Aileron roadhouse is 70 Km's south of Ti Tree)  A point worthy of note..Mr Oatley was not 100% sure it was Joanne and Peter and said the man he thought was Peter could not speak English very well and thought he sounded Greek or Italian. Peter is English and speaks English.  It was known there was another couple on the Stuart Hwy driving a Kombi that day and they were also from the UK. Perhaps the Aileron sighting is a case of mistaken identity?

14th July - Saturday - 6.00pm: Joanne and Peter stop at Ti Tree "shared a smoke", a joint of cannabis, as they watched the sun set. Mr Falconio then bought some lollies, purchased fuel and took over the driving as they headed north along the Stuart highway.   (The receipt was time stamped, the fuel was paid for at 6.21PM)

14th July - Saturday - 6.50pm: Shortly after leaving Ti Tree Ms Lees saw a small fire at the side of the road along the way, Peter wanted to stop and to check it out, Joanne says they shouldn't stop, it looked suspicious and they kept driving

14th July - Saturday - 8.00pm: Mr Murdoch claims he was near Yuendumu some 300km's from Alice Springs, indicating an average speed of around 60kph. Mr Murdoch could not offer any proof to support this statement.

14th July - Saturday - 8-8.30pm:  Around 11 km's north of  Barrow Creek a man in a white four-wheel drive, drives along the Kombi  and waves the Kombi over, Mr Falconio gets out and talks to the man at the rear of the Kombi. A bang is heard. Ms Lees is threatened with a small silver hand gun, punched and restrained with cable-tie handcuffs before escaping and hiding in the bushes for several hours, until she waves down a passing road train. Mr Falconio was presumed shot, his blood was on the road. 

15th July - Sunday - 12.38am: A man bearing similar characteristics to Joannes attacker was caught on security footage at the Shell truck stop, Dalgety Road, Alice Springs. The man purchased a large amount of fuel, ice and an iced coffee. He paid around $130 in cash. The driver leaves the roadhouse at 12.50am.  The vehicle was a 75 series Diesel Toyota Land Cruiser with a canvas tarp over the tray. It was reported to be virtually identical to the vehicle that Mr Murdoch owned at that time.  Friends and family of Mr Murdoch believe the man at the truck stop was Mr Murdoch and that it was his vehicle.  Mechanics that worked on his car also believe it looked like his vehicle. The upholsterer that manufactured the canvas tarp believed he recognised his design and testified that he made the tarp for Bradley Murdoch a few months before the incident. The attendant that served the man at the Shell truck stop told writer Robin Bowles that Bradley Murdoch was the man that he served that morning, he was sure of it.

15th July - Sunday - Around 1 am: Ms Lees emerges from the scrub and on to the highway and out in front of a "Bull's" road train truck being driven by Vince Millar. Vince stopped about a kilometre down the road and Joanne runs towards the road train. Vince gets out of the truck and speaks to Joanne. He started to help her look for her boyfriend but when she told him her attacker had had a gun, he decided it would be best to go for help. He drove her south to the Barrow Creek roadhouse, where they contacted police.    

15th July - Sunday - 4.20am: NT Police officers from Ti Tree arrived at the Barrow Creek hotel
  
15th July - Sunday: 7.00am: NT police launch a search for Mr Falconio and the gunman. They find a pool of blood covered with dirt beside the Stuart Hwy. This blood was later DNA matched to Peter Falconio. The police also find the orange Kombi parker well off the road in the scrub. 

15th July - Sunday : Superintendent Garry Moseley, of the Alice Springs police, organised a series of around a dozen road blocks, eventually covering the main routes from "Katherine to the South Australia border, to the Queensland border to the West Australia border". Every roadhouse and cattle station in the area was also contacted. It seems the Tanami road was not blocked.

15th July - Sunday -  8PM: Mr Murdoch claims to have refuelled at Fitzroy crossing and had a steak sandwich. This means he covered the distance between Yuendumu and Fitzroy Crossing, (1,000km's) in 24 hours. This seems quite reasonable if he stopped for a sleep, food, toilet stops. However Mr Murdoch's alibi for Fitzroy Crossing (a close friend) was said to be unreliable as his story had changed a number of times.

15 October: Police officers on an orientation visit to the site uncover more evidence - tape used to restrain Ms Lees and her lip gloss tube - apparently missed during a police search three months earlier. The lip gloss tube was found under leaf litter.

2002

April :
 The W.A police receive an anonymous call. James Hepi was said to be transporting drugs over the border into W.A, a description of the truck is given and a location provided. Later, Bradley Murdoch admits to friends that he was the person that reported the crime and seems upset and quite remorseful about doing so. Later it was revealed that Mr Murdoch arranged for a friend to make the actual call.

16th April: James Tahi Hepi was arrested outside the Roebuck Roadhouse near Broome W.A, with 4Kg's of marijuana found hidden in a modified gas cylinder on his 4x4. James knew it must have been Brad who reported him, they had a falling out and Brad was just one of a few people who knew where Mr Hepi stored the drugs.

May: Bradley Murdoch Moved into to a run down stone farmhouse in Port Broughton, South Australia

31st May: Detective-Sergeant David Chalker, receives a call from Broome detective Peter Jenal, he provided with the information James Hepi had regarding Brads possible involvement with the disappearance of Peter Falconio. The information was not acted upon at that stage.

29th July: James Hepi appears in Boome district court  and pleas guilty to the transportation and possession of 4 Kg's of Cannabis. He receives an 18 month sentence that is suspended for 12 months.

21st August: A 12 year girl is raped and her mother sexually molested and abducted from their bush property near Swan Reach S.A. The woman and her daughter claim the rapist was Bradley Murdoch.  The girl was later examined by a GP and it was confirmed she had been sexually assaulted or had sex and quite recently.

23rd August. Fred Everitt  is released from Royal Adelaide hospital, he was there receiving treatment for lung cancer.
NB: Fred Everitt is the defacto partner of the woman who was abducted along with her daughter 
 
28th August: Bradley Murdoch was arrested outside of Woolworths, Port Augusta, S.A for the alleged rape and abduction of a 13 year girl and the sexual molestation and abduction of the girls mother. He gives up freely and makes no comment regarding the charges, he seemed unsurprised by the arrest.

2003

21st October
: Bradley Murdoch is on trial at Adelaide District court for the alleged rape and abduction. Little physical evidence is found to support the rape and abduction. However drugs, guns, chains and restraints are found. Metal handcuffs were found as well as cuffs made from cable ties. The cable tie handcuffs were very similar in design to the ones Joanne Lees had be restrained with.

Jan-April 2003: Some 2,500 people have been identified during the long police investigation as "persons of interest".

10th November: Bradley Murdoch is acquitted of the charges as the jurys verdict was not unanimous. Mr Murdoch was arrested as he left the court and taken to the Northern Territory to answer charges regarding the murder of Peter Falconio.
 
14th November: Bradley John Murdoch faces Darwin Magistrates Court over Mr Falconio's murder..

17th November: DNA samples belonging to Bradley Murdoch are analysed in the NT Police forensic lab.

2004

17th May
: A committal hearing into the charges is heard in Darwin Magistrates Court over three weeks, resuming for a further two weeks in August, 2004.

18th August: Murdoch is committed to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court on the charges.

2005

May 
: Authorities send a portion of the cable-tie restraints to the United Kingdom for specialist DNA testing, which finds a DNA sample 100 million times more likely to have come from Murdoch than anyone else.

17th October: The Northern Territory Supreme Court trial begins into Mr Falconio's murder.

22nd November: Today, the jury heard from several men from Broome who'd worked at a firm called Tropical Upholstery that fitted two canopies on Murdoch's four-wheel drive, an HJ 75 Toyota, in 2001.  Under questioning from the prosecutor Anne Barnett, Jean Louis O'Dore said he'd later recognised what he thought was Murdoch's vehicle in a photo from an Alice Springs truck stop on the night Mr Falconio disappeared.  He said he'd had a conversation about it with Murdoch at the time, "I said I'd seen photos of the car," he said, "and I thought it was ours, our canopy." "And what did he say?" Ms Barnett asked. "I think he said, "It may have been", because he goes up there," he replied. "It may have been him in the truck stop." 

22nd November: Another witness, Myles Sadler, worked at West Kimberley Diesel in Broome, the same auto workshop where Murdoch had worked. In 2001, he said he remembered Murdoch owned an HJ 75 Landcruiser, with a square canopy on the rear tray and a bull bar at the front He was shown the same truck stop photograph and asked about the bull bar in the photo. He replied, "That's pretty much the same." 

22nd November:  The jury heard evidence from a South Australian man, Ben Kotz, who's known Murdoch since childhood. He told the court he hadn't seen Murdoch for about 10 years until late 2001 or 2002, when Murdoch had dropped in a few times at his parents' home. In the course of one conversation, Mr Kotz said Murdoch was distraught and told him he'd done something wrong.  "He'd dobbed in his Kiwi mate," he said.

13th December: Murdoch is found guilty of murdering Mr Falconio, assaulting Ms Lees and depriving her of her liberty. He is given a mandatory life sentence and minimum 28-year non-parole period.

2006

12th December
: Lawyers for Bradley John Murdoch begin a three-day appeal against his conviction and sentence in the NT Court of Criminal Appeal in Darwin.

2007

10th January
: Three judges in the NT Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismiss his appeal.

28 February: Human bones found about 100km southwest of the service station where Murdoch refuelled hours after killing Mr Falconio are described by police as probably belonging to a missing Aborigine.

21st June: Murdoch's application for special leave to appeal in the High Court is denied.

4th August: A prison guard reportedly tells News Limited Murdoch is doing it easy in a minimum security section of Darwin's Berrimah prison.

15th August: Media reports emerge that Murdoch's family are pushing to have him moved to a jail in Western Australia but the WA government says it has not received any such applications.

25th August: NT authorities deny reports that Murdoch had been caught trying to break out of prison in Darwin. Murdoch is transferred from Berrimah Prison to the Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

24th December: The Age newspaper reports that Murdoch's lawyers will push to have the case reopened after British police suspended their use of  low copy number (LCN) DNA testing, which was used in the crown's case against Murdoch.

2008

15th February
: With a second more rigorous review of LCN DNA testing underway in the UK, Perth QC Tom Percy, who specialises in the miscarriage of justice, begins examining the legitimacy of the DNA evidence used in Murdoch's trial and possible grounds for appeal.

27th May: The orange van that was obtained as evidence during police investigations is released from the NT Supreme Court basement, and Ms Lees orders that it be destroyed.

2010

5th June
: News Limited reporters accompany a clairvoyant, who is adamant she can find Mr Falconio's grave, into Central Australia without success.

2011

16th July:  Disgraced former lawyer Andrew Fraser, claims that Peter Falconio is alive and he has proof in the form of witnesses. When quizzed if he has spoken to the witnesses he replies I am yet to speak with them.  Mr Fraser admits that he is involved in a 2 part documentary that will expose the lies and show that Bradley Murdoch is innocent. 

Aug: An ex-friend of Bradley Murdoch reveals to the public through a South Australian newspaper that he did have an opening for his dog to pass from the tray to the front of his vehicle. Jennifer Wainwright said that Mr Mudoch used to stay in her shed whilst he was visiting Adelaide.

2012

29th February: A TV network has been charged for communicating with notorious Territory prisoner Bradley John MurdochJournalist Rahni Sadler who produced the story for Channel 7's Sunday Night program has also been charged with communicating with a prisoner along with Murdoch's confidant former lawyer Andrew Roderick Fraser,
 the NT News reports. The charges have been laid by Correctional Services on the advice of the Solicitor for the Northern Territory. Channel 7 recorded a phone conversation between Murdoch and Mr Fraser which aired on July 31 last year.

2013

17 December: Bradley Murdoch lodges an appeal with the NT criminal court of appeal, he is appealing his sentence because he believes there was misconduct by the crown in his original trial.


Please note: This timeline has been constructed from a range of sources that have been checked and verified to be as accurate as possible, some times have been estimated but should be accurate to within a half hour. The timeline is continually updated as new information comes forth.

 

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Man claims Joanne Lees hired Bradley Murdoch to kill Peter Falconio


A Mr Geoff Gerald Atkins claims he was at the Barrow Creek hotel on the night of 14/7/2001. Geoff said he played a game of pool with Bradley Murdoch. He also spoke at length to Peter Falconio and Joanne Lee's. Geoff claims Mr Murdoch had indicated he would sometimes be hired to kill people and that Ms Lee's paid him $2600 to kill Peter.  Mr Murdoch said Joanne was going to write a book about Peter's disappearance and then he would be paid the balance for the 'hit' from the proceeds of the book..

STATUTORY DECLARATION

State of South Australia – Oaths Act 1936

I Geoffrey Atkins
of (address removed for privacy reasons)
do solemnly and sincerely declare that

On Saturday 14th July 2001, approximately 7:40 am, I left Coober Pedy. I had travelled about 3-5 kms on the Stuart Hwy, when I seen an orange Kombi. I said to the kids ‘Look it’s an Abbacromby, it will be full of hippies,’ but on passing we gave a toot & a wave, the kids were a bit disappointed, there was no hippies on board, the two people in the Kombi looked extremely happy, the sort of glow you get after a win. Before we were out of the area mined for opals, I stopped and done a bit of fossicking with the kids, we were only a couple of chain off the road when I heard the Kombi purring down the road towards us. We got another wave and a friendly toot. Ten minutes later we were on the road again, more toots and waves. Then about 20 minutes later, there was a car that had broken down, and was being stripped for parts. Time for a piss and a look what was left, again the Kombi caught up, more toots and waves. 15 minutes later, we passed the Kombi again more toots and waves.  Hours later, another wreck, another piss stop, another toot and wave as they pass again. I couldn’t help but think how well that Kombi sounded and looked. The next time I seen the Kombi, it was parked on the wrong side of the road facing back towards Coober Pedy. There was a white Tojo [Toyota 4-wheel drive] with green canopy parked close by. There was a man there between the Kombi and the Tojo, he looked to me like he had Maori in him. He also had a rifle in his arms. I believe it was a Bruno 22. He did not look clean. He had a dark shirt and dirty black pants with a white stripe down the side. He wore a black baseball hat with the desert eagle insignia on it. He was lean build, approximately 5’11” sporting a Zepata mow. [sic]  

We tooted to the Kombi, even though we could not see anyone else there. The guy with the rifle gave me a nasty look. I stuck my finger up at him. The kids both said Did you see that dad, that bloke had a gun just like yours.’ The kids were convinced the occupants had already been killed and they wanted me to go back and check if they (Lees and Falconio) weren’t in the back of the Kombi. I told the kids he had a gun, I didn’t. Lorna [daughter of witness] asked me to report it to the police in Alice which was about 15 kms away. I didn’t go to the police in Alice, it would have been about 3:30 pm by now. I had a bit of a shop at Woolies, fuelled up and back on the road. About 2 hours later I saw the Kombi parked at Ti Tree. The occupants were also there. I gave them a toot & wave, they waved back. I knew the road fairly well and had decided to have a break at Barrow Creek. I knew that because it was a Saturday night & the Camel Cup, the odds were that I shouldn’t have much trouble getting set for a game of pool, and I might also be able to get rid of a snake I had on board. When I pulled up at Barrow Creek the kids were sleeping.  I parked the car at the bowser [fuel pump] and went into the pub, within seconds of being served I asked two guys that just sat down if they played pool, they both wanted a game. 

We introduced ourselves and found out quite quickly that we had a lot in common, as in racist, drugs, jails, and police. I asked him if he was related to Jibba Murdoch. He asked me where I came from, I told him Bendigo Vic. He said no relation to my rellies [relatives], they are all in the West. The reason I asked him if he was related to Jibba is because he was only the second Murdoch I had ever met. After telling Murdoch that I had done time in Queensland for dope he was not backwards in telling what seemed to be his life story. He mentioned his drug dealing with pride it seemed he told me he had been dealing most of his life. But he was right into it now and kicking goals. He told us how he belonged to some sort of club that you bought shares in and got informed of what drugs were on the market and if you put money up front, you got a far better deal. I played one game of pool with Bradley Murdoch. He won, I handed the cue to the other guy and took advantage of the time, and went to check on the kids, and got the snake out of the car, and took it into the pub. I showed it in the bar first. There was a ringer that worked on a station close by that was very interested in it, but he didn’t have enough money. I then went into the other hotel rooms, Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees were sitting at a table, we introduced ourselves and talked about touristy things. Peter had told me they were heading to Darwin, the same as me. He told me they were going to camp the night at Tennant Creek, that he expected to be there about 2:30 am. He asked me where I was going to sleep. I said I was not going to camp anywhere. Once I left the pub I was going to push on for Darwin. He said you must be fucked, you have come from Coober Pedy this morning.  I informed him I’d come non stop from Vic. He said you must be on speed. I told him I wasn’t but I wouldn’t mind a bit, you haven’t got any have you? He replied I haven’t got any speed but I might be able to help you with an ecci [ecstasy tablet] if you like. I replied that I had some Endone [analgesic] if I wanted that sort of drug. It surprised me when he offered the ecci for he was wearing a blue sweater with a logo, hugs not drugs.

Joanne left the room and left Peter & I talking. I commented on the logo, I said it must be working for they seemed very happy. He informed me that that wasn’t the case, and that they would go their separate ways when they got rid of the Kombi. I told him where he could get rid of it [in Darwin], and a few places to check out. Joanne was very interested in the snake I had for sale, a territory night tiger, she said it was the first snake she had ever touched. It had only been about 25 minutes before this while talking to Bradley Murdoch, that a little bloke come over to us and said the Kombi has arrived. I said you mean the orange Kombi, he said yes. I said that I had been passing it since early this morning. Bradley Murdoch had called me aside from the other bloke to tell me something. I asked him if he had a bit of Gunja [marijuana] that I could get off him. He advised me that he couldn’t help, that he had sold the last bit to a shiela [woman] a couple of hours ago. I left Peter to go and put the snake back in the car, on returning I couldn’t help but notice Murdoch and Lees having a full on discussion, Brad had his back to me. Lees seemed to be laying down the law to him. I thought what have you got in common with this guy. I watched in awe for quite a few seconds, then went back to the other guy. Within minutes Brad showed up and said that he had just been propositioned to do a hit. He told me and the other guy that a shiela wanted her boyfriend popped. I said was it that shiela that he had been talking to when I came back in, he said yes. I said she wouldn’t be able to afford a hitman. I said they’re only driving a Kombi. He replied no she does. She just showed me a wad of $2600.00. I said that’s not enough to blow someone out. He said it’s a start. I said it is not like buying a car, you won’t get anymore out of her. He said you don’t know how much she is going to make out of this. I said how is she going to get any dough out of it he said, she planned to write a book and the media would pay plenty When Brad’s mate showed up and said the Kombi arrived, all I could think was where the fuck did you come from, a Dickens book. He looked quite evil. I seen him two more times. The second time I saw him was not long after Brad had told me he was breaking into the ecci market. He’s already had a sample $5000 worth, he said he was expecting $30,000 I asked him when did he expect them, he told me, soon. I thought no more about it. At the time Brad seemed a little uneasy. He was keeping an eye towards the door. I seen a glimpse of his little ugly mate Brad quickly disappeared for a split second, returned and said they have arrived there in the Kombi. About 20 minutes later he came up to Brad and said they’re leaving Brad said I’ve got to go, I’ll see you later. I owed Brad a beer, I said, do you want that stubby I owe you. He said don’t worry about it, I will be back soon, you can get it then. 

Brad and his little mate followed Peter and Joanne out of the pub, about 8-8:30 pm. He did not return until 11:30-12. He showed me a bad scratch on his arm. He said that fucken woman is mad. She went crazy out there. I said, I told you she didn’t want him dead, he said no she did. She just went crazy, he did not tell me how. He did tell me when I asked where Peter was, he looked at his watch and said he would be 250 kms by now. [sic] He told me his little mate had the body I assumed he was probably dead. I said to Brad you did blow him didn’t you? He said why do you say that. Brad had changed his shirt and pants, but his boots still had blood all over them. I pointed this out to him. He said that he had shot a roo while he was gone. I said bullshit, with a handgun. He replied yes, come out the back and I will show you. I declined, I thought I might be next. He then offered me a smoke if I wanted to go out back with him. It seemed odd only a couple of hours ago he told me that he had none. I think he realized how much he had told me. I wasn’t sure if he wanted to shoot me too. He had told me earlier that he was a professional shooter, when I asked him if it was roos he said no, I said dingoes, he said no, I asked him if it was vermin, he said you could call it that.

If this case is not a police cover up I would like to know why I was not called as a witness. I believe I know more about this case that then rest of the crown witnesses. I made application for a copy of the first two statements I made to police. After approximately 38 phone calls to the N.T. police I received the statements, they had been changed. They would not have been changed if it wasn’t a cover up. I rang Scotland Yard when I wasn’t called as a witness. I spoke to detective Atkinson. He advised me that he couldn’t do anything but to keep on trying to be heard. I tried to get in touch with the Falconio family through the NT News, they refused to publish my advertisement. I rang Father Mac Gillicuddy at St Patricks cathedral in Huddersfield U.K.  I sent a copy of my statements to Rex Wild to be passed on to the Falconio family. Everything I know about this case I have not mentioned in this statement. I would like to go on a lie detector test to prove that what I am saying is true and correct.

Yours sincerely

Geoffrey Atkins
 And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to
 be true, and by virtue of the provisions of the Oaths Act 1936.

Declared at Mount Barker in the State of South Australia, this 11th day of October 2010
 signature [G. Atkins] signature [Paul Philip Haverland] JP NO 14188

Signature of person making this declaration Signature of authorized witness
 (to be signed in front of an authorized witness) stamp: A justice of the Peace in and for the State of South Australia
stamp: Mount Barker Court, P.O. Box 101, Mt. Barker S.A. 5251


Are his claims true?

Mr Atkins story is plausible yet it remains uncorroborated by anyone or anything. The main issue I have is the timeline he puts forward, it does not match that facts as we know it. He claims he saw Peter and Joanne on the road from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs many times in the morning of 14/7/2001. The problem is Peter was seen many times by credible witnesses in Alice Springs on the same morning. I asked Mr Atkins to think about the timeline and if he could have got the days or times mixed up, but he was adamant, he did not make a mistake. Mr Atkins timeline contradicts statement, testimony and comments made by an accountant that met with Peter, a cafe owner, a worker at a real state agent and others that all say that saw Peter in the morning of the 14/7/2001 in Alice Springs. I believe that these credible witnesses are telling the truth and that either Mr Atkins has made a mistake or his story in in part or whole concocted. Mr Atkins was asked if he would tell his story to media, he said he would if they paid him enough.

Personal Opinion:

At this stage we only have Mr Atkins word that his story really did happen. The owner of the Barrow Creek hotel said he never saw anyone with a snake in his pub on that night and neither did he see Peter Falconio or Joanne Lees there.  Patrons that were in the pub that night have never mentioned the snake or seeing Joanne Lees or Peter Falconio there either. No one reported seeing an Orange Kombi outside the Barrow Creek Hotel that night.

There are too many outlandish claims made, too many holes and not a single person can back up his claims.  Mr Atkins clearly has some knowledge of the hotel and the general area and seems well read on this case. My personal opinion is Geoff's story has little credibility. The statuary declaration (above) was made only after one writer requested Geoff to make it, to help backup his claims. But it should be noted that there is no proof the statuary declaration has been given to the police or any official. Its easy to make a statuary declaration and have a JP sign it but does that mean what is written is the truth? 

 

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Many of the rumours and stories came about through a lack of information..
We saw the photos, the vision and editorials and all of that became our knowledge base for the case.


Based on that information we speculated and created our own versions of what we thought happened, we filled in the missing pieces. There was an abundance of evidence, photos and testimony that made up the case and the jury saw much of that, but we have only seen a very small fraction and a lot of the what we saw and heard was already distorted by syndicated media.   So without accurate information how can anyone construct an accurate overview of the case. Only the jury had the full gamut of information and yet many 'armchair sleuths' have criticised the jury for their determination. 


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RUMOUR: It was SAID Joanne's T shirt had just one tiny speck of DNA on it?
FACT: There were several blood spots on her T shirt, not just one and the largest spot was approximately 10 mm across.





















RUMOUR: It was SAID Her T shirt was pretty clean, how is it possible she was tackled to the ground and not have any dirty marks on her T shirt?
FACT: These photos clear up that false rumour. Note there are also grease marks or perhaps road bitumen on her T shirt.

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"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 

 

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The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 

 

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2006



MORE ON THE CORRUPT JUSTICE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Swigging a mid-strength beer and munching pizza on Monday night, Andrew Mallard quietly contemplated his freedom after almost 12 years behind bars. There were no high fives or whoops of joy, just a wander outside to look at the night sky unimpeded by prison walls. "I haven't seen the stars for so long," he mused. "Once you're locked in your cell, you can't see much." Just eight hours earlier, Mallard was spending another mundane day of musters and lock-downs, inmate number HO923173 in the maximum security Casuarina Prison. The jail had been his home since 1994, when he was charged with the murder of Perth jeweller Pamela Lawrence in a bloody case that has become infamous in the west. 

At her retirement village cottage, his elderly mother Grace and his steadily loyal big sister Jacqui wept with relief. John Quigley, a prominent former police union lawyer turned Labor MP, and I swapped telephone calls with the pro bono legal team from Clayton Utz and eminent barrister Malcolm McCusker, QC, who also worked on the case for free. A documentary team, filming the final scenes for an ABC television special, captured the long-awaited first moments of freedom. 

Monday's release came quickly but the road has been long: failed appeals and an exhausting struggle to find new evidence culminated in the discovery in 2002 of a police briefing that showed several key pieces of evidence were not disclosed to the defence at trial, including a forensic test that showing a wrench drawn during Mallard's long police interviews could not have caused Lawrence's injuries. The case was reopened by Attorney-General Jim McGinty but a long [Corrupt Western Australia] Supreme Court appeal was dismissed in 2003. That decision was overturned last November in a unanimous ruling by the High Court, which quashed Mallard's conviction. 

Robert Cock, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, had been hell-bent on retrying Mallard, claiming police and prosecutors had done no wrong and had nothing to hide. That was until mid-morning on Monday, when he telephoned McCusker to inform him the murder charge would be withdrawn because there was insufficient evidence to proceed. 

The dramatic end to Mallard's incarceration places him alongside Western Australia's other famous wrongful conviction cases: the Mickelberg brothers, John Button and Darryl Beamish. Most of the key players in those other mysteries were either retired or dead. In Mallard's case, the police and prosecutors have since risen to the top echelons of the state's justice system. 

After being handed a life sentence in 1995, Mallard disappeared down the Supreme Court dock stairs, yelling his innocence and promising, "You have not heard the last of this." He was right. Mallard's name now evokes bitter passions in the Perth legal community, publicly pitting Quigley and the eminent McCusker against Cock, who claimed on Monday that Mallard was still the prime suspect, despite conceding he had no case. 

It has divided the legal clique of Perth, where senior lawyers and judges tend to speak about each other in terms of which year they graduated from the same law school and which college sporting team they represented together. Long-held concerns in defence circles about the cosy relationship between the office of the DPP and police, and the number of ex-crown lawyers appointed to the Supreme Court bench, are the talk of Perth's legal hub at St Georges Terrace. Now that the murder charge has been dropped, all eyes are on a Corruption and Crime Commission investigation, which was launched after a stinging parliamentary speech by Quigley following the High Court decision in November. 

Before entering parliament, Quigley spent 20 years defending police against allegations of corruption and illegality. The outspoken Labor MP's passionate belief in Mallard's innocence turned him from police protector to accuser. He claimed in parliament the controversy amounted to a prima facie case of perverting the course of justice and lined up two assistant commissioners: David Caporn, who runs counter-terrorism and state protection, and Mal Shervill, the boss of specialist crime. Shervill led the investigation into Lawrence's death. Caporn, who would later lead the Claremont serial killer taskforce, was a head detective. 

Before the stormy afternoon of June 23, 1994, when Lawrence was bludgeoned to death in the leafy suburb of Mosman Park, Mallard was one of Perth's many homeless drifters with mental health problems and a penchant for marijuana. He was known to police for petty crimes and, on the morning of the murder, had been in the lock-up for breaking into the apartment of a friend's ex-boyfriend. Detectives arriving at the bloody scene after the mother of two's death found no jewellery or cash stolen, although they were in full view. Lawrence's husband, who had found his dying wife on the shop floor, told police a wallet from her handbag was gone. 

Police decided it was a case of robbery gone wrong. Mallard was one of 136 names on their list of suspects who vaguely fitted a description given by a schoolgirl who'd seen a man in Lawrence's shop. They began checking alibis and kept returning to suspects whose stories did not check out. Mallard, who was under assessment in Graylands Psychiatric Hospital at the time, was deemed to be dishonest because his alibis kept turning out to be stories from days other than the day of the murder. 

He had no history of violence and did not know Lawrence but his odd behaviour led detectives to seize Mallard's clothing, including his only pair of shoes. One drop of blood was found on a boot. It appears detectives were misled by an early laboratory report that suggested it was Lawrence's blood type. It was actually Mallard's own blood from a cut finger. 

Regardless of the blood result, police believed Mallard was suspiciously lying about his alibi. On June 10, 1994, without a lawyer or family member, Mallard followed Caporn, the day he was released from Graylands, into a police interview room, where he stayed for eight hours. What happened in that room is contested by both sides. The DPP's explanation on Monday for dropping the case surrounded the detective's handwritten, unsigned confession, which was admitted at Mallard's 1995 trial but would not be permitted under today's evidence rules. 

After that marathon interview, Mallard was released in the dead of night with no money or accommodation. Unknown to him, his trial lawyer or the 1995-96 appeal lawyers, Caporn had ordered an undercover detective to befriend Mallard and attempt to find evidence, particularly the murder weapon. That officer, codenamed Gary, watched Mallard smoking marijuana (Mallard says Gary supplied the marijuana) and attempted to gain a confession. The secret operation found nothing. A summary of the investigation, among the uncovered evidence found in 2002, revealed that some police believed Mallard was acting strangely but had doubts about his guilt. 

A week later, after a sleepless night in which he was bashed outside a nightclub under the watch of the undercover operation, Mallard was again interviewed off-camera and he drew a Sidchrome wrench. He then went on video for about 20 minutes to clear his name and confirm that he had told the police his theory of what the killer would have done. That video, supported by Caporn's corroborating notes, was the key to a successful prosecution. 

The five judges of the High Court found the conviction a miscarriage of justice because those confessions were unreliable and significant forensic evidence was withheld from the defence. They were critical of the fact that the police held back a raft of evidence (the prosecution knew of some of it) helpful to Mallard's defence. 

In addition to the wrench test and undercover operation, witness statements had been changed to remove crucial facts and a forensic scientist had been asked to alter his report on how the killer could have disposed of the murder weapon. It is not known what information the police made available to the then director of public prosecutions, John McKechnie, QC, or the trial prosecutor, Ken Bates. McKechnie is now a Supreme Court judge and Bates a senior prosecutor who acted as DPP when Cock was recently on sick leave with cancer. 

Cock has said he hopes any non-disclosure by the DPP's office was an oversight and not deliberate. He has also said he believes the police have done nothing wrong and could not see why the CCC investigation was necessary. Cock told the court on Monday he still considered Mallard the prime suspect in the murder despite the lack of evidence to proceed against him. He has been supportive of the police refusal to reopen the case in the face of evidence provided by McCusker relating to other suspects, including a report from an internationally renowned forensic expert. 

It is almost impossible to find senior criminal counsel without some link to this case or its main players. McCusker, Mallard's lawyer, is also the parliamentary inspector of the CCC. Safely ensconced in his mother's retirement village after a fitful night's sleep on a comfortable bed, the lanky, bespectacled Mallard is still coming to terms with his release. Yesterday, as furious words were hurled from both sides, the quietly spoken Englishman vowed to make his supporters proud. His first instinct is to flee the state, wary of police and a system he has grown to mistrust, but he is determined to clear his name before going anywhere. "I need it to be proved irrefutably that I am innocent and that the murderer is still out there," he says. "I have waited a long time. The whole truth will come out in the end." 

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Further comment:

"State Attorney-General Jim McGinty yesterday conceded the case had revealed an "untidy and unfortunate" series of events, saying it was up to the state's corruption watchdog to continue its investigations into the handling of the police inquiries and prosecution. "Nobody can feel satisfied with the way in which the Mallard case has unfolded," Mr McGinty said. "It was an horrendous murder. Nobody has been brought to justice for it and now we have got allegations of improper or corrupt behaviour by police and DPP prosecutors. "I think there is no doubt that this particular case casts a shadow over the way in which the police conducted the investigation and perhaps the way in which the DPP prosecuted this case." Mr McGinty urged police to vigorously investigate any further information that became available. 

Police Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson was quick to defend his officers yesterday, saying it was important the case did not become a measure of police competence in homicide investigations. Contradicting his statement on Monday evening that police had no intention of re-opening the case, Mr Dawson said unsolved murder cases were never closed." 


(And don't forget your ration of Wicked Thoughts for today)

 

"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

 

http://stju.blogspot.ie/2006/02/more-on-corrupt-justice-of-western.html?m=1

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 


The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 

"JUSTICE", FROM THE CRAZY TO THE DEEPLY DISTURBING 

The thinking behind this blog is really simple: The guilty should be prevented from reoffending and the innocent should not be convicted -- not very complex but often not achieved. 


The spotlight is also thrown on feral law enforcement 




Major police operation in Perth linked to Claremont serial killings: Reports

Staff Reporters

Police have established a crime scene at a home in Perth's east amid reports it could be linked to one of Australia's most high-profile cold cases.

Neighbours said police stormed a home in Kewdale about 7am on Thursday and took a man into custody.

Claremont serial killings breakthrough

West Australian police spent Thursday night questioning a man reportedly arrested in connection to the Claremont serial killings in the late 1990's. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

The ABC, citing police sources, said the man in his 50s was being interviewed in connection with the Claremont killings of three young women in the late 1990s.

Jane Rimmer, 23, Sarah Spiers, 18, and Ciara Glennon, 27, vanished in Claremont in 1996 and 1997.


Claremont murder victims Ciara Glennon (left) and Jane Rimmer (right). Investigations into the disappearance of Sarah Spiers (centre) are ongoing. 

Ms Rimmer's body was found in bushland south of Perth in 1996, while Ms Glennon's body was found north of Perth in 1997. Sarah Spiers has never been found.

Despite extensive investigations, police have never charged anyone in connection with the case, codenamed Operation Macro.

Then, this week, police phoned the family of Ciara Glennon and told them there had been a breakthrough, Ten News reported.

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Major police operation in Perth linked to Claremont serial killings: Reports

Staff Reporters

Police have established a crime scene at a home in Perth's east amid reports it could be linked to one of Australia's most high-profile cold cases.

Neighbours said police stormed a home in Kewdale about 7am on Thursday and took a man into custody.

Claremont serial killings breakthrough

West Australian police spent Thursday night questioning a man reportedly arrested in connection to the Claremont serial killings in the late 1990's. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

The ABC, citing police sources, said the man in his 50s was being interviewed in connection with the Claremont killings of three young women in the late 1990s.

Jane Rimmer, 23, Sarah Spiers, 18, and Ciara Glennon, 27, vanished in Claremont in 1996 and 1997.

                                                 
                                    Claremont murder victims Ciara Glennon (left) and Jane Rimmer (right). Investigations into the disappearance of Sarah Spiers (centre) are ongoing. 

Ms Rimmer's body was found in bushland south of Perth in 1996, while Ms Glennon's body was found north of Perth in 1997. Sarah Spiers has never been found.

Despite extensive investigations, police have never charged anyone in connection with the case, codenamed Operation Macro.

Then, this week, police phoned the family of Ciara Glennon and told them there had been a breakthrough, Ten News reported.

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A police command post outside the Kewdale house searched by officers on Thursday. Photo: Robert Koenig-Luck/ABC News

At 6.30am on Thursday, Jim Sheffield was gardening in the back yard of his Kewdale home when he heard a "real loud yell" and what sounded like a scream.

Tactical police were swarming a neighbouring property, he said.

 


Forensic police searched the home, which is believed to be linked to the Claremont investigation. Photo: Robert Koenig-Luck/ABC News

"I didn't think all that much about it," Mr Sheffield told journalists later in the day. "Came out about an hour later and there was a lot of police cars."

The man who was taken into custody has not been previously linked to the case, ABC reported. 


The site near Carabooda where the body of Ciara Glennon was found Photo: Tony McDonough

He lived at the house with his daughter, aged in her 20s, for a number of years. 

Vision from the scene showed forensic officers in the backyard of the home, where two blue marquees had been erected.


Family of murdered Perth woman, Ciara Glennon, Ian (brother-in law), Denise (sister), and mother Una and father Denis at the funeral service. Photo: Tony McDonough

Investigators spent all day at the property and removed several boxes and large plastic bags from the house, which were brought to a mobile police command post on the street. 

Police have so far declined to comment on the development, except to say the search at the home is "in relation to an ongoing investigation". Fairfax Media has contacted Western Australia Police for further information.


Speaking to radio station 6PR on Thursday night, Ten News journalist Rebecca Munro said sources had confirmed to her that the raid was "in fact linked to the Macro taskforce".

"This is a huge case," she said. "We've had it confirmed by a number of different sources.


Murder victim Ciara Glennon disappeared from Claremont in Western Australia. Photo: Tony McDonough


Jane Rimmer at a ball at Hollywood Highschool. Photo: Supplied

Sarah Spiers' body has never been found. Photo: Tony McDonough

Parents of missing woman Sarah Spiers, Don and Carol Spiers. Photo: Tony McDonough

It was midnight on June 9, and the hotel had closed. As Ms Rimmer leaned against a pole, a man approached her. She appeared to acknowledge him. He then walked out of view, the grainy footage showing only his back.

She remained on the footpath for many minutes, with people milling around her. The rotating camera panned away from Ms Rimmer and when it returned, she was gone.

The poor quality footage had been sent to US space agency NASA for enhancement years before its release, but NASA had been unable to improve it.

At the same time, police revealed more information about Ms Spiers and Ms Glennon.

Ms Spiers had called a taxi after 2am on January 27, 1996, when she left Claremont's Club Bayview. A witness reported seeing headlights nearby on Stirling Road, where Ms Spiers was thought to be waiting for the taxi. But 

Speaking to radio station 6PR on Thursday night, Ten News journalist Rebecca Munro said sources had confirmed to her that the raid was "in fact linked to the Macro taskforce".

"This is a huge case," she said. "We've had it confirmed by a number of different sources.

 

"Moments ago we just saw a bunch of evidence come out of the house."

Investigators spent all day at the property and removed several boxes and large plastic bags from the house, which were brought to a mobile police command post on the street. 

Police have so far declined to comment on the development, except to say the search at the home is "in relation to an ongoing investigation". Fairfax Media has contacted Western Australia Police for further information.

Jane Rimmer at a ball at Hollywood Highschool. Photo: Supplied

Speaking to radio station 6PR on Thursday night, Ten News journalist Rebecca Munro said sources had confirmed to her that the raid was "in fact linked to the Macro taskforce".

"This is a huge case," she said. "We've had it confirmed by a number of different sources.

 

"Moments ago we just saw a bunch of evidence come out of the house."

Investigators spent all day at the property and removed several boxes and large plastic bags from the house, which were brought to a mobile police command post on the street. 

Police have so far declined to comment on the development, except to say the search at the home is "in relation to an ongoing investigation". Fairfax Media has contacted Western Australia Police for further information.

 

Australia's most notorious serial killer

Task Force Macro is Australia's longest-running and most expensive murder investigation.

Sarah Spiers' body has never been found. Photo: Tony McDonough

It has investigated well over 3000 people and interviewed more than 500 people who were in Claremont on the night Ms Rimmer disappeared.

In 2008, detectives released previously unseen CCTV footage to media, which showed the 23-year-old exchanging a greeting with an unidentified man outside the Continental Hotel in Claremont on the night she disappeared.

 

Parents of missing woman Sarah Spiers, Don and Carol Spiers. Photo: Tony McDonough

It was midnight on June 9, and the hotel had closed. As Ms Rimmer leaned against a pole, a man approached her. She appeared to acknowledge him. He then walked out of view, the grainy footage showing only his back.

She remained on the footpath for many minutes, with people milling around her. The rotating camera panned away from Ms Rimmer and when it returned, she was gone.

The poor quality footage had been sent to US space agency NASA for enhancement years before its release, but NASA had been unable to improve it.

At the same time, police revealed more information about Ms Spiers and Ms Glennon.

Ms Spiers had called a taxi after 2am on January 27, 1996, when she left Claremont's Club Bayview. A witness reported seeing headlights nearby on Stirling Road, where Ms Spiers was thought to be waiting for the taxi. But the witness lost sight of the headlights after turning onto the Stirling Highway.

Meanwhile, when Ms Glennon was last seen by witnesses, she was talking to the occupant or occupants of a light-coloured vehicle that stopped on Stirling Highway on March 15, 1997.

She was seen leaning over with her hands on her knees as she spoke to those inside the car. Witnesses said when they looked back, the 27-year-old and the car had vanished. Other potential sightings of her on the highway that day made it impossible to determine if she had got into the car or not.

New evidence emerges

Rumours swelled in 2014 that detectives in Perth were close to an arrest. The rumours were swiftly quashed by police.

Then in December last year, the Subiaco Post reported that new clues appeared to have emerged, with detectives examining a link between the Claremont murders and the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in the year before the first murder.

The paper said police had forensic evidence linking Ciara Glennon's killer with a rapist who abducted a 17-year-old woman from a Claremont street then raped her in the cemetery in 1995.

The young woman had left Club Bay View shortly after midnight and was walking to a friend's house when she was abducted, taken to a cemetery, raped and released. 

According to the Subiaco Post report last year, police also believed the killer used a mid-1990s white Holden Commodore VS series 1 to abduct and kill at least two of his victims, and had linked fibres found on Jane Rimmer's body to the upholstery of a car matching that description.

The Post also reported that new evidence showed this victim was tied up with washing line, not telephone wire as previously reported, and that the line was "impregnated with material used in screen printing". 

The deaths of three women over 14 months in 1996 and 1997 sparked Australia's longest police investigation into what was dubbed the Claremont serial killings.

Key dates:

  • Ms Spiers went missing from outside a Claremont nightclub in January 27, 1996.
  • Ms Rimmer, 23, was abducted from Claremont in June 1996 and her body found in bushland south of Perth that August.
  • Ms Glennon, 27, disappeared on March 15 1997. Her body was found in bushland north of Perth 19 days after she was last seen in Claremont.



The Murder of Western Australian Commander Don  Hancock

By David Royds, National Centre for Forensic Studies, University of Canberra

From the December 2013 issue of the APJ.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s2651619.htm

This was an outstanding forensic investigation that showcases the work of highly regarded forensic professionals who painstakingly carried out a world class investigation. Most forensic investigations assist in either identifiying offenders or at the very least assist in convicting them. This investigation however did neither of that. The murderers of Lou Lewis and Don Hancock were charged with murder and associated offences by detectives who identified them through outstanding police work. The forensic evidence assisted investigators to demontrate to the offenders that police had recovered large amounts of critical intelligence. This went to obtaining a confession from the offender Sid Reid and to convince a cooffender that the case against them was strong and professional. 

Abstract

Bombings in Australia are rare as are crime experts with experience in bomb crime scene examination. It is important to review cases; not only for posterity but to reflect on some of the hard-earned experiences of others so that good work is remembered and emulated in the event of a recurrence. This article is a review of the forensic work carried out by a team of bomb scene examiners from Western Australia (WA) Police led by Sergeant Clayton (Jack) Bennie into the homicides of WA Police Commander Donald Hancock and Mr Lou Lewis. Although Senior Sergeant Bennie had no formal training as a scientist, he applied “scientific methodology” in the search for better understanding of explosive effects of the bomb used to murder Don Hancock and Lou Louise. David Royds has written this article as a training aid for aspiring bomb scene examiners.

Background

Don Hancock was a retired police officer who had served most of his career as a detective. He and his friend Lawrence ‘Lou’ Lewis, a bookmaker, were killed by a bomb that had been planted in their vehicle was detonated as it approached Hancock’s home at 6.36pm on Saturday 1 September 2001.

Hancock, who had risen through the ranks to become the chief of the Criminal Investigation Branch,was also to become one of the state's most controversial police officers.He was best known for the investigation in 1983 of $650,000 worth of gold in the so-called “Perth Mint swindle” which resulted in the gaoling the Mickelberg brothers. They maintained they had been framed. Hancock was also active in the pursuit of Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (OMCG) members, running a public campaign against them. An incident occurred in the small mining town of Ora Banda, near Kalgoorlie, where a member of the Gypsy Jokers OMCG, Billy Grierson, was shot dead by a sniper. The finger of suspicion was pointed at Hancock however there was no evidence to support a charge. Hancock’s subsequent death was widely seen as an act of revenge by bikies and the death of Lou Lewis as “collateral damage”.

The police investigation, known as Operation Zircon, had a breakthrough when a gang member called Sidney Reid implicated another member, the gang’s sergeant-at-arms Graeme Slater, as the bomber. Reid admitted receiving the bomb from Slater and planting it under the front seat of Lewis’s car whilst it was parked outside Perth’s Belmont Park racecourse. In company with Slater, he followed the vehicle to Hancock’s home and, as it pulled up, he alleges that Slater dialled a number on his mobile phone and whispered “Rest in Peace, Billy” before the bomb went off.

Reid was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years after pleading guilty to his part in the murders. He would also became the key witness at Slater's trial in the WA Supreme Court. The prosecution of Slater, however, subsequently failed after a vigorous assault upon Reid’s character and reliability as a truthful witness. Whilst controversy and various conspiracy theories persist, the forensic investigation was thorough and detailed. It uncovered strong factual evidence that stands uncontested to this day ...

TRANSCRIPT

Program Transcript                                                                                                                    

Read the Program Transcript of Quentin McDermott's report "The Hanging Law", first broadcast 10 August 2009.

Reporter: Quentin McDermott

Date: 10/08/2009

(Excerpt of footage of Sydney Olympics closing ceremony)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT, REPORTER: On the night of October the first, 2000 the world's eyes turned to Sydney, as the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games burst into life. Around Australia, millions of men, women and children watched enthralled as the fireworks erupted over Olympic Park, and a river of light flowed from Homebush to Sydney Harbour.

(End of Excerpt)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: But on the other side of the continent, in a remote corner of Western Australia, a much deadlier drama was unfolding. As a small group of men sat by a camp fire, a rifle shot rang out - and one of the men slumped forward, fatally wounded.

With the shooting began a chain of events that would lead to the assassination of a former chief of detectives, and an all-out war between the cops and the Gypsy Jokers.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Graeme Slater): Do you condemn the murderer of Don Hancock?

GRAEME SLATER, GYPSY JOKERS SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: No. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: It's a war that the law-enforcement authorities insist they are winning. But it's also a war that their critics say, has led to failures in the administration of justice, and the wrongful conviction of a man for murder.

ROBERT NAPPER, FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS: The blinkers go on and then there is just this one way traffic to secure a conviction against the person they say is responsible for the crime.

AVON LOVELL, AUTHOR: European justice stops at the rabbit proof fence. Australian justice stops at the rabbit proof fence. And you come over here and you're in the Wild West. We have different law out here. We have the hanging law.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Tonight on Four Corners, the cops, the bikies, and The Hanging Law.

(On Screen Text: The Hanging Law, reporter: Quentin McDermott)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Seventy kilometres northwest of the mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, lies the tiny settlement of Ora Banda, dominated by the Ora Banda Historical Inn. Gold prospectors come here to camp and fossick for gold around the outskirts of town.

(Excerpt of footage of pieces of gold)

Inn keeper: Now there's some magnificent pieces.

AVON LOVELL: And that's really quite heavy. This sort of stuff has driven people crazy, and you know, it's just a heavy bit of yellow stuff.

(End of Excerpt)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Author Avon Lovell knows more than most about the value Western Australians place on gold. His ground-breaking book The Mickelberg Stitch detailed the way in which three brothers were falsely accused of swindling the Perth Mint out of 49 gold bars.

The detective who stitched them up for the crime was the one-time owner of this pub - the former Head of the CIB, Don Hancock. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Avon Lovell): In the pantheon of corrupt Australian cops, how corrupt was Don Hancock?

AVON LOVELL: He was the best. He never got caught. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: In retirement, Hancock became a gold prospector.

AVON LOVELL: He had his local gold mine, his own gold mine, just down the road at Grants Patch called the Wentworth, and he owned the pub and the general store behind that, so pretty much he was the mayor of Ora Banda. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: But all that turned sour for Don Hancock when one day, a band of Gypsy Jokers rode into town and set up camp. It was October the first, 2000.

As the bikies drank in his pub and watched the Olympics closing ceremony, tempers frayed. Hancock thought one of the bikies had insulted his daughter Alison, who was working behind the bar. He told them to leave. 

COLIN LOVITT QC, GRAEME SLATER'S BARRISTER: There was Hancock stomping around the hotel furious about it and his wife telling people that she was worried that Don might go and get a gun.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Forty-five minutes later, as the bikies sat around their camp fire, drinking, a shot rang out, narrowly missing them and fizzing into the flames of the fire. Soon afterwards, a second shot rang out, and the bikie Billy Grierson fell forward, fatally hit. 

GRAEME SLATER: The second bullet came through, into his back and come out his chest. I was sitting beside him, I had my arm around him, yeah and it was a pretty sad time.

(Excerpt of footage of Quentin McDermott and Graeme Slater in his home)

GRAEME SLATER: This is where I live, this is where I do all my thinking, and all my business.

(End of Excerpt)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Graeme Slater was one of the bikies who rode into Ora Banda that day. "Slim" Slater, as he is known, is the Gypsy Jokers' Sergeant at Arms.

(Excerpt continued)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Graeme where did you get that poster from?

GRAEME SLATER: The one up there of Bill, that come out the day after Billy was killed.

(End of Excerpt)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Like all club members, he maintains a strict code of silence by refusing to speak to the police or media. Tonight is the first time he has agreed to be interviewed.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Graeme Slater): Did you know that Don Hancock owned the pub?

GRAEME SLATER: Never heard of the man until that night.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Immediately after the shooting, Don Hancock was accosted, angrily, by one of the bikies, Sid "Snot" Reid.

AVON LOVELL: Reid says, "we know you did it, you bastard", and Hancock gives the only reply that would, would have to number as the worst reply in the world, "well youse'll, youse'll have to prove it, wontcha." I mean, a no would have sufficed and he threw it right back as a challenge. 

(Excerpt of footage of Billy Grierson's funeral)

(End of Excerpt)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: As Billy Grierson was buried, notices were posted in a local newspaper, threatening Don Hancock.

(On Screen Graphic: Sid Reid's notice in the newspaper)

Sid Reid's carried the clearest warning - "You were taken from us by a cowardly dog. But remember buddy, every dog has its day."

Hancock was never charged - and the police failure to do so helped fan the flames of the bikies' desire for revenge.

COLIN LOVITT QC: They showed a marked reluctance to find out who did it because I think the answer was staring them in the face. And anybody who is really honest will ah, acknowledge that.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: What is the answer?

COLIN LOVITT QC: Well that ah, it was Don Hancock who, who killed Grierson.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: In the weeks that followed Billy Grierson's death, Hancock's pub and home in Ora Banda were wrecked by bombs. And eleven months to the day after the shooting, the bikies' desire for revenge was finally satisfied.

(Excerpt of footage of blown up car)

On their way home from the races, Don Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis were blown up and killed when their car exploded in front of Hancock's home in Perth.

(End of Excerpt)

TIM ATHERTON, FMR. ASSISTANT COMISSIONER, WA POLICE: It was described at the time as an act of urban terrorism and I think that's probably pretty close to the mark. The killing of a very senior retired officer had a, sent a shockwave through the police service.

(On Screen Graphic: Newspaper headlines following car bombing)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: The car bombing stunned Western Australia, and helped turn the entire state against the bikies, who were seen as the perpetrators of this terrible crime. Eight years on, Graeme Slater, who was later charged with the murders but acquitted, shows little sorrow for what occurred that day. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Graeme Slater): Do you condemn the murderer of Don Hancock?

GRAEME SLATER: No.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Do you condemn the murderer of Lou Lewis?

GRAEME SLATER: Yeah ah, that was sad, but um in a way oh even Hancock killed himself by company, keeping company hey. If I had a bikie club after me there's no way in the world you'd see me with my friends or family, last place you'd find me.

(Excerpt of footage of police raid on Gypsy Jokers' headquarters)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: As a special police taskforce swung into action, phones were tapped, and raids were carried out. Operation Zircon was underway.

(End of Excerpt)

TIM ATHERTON: We were aware that there was a plot running, so there were a lot of things that were immediately initiated following the bombing. A lot of activity targeting members of that gang to search for explosives, and any connection with the bombing.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Three men in particular were in the detectives' sights - Les Hoddy, a founder member of the Gypsy Jokers, Sid Reid, and Graeme Slater. The police believed the three men were involved in the plot to kill Don Hancock.

GRAEME SLATER: Everyone, everyone was a suspect. They had, everyone was under surveillance, the whole club members and associates. Reid was the number one because apparently they saw him back there at the murder scene that night, at a service station close by to the bombing, in Lathlain. So he was the number one suspect and they went for him because they thought he was the weak link and they kept at him, kept at him until they rolled him over.

(Excerpt of footage of Sid Reid entering court)

SID REID (to the media): You f***ing maggot, get a good picture?

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QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Sid Reid was a drug addict, it would prove to be his undoing.

GRAEME SLATER: He was actually thrown out of the club because he was caught by another member using a needle which is, which is taboo in our club. Um, and um, that was instant dismissal that was. I'd go around there and take his colours and dish him up some punishment that was my job, which I did regretfully and um that was the end of him. He was finished. He's um his membership was terminated.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: When was this?

GRAEME SLATER: Two days before he got arrested for the murders.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: So did that provide a motive do you think for him to roll over?

GRAEME SLATER: That's when the police seized their opportunity, while he was gullible and vulnerable.

COLIN LOVITT QC: They became convinced that Slater was the general and that Sid Reid was the lieutenant. And they started buttering up to Sid Reid, and then ultimately there came a time where they arrested him, put pressure on him in various ways, some of which out of their own mouths was quite improper pressure.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Give me an example of that.

COLIN LOVITT QC: Well they told him that ah, his DNA had been found at the crime scene, which was totally fictitious. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Graeme Slater): Sid Reid he broke the bikie code of conduct, he's a dead man walking?

GRAEME SLATER: That's what the media said.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Is it true?

GRAEME SLATER: I hope so, one day and then again I don't care where he is mate he can rot in hell. That's where he belongs. He um, he did break the code of silence, he broke the bikie code, he did everything you know, everything he done was wrong, you know. He got in bed with the coppers and he can lay with them, as simple as that.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Sid Reid was now the detectives' supergrass. He admitted he had planted the bomb that killed Don Hancock, but agreed to testify that Graeme Slater had primed and detonated it. In return, he was told, he could expect parole after 15 to 19 years - far less than the 30 years he might otherwise have got for a crime of this magnitude.

TIM ATHERTON: He could've been serving 20 plus, maybe even more given the gravity of the incident.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: But Sid Reid saw scope to reduce his sentence even further. Out of the blue, he told the detectives from Operation Zircon that he had witnessed another murder. He claimed Gary White, a former friend who was close to the Gypsy Jokers, had shot another man dead. A man called Anthony Tapley.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Stephen Shireffs): Is there anything significant do you think in the timing of alleged revelation that Gary White had murdered Anthony Tapley?

STEPHEN SHIREFFS, GARY WHITE'S BARRISTER: Well (laughs) it was only revealed after he was offered the olive branch by those at Zircon to come forward and co-operate and provide as much, much information as you can which will lead to a reduction in your sentence. One followed the other.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: David Caporn, the officer heading Operation Zircon, asked Tim Atherton, then an Assistant Commissioner, to sign a letter of comfort to the Judge acknowledging Sid Reid's help in solving the mystery of what happened to Anthony Tapley.

TIM ATHERTON: Letters of comfort aren't easily granted. The way the judge deals with it is up to him, but it's certainly a letter suggesting that this person has been extremely co-operative and, and his, his information or evidence, information in this case, has been crucial to the resolution of an investigation and that was the impression that I was given in terms of the briefing that Caporn gave me.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Sid Reid was duly rewarded for his cooperation. In March 2002, he pleaded guilty to the murders of Don Hancock, and Lou Lewis, and was sentenced to life imprisonment - but with a recommended minimum term of just 15 years.

COLIN LOVITT QC: Whilst it's one thing to deal with Sid, the Sid Reids of this world and um you know, shall we say cosy up to them when you want something from them, it's another thing to delude yourself that he's you know, ah Father Christmas.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: But the detectives believed that all their Christmases had come at once. Gary White was arrested and charged the next day with the murder of Anthony Tapley. According to White, Zircon's detectives offered to fly him to Ireland to start a new life if he would tell them everything he knew about Graeme Slater and the Gypsy Jokers. 

GRAEME SLATER: They pursued him in the off chance the hope that he would roll over like Sid Reid and um because they couldn't really rely on one liar to try and get a successful conviction on me, so they needed two and um, he wasn't prepared to do that at all.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: What deal did they offer Gary White?

GRAEME SLATER: Well they said to him in no uncertain words that we um, they wouldn't charge him for the murder, um because they reckoned Anthony Tapley was a nobody.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: White paid the price for his refusal to roll over. When he came to trial for Ant Tapley 's murder, he denied the charge but was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 22 years.

Gary White has a chequered past, which includes convictions for assault and possession of offensive weapons. In Perth he went into the trucking business with the late Les Hoddy - a senior Gypsy Joker. But he denies being a bikie associate.

TERRY BAUSCH, FRIEND: Gary can scrap, Gary can stand up for himself but Gary's not a killer. He's far from it. He, he'd almost flog you to death if he had to, but he wouldn't kill you. There's no way. There's no way. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Graeme Slater): You've never known him to be a violent bloke?

GRAEME SLATER: No, not really no. I've never seen him in a fight no. He's a stand up bloke, he's um staunch and that, but um, no he's not, he's not a killer instinct in him no not at all.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: But the killer instinct is just what Sid Reid accused Gary White of having. 

(Excerpt of footage of Quentin McDermott at the scene of alleged murder of Anthony Tapley)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Behind me is number 12 Jade Street Maddington, where Sid Reid says that on a pitch-black night like this, Gary White murdered Anthony Tapley by chasing him round the yard and shooting him six times.

No one else who was here that night says they saw the shooting, or heard it. When the yard was dug up for clues, and the gates were taken away, the forensic evidence that resulted was at best, highly controversial.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Susie Miller): Tell me what happened that evening?

SUSIE MILLER, FRIEND: Oh Ant came over and um I think we'd been at the hotel, we'd actually had some drugs and we thought we'd go over to Whitey's place and keep on drinking and have a bit of a party, the girls were over there cooking up a roast, and ah so, we just ah decided to go over. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Four Corners has spoken to two of Gary White's friends who say they were there at the time of the alleged shooting - but deny it happened. Gary White's former girlfriend Julie Sparkes chose not to give evidence at his trial. 

JULIE SPARKES, FORMER PARTNER: 'Cause I was three months pregnant at the time and I told the police I wasn't there 'cause I didn't want stress on the baby and I knew he didn't do it. 

(On Screen Text: Reconstruction, Julie Sparkes' account)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: She now says that on the night in question, she and White were having dinner out, when White received a phone call telling him that his friends were at Jade Street, cooking up a roast. Angered by this, he got in the car and went back.

JULIE SPARKES: Gary got out of the car and stormed inside. I followed him, he was really angry cause I'd spent all day cleaning it and it was just disgusting. They had no respect. So he told all the women to leave and they all left.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: According to Julie Sparkes, the men stayed. They included Sid Reid, Ant Tapley and another resident at Jade Street, Dennis Jardin - who had a room overlooking the yard. Julie Sparkes' recollection - which has never been tested in court - is that Tapley left Jade Street that night with Sid Reid.

JULIE SPARKES: I came to take some rubbish out and I seen Sid and Anthony walking out the gate together and there was a blue Ford I think it was, and they both got into the car.

(Excerpt of footage of Quentin McDermott and Dennis Jardin at Jade Street)

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Dennis Jardin): So Dennis, this is number 12 Jade Street where you lived.

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QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Dennis Jardin stayed at Jade Street all night.

(Excerpt continued)

DENNIS JARDIN, FRIEND: Yeah that's right.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Just show me where you lived.

DENNIS JARDIN: See that window, over this side of that frame, that was my room there.

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QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Dennis Jardin): did you at any point during the night hear gunshots?

DENNIS JARDIN: No.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Would you have heard them if they'd gone off in the yard?

DENNIS JARDIN: Of course I would've, most definitely. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Jardin was never called to give evidence at Gary White's trial, where Reid had accused him of being involved with the murder.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Dennis Jardin): You'd locked the gate and you were outside when Gary White approached Anthony Tapley holding a gun, is that true?

DENNIS JARDIN: No, no.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: It simply didn't happen?

DENNIS JARDIN: No.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: He also says that the next morning when he came back to the yard, he saw you raking up the ground where Anthony Tapley's body had fallen.

DENNIS JARDIN: No.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Is that true?

DENNIS JARDIN: No, nup, definitely not because the next morning I'd have been at work. 

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: The prosecution at Gary White's trial said that after the shooting, White took Tapley's body to a farm at Northam - an hour and a half's drive away - and burned it on a bonfire. Farmer Wayne Morgan insists he saw Gary White here with two other men between 7.30 and 8am on August the 20th - the morning after the alleged murder.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT (to Wayne Morgan): How big was the fire?

WAYNE MORGAN, NORTHAM FARMER: Ten by 10 foot in diameter yeah.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: How long had it been burning do you think?

WAYNE MORGAN: Oh probably all night, it had, it had burnt down. They were just, when I turned up, ah Les was throwing the burnt out pales of logs and sticks back into the fire.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Did you smell anything unusual?

WAYNE MORGAN: I didn't smell anything no.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: So you didn't smell burning flesh?

WAYNE MORGAN: No.

QUENTIN MCDERMOTT: Did you see anything that could conceivably have been a body on the fire?

WAYNE MORGAN: No, no I didn't go near it. No I didn't see anything like that at all no.