Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara trial (for murder of Jamie Gao )

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Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murder trial of Jamie Gao hearing to begin for the 2nd time on August 18 2015

 These 2 pathetic (and stupid) coppers go on trial today TRIAL aborted on the 2nd day! for the alleged botched drug theft gone wrong resulting in the murder of Jamie Gao

UPDATES daily on this trial here background posts click here http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2014/05/26/roger-rogerson-and-glen-mcnamara-charged-with-murder-of-jamie-gao/

A pictorial of the infamous ex copper Roger the Dodger is here http://aussiecriminals.com.au/roger-rogerson/


TAKE 2

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murder trial of Jamie Gao hearing to begin on August 18 2015

Paul Bibby
New trial date: former detectives Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson will appear before the NSW Supreme Court on August 18.New trial date: former detectives Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson will appear before the NSW Supreme Court on August 18. Photo: Rocco Fazzari

Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara will face a new trial over the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao on August 18, following the discharge of the jury in their first trial.

Justice Geoff Bellew told the NSW Supreme Court that the new trial date for the pair had been confirmed, lifting a non-publication order made on Tuesday.

Mr Rogerson, 74, and Mr McNamara, 56, are accused of being part of a “joint criminal enterprise” to murder Mr Gao, 20, in a southern Sydney storage unit on May 20 last year.

Twenty-year-old Jamie Gao was killed on May 22, 2014.Twenty-year-old Jamie Gao was killed on May 22, 2014. Photo: Facebook

It is alleged that they stole 2.78 kilograms of the drug ice from him and then dumped his body off the coast of Cronulla. It was found six days later.

Half way through the trial’s second day on Tuesday, Justice Bellew discharged the 15-member jury for legal reasons which cannot be disclosed.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty to murder and drug supply.

Counsel for Mr McNamara, Charles Waterstreet told the jury on Tuesday that Mr Rogerson had been solely responsible for the murder.

He said the 74-year-old had shot Mr Gao twice in the chest and then threatened to kill Mr McNamara and his family if he did not help him to cover up the crime.

No evidence was presented to support these claims before the jury was discharged.

Counsel for Mr Rogerson, George Thomas, did not have the opportunity to address the jury before members were discharged.

On Tuesday Justice Bellew said the NSW sheriff had confirmed that a court was available on August 18 to begin a new trial, and he formally set down that date.


TWO former detectives charged with murdering a Sydney student will go on trial before a jury today. Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson face charges of murdering 20-year-old UTS student Jamie Gao in May last year. They are also accused of drug supply. Their trial at the NSW Supreme Court at Darlinghurst is expected to get underway later this morning. Police have alleged the pair lured Gao to a storage unit in Sydney’s southwest, with Mr Gao attending the meeting carrying almost three kilograms of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine.

Roger Rogerson.

Roger Rogerson. Source: DailyTelegraph

Former detective Glen McNamara being escorted to prison after his arrest.

Former detective Glen McNamara being escorted to prison after his arrest. Source: News Corp Australia

Police have alleged the trio were spotted on CCTV entering the storage unit. Ten minutes later, cameras allegedly captured McNamara and Rogerson leaving, dragging a surfboard bag. Mr Gao’s bound body was found floating in waters off Sydney six days later. Both McNamara and Rogerson deny the charges and entered not guilty pleas at a previous hearing. In January they waived their right to a committal hearing in order to get to trial as soon as possible.

MPs’ expenses and entitlements: a GOUGE I mean guide


Ministers

Salary

Prime Minister: $507.338

Deputy prime minister: $400,016

Treasurer: $365,868.75

Cabinet minister: $336,599.25

Minister: $307,329

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Charter flight when commercial fare is more expensive, not available or not feasible
  • Prime Minister has access to Air Force VIP aircraft
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Ministers are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position)

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime Minister Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Speaker of the House and President of the Senate

Salary

$341,477

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations
  • Charter flights for official business

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra. Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Shadow ministers

Salary

Opposition Leader: $360,990

Deputy opposition leader: $307,329

Shadow minister: $243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel for the opposition leader
  • Charter flights for office holders’ official business
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations is covered by the government
  • Leader, deputy leader and Senate leader are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for leaders’ partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Labor leader Bill ShortenLabor leader Bill Shorten Photo: Justin McManus

Parliamentary secretaries

Salary

$243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Overseas travel with official visits (approved by prime minister) and parliamentary delegations
  • Entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft, at the discretion of their minister, if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Backbenchers

Salary

$195,130

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Charter flights for electorate business for senators and members with electorates larger than 10,000 square kilometres

Travel allowances for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $395 in Sydney, $395 in Melbourne and $409 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children to join minister on interstate trips.

Sharman Stone says the Coalition needs to get more women into Parliament.Backbenchers during question time in Parliament. Photo: Andrew Meares

All members and senators

Superannuation

For politicians who entered parliament before the 2004 election:

  • 11.5 per cent of their salary for up to 18 years and 5.75 per cent after that. They also receive a lump sum payments or pension when they retire, based on years of service.
  • For politicians who entered parliament after the 2004 election:
  • Government pays 15.4 per cent of their salary into a super fund elected by the MP.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

Disgraced Lord Buttifant Sewel, deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Lords, quits in ‘drugs and prostitutes’ scandal


Just had to cover this. What chance Aussie pollies are up to this. Call girls, grab your phones and start filming, lets CULL these pigs.

Kick out the cocaine peer: Calls for disgraced Lord Sewel to be expelled from Parliament as he is reported to police over video of him snorting drugs and telling call girls ‘I want to be led astray’

  • Lord Sewel, 69, filmed snorting cocaine with prostitutes at his London flat
  • Video shows him snorting a white substance with rolled-up £5 bank note 
  • Married peer responsible for ‘overseeing standards’ in the House of Lords
  • He has now quit deputy speaker role as police investigate sordid footage

A peer filmed snorting cocaine with prostitutes was facing calls last night to stand down from the House of Lords.

Lord Sewel, 69, was reported to the police and quit as deputy speaker of the Lords after the video emerged.

Until yesterday he chaired a committee on the conduct of peers and has said: ‘The actions of a few damage our reputation. Scandals make good headlines.’

This is the moment Baron John Sewel, 69, was caught on camera snorting a white substance off a table with a rolled-up £5 note during an apparent drug-fuelled sex session with two prostitutes at his central London flat

Drug lord: Sewel is secretly filmed snorting a line of cocaine at his Westminster flat with £200-a-night call girls

The footage was obtained by The Sun on Sunday which claims Sewel stripped naked for a drug-fuelled sex romp at his flat during which he referred to Asian women as 'whores' and turned a picture of his wife face-down

Depraved: His wedding ring visible on his left hand, Sewel uses a rolled £5 note to snort up the white powder

Footage allegedly shows Baron John Sewel taking cocaine

 Outraged watchdogs and politicians say the married father of four should be booted out of Parliament. New laws brought in on July 16 now allow peers to expel colleagues for misconduct.

Obtained by a Sunday newspaper, the video shows John Buttifant Sewel – a minister under Tony Blair – romping with two women at his rent-protected flat near Parliament.

He snorted cocaine from one of the prostitutes’ breasts after turning a photo of his wife face down on a desk. The women were paid £200 each.

Scotland Yard is under pressure to investigate the video, arrest the shamed peer and search his apartment. Cocaine possession attracts a maximum sentence of seven years.

Yesterday morning Sewel resigned as chairman of the privileges and conduct committee and as deputy speaker. The roles gave him a salary of £84,500 and a tax-free annual housing allowance of £36,000.


He was also a British delegate to Nato’s parliamentary assembly – a situation that now raises security fears. And in the 800-strong House of Lords, he has been involved in passing legislation on sexual offences acts, brothel-keeping and prostitution.

Alistair Graham, former head of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said Sewel’s behaviour was staggering and he could have no ‘credibility with the public as a legislator’.

‘You can argue that there are too many peers in the House of Lords already, so standing down would be in the public interest in two ways,’ he said.

‘He should consider stepping down because the public have got to have trust in the people who are legislating on their behalf. How can they have trust in someone who is alleged to have broken the law?

Baron Sewel, who has two children and two more step-children, was made a minister by Mr Blair in 1997

Baron Sewel, who has two children and two more step-children, was made a minister by Mr Blair in 1997

During the footage, Sewell also snorted a white substance off the breasts of the call girls, after discussing on camera that the trio could take 'coke' (pictured). He also told the prostitutes: 'I just want to be led astray'
He asked the girls if they wanted to try the 'big one' and then described it as 'Coca-Cola — forget the Cola'

Baron Sewel will step down from his roles as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees at the House of Lords following the publication of the 45-minute video, in which he even calls his own behaviour 'disgusting'

‘It is difficult to have trust in somebody who has had such a conflict between his role as the chairman of the conduct committee and his personal behaviour.

‘As an ordinary member of the House of Lords, he will be entitled to a basic subsistence allowance of £300 a day. The public will be appalled that given his personal behaviour as deputy speaker, he should continue to receive public funds.’

Kevin Barron, a Labour MP and chairman of the Commons committee on standards, said: ‘I welcome his decision to resign from his committee. Under the circumstances, he’s hardly in a position to sit in judgment on people.’

Asked whether he should consider resigning his Lords seat, Mr Barron replied: ‘It does look bad. It’s a matter for the individual but I think maybe he should consider that.’

Former anti-sleaze MP Martin Bell said: ‘His position in the House of Lords is untenable.’

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said: ‘He should immediately retire and never be seen in the Lords again. Public respect for Parliament couldn’t be any lower as it is.

LORD SEWEL: HOW HIS OWN FINE WORDS CAME BACK TO HAUNT HIM

‘The actions of a few damage our reputation. Scandals make good headlines’

July 16: Sewel announcing new powers to expel Lords if they are caught misbehaving

‘Happy days are here again’

July 22: Sewel as he welcomes the call girls into his London flat

‘They sort of look innocent but, you know, they’re whores’

On Asian women

‘I just want to be led astray’

To one of the call girls

‘Members of her Lordship’s House who are right thieves, rogues and b******* at times. Wonderful people that they are’

On his fellow peers

‘They do f*** all work in the Lords’

More on his fellow peers

‘It’s only £600 a week… you live on £50 a day’

Moaning about the Lords attendance allowance

‘What about trying the big one… it comes in a can… it’s Coca-Cola – forget the cola’

Sewel offers the call girls cocaine

‘If he doesn’t resign, his own committee will have no choice but to suspend him. He’ll end up in front of his own committee, which is absurd.

‘He has been a real barrier to transparency. His committee refuses to act on virtually anything, and notoriously so.’

The Lords code maintains that members must ‘always act on their personal honour’. Sewel was elected chairman of committees in 2012, and he also served as chairman of the conduct committee. In that job he drew up a code of conduct that insists on ‘selflessness, integrity, accountability, openness, honest and leadership’.

Baroness D’Souza, the Lords Speaker, branded his behaviour ‘shocking and unacceptable’ and said she would be calling in Scotland Yard.

Police sources indicated they would assess the evidence but pointed out that drug-taking allegations were notoriously difficult to prove when there is only video evidence.

The peer was caught on the film, which was given to the Sun on Sunday, snorting lines of white powder – believed to be cocaine. He is also heard complaining that he struggles to afford the £1,000 a month rent on his flat.

He is asked whether he receives expenses, and suggests that he gets a flat-rate allowance of £200 a day. In fact, the allowance for Lords is £300 a day, and did not apply to Sewel as he was a salaried member. He may have been talking about the tax-free officeholder’s allowance, which is worth £36,000 a year. He was entitled to this payment, which covers housing costs, because he had declared his main residence to be in Aberdeenshire.

Backbench peers are allowed to charge £300 a day in attendance allowance – letting them to charge the taxpayer up to £43,000 a year.

Sewel was made a life peer by Mr Blair and helped push through an important convention relating to Scottish devolution. He is now non affiliated.

Before the new legislation of July 16, lords could only expel colleagues sentenced to more than a year in jail – or impose a suspension for the remainder of the parliamentary term.

But the new powers means suspensions can be imposed for any period and, for the first time, the upper house can boot out peers at will.

I just want to be led astray, Labour Lord begged his £200-a-night prostitutes

Hunched over a table with a rolled banknote stuffed up his nose, these pictures show Lord Sewel snorting a line of cocaine during an orgy with a pair of £200-a-night call girls.

The photos – from film secretly taken by the prostitutes at his flat near Parliament – lay bare the peer’s depravity.

The sequence begins with Sewel removing a blue packet of white powder from inside a drinks bottle.

The substance – believed to be the Class A drug cocaine – is then cut into neat lines on a table littered with wine glasses and cigarettes.

Caught on camera: Hunched over a table with a rolled banknote stuffed up his nose, these pictures show Lord Sewel snorting a line of cocaine during an orgy with a pair of £200-a-night call girls at his Westminster flat

Drugs: Lord Sewel, 69, removes a packet of white powder believed to be cocaine from a drinks bottle

Dissolute: He unwraps the blue packet, telling the call girls that it is ‘not lunch’, before revealing the substance

Wearing his wedding ring and spectacles, the 69-year-old peer then bends forward and inhales deeply. ‘There we are,’ he says, leaning back and laying his £5 note back on the table.

The married father of four, is also seen downing champagne and vodka before snorting another line from one of the women’s breasts. Both call girls are 45 years his junior.

The two prostitutes handed their 45-minute footage to the Sun on Sunday and it is now at the centre of a police investigation.

A further extraordinary picture was published by the newspaper today, showing Sewel wearing the orange bra and leather jacket of one of the prostitutes.

His sex party kicked off at 10pm last Wednesday when, wearing just a towel, he answered the door of his studio flat in Pimlico, to the two women.

‘Bloody hell I’d given up. S***. Bloody hell you’re late,’ he says, before smacking one of them on the bottom and declaring: ‘Happy days are here again.’

Inside the sparsely furnished studio apartment at the notorious Dolphin Square complex, the trio can been seen sitting round a table smoking and drinking.

In the background is an old-fashioned television, DVD player and a modest, single day bed.

When one of the women asks him ‘How bad do you want to be tonight then?’ Sewel replies: ‘I just want to be led astray’ before turning a framed photo of his wife, Jennifer, 54, face down on a table.

He allegedly snorts three lines of cocaine even though he claims to be ‘taking it easy’ because of a blood test the next day.

The video was filmed in Nelson House in Dolphin Square, which lies in the shadow of Westminster

The photos – from film secretly taken by the prostitutes at his flat near Parliament (pictured) – lay bare the peer’s depravity
 Sex party: The video was filmed in Nelson House in Dolphin Square, which lies in the shadow of Westminster

Sewel begins the night by saying: ‘What shows up in blood tests? I can’t do substances because it can kill me.’ One of the girls says: ‘You were really naughty the other night. You really, really were.’ He responds: ‘I know.’

As the three chat in his studio, Sewel can be heard asking: ‘What about trying the big one?’ One of the girls replies: ‘What’s the big one?’

Sewel, who at this point is wearing an open-collar shirt and beige trousers, says: ‘Um, it comes in a can and it’s got, has it got Pepsi?

‘No, it’s not Pepsi, it’s another word rather than Pepsi cola. It’s Coca-Cola – forget the Cola.’ This is an obvious reference to the slang term for cocaine, ‘coke’. ‘So you want to get some coke?,’ one of the women asks. ‘Well, I mean, if people would enjoy a little,’ he replies, gesturing and wandering around the room.

He can then be seen sitting down at the table and pulling out a small blue package containing white powder from the top of a soft drinks bottle. A cigarette in hand, he unwraps the package while moaning about receiving only a £200-a-day allowance for attending the House of Lords.

One of the call girls then cuts the powder into neat lines and he says: ‘I’ll only have the smallest’ before launching into a rant about how he usually takes his drugs with a £10 banknote.

‘Have you ever noticed before, when this has occurred previously, I have provided usually a ten pound note?’ he asks. ‘It’s rolled up and so in the morning at least I’ve got enough to buy me some breakfast. The rolled-up note disappears, it goes.’

When one of the women asks if he is accusing them of theft, Sewel replies: ‘Yes.’

One of the prostitutes then calls his line ‘ridiculously big’ but Sewel replies ‘I’ll do that.’ He can then be seen, hunched over a dining table with a rolled-up £5 note in his left hand – his wedding ring on display – sniffing the white powder up his left nostril.

Sewel, who is Chairman of the Privileges and Conduct committee, announced the House of Lords' (file photo) new powers to expel Lords if they breached the code of conduct. He may now be expelled under his own rules

‘There we are’ he says afterwards, leaning back in his chair. In a shocking racist outburst, Sewel, who has two children and two stepchildren, then starts moaning that he does not have any ‘nice little young Asian’ women at the party. ‘They sort of look innocent but you know they’re whores,’ he says before laughing and adding: ‘That’s a really nice combination isn’t it?’

‘Oh, we could do with some nice little young Asian lady tonight I would’ve thought. But never mind.’

One of the women asks the peer: ‘What is your deal with the Asian ladies? What do you like about them?’ He replies: ‘Well, I don’t know. As I go around London on the Tube from time to time, I think that they’re slim. Many of them are quite attractive I thought. Not that I’ve ever sort of dabbled.’

He then appears to snort another line off the table before stripping off and parading around the small flat. Minutes later, he is seen lying naked on the bed and calls one of the women over. He then pulls down her top and snorts another line off her breast before stroking and pawing at both women. The video shows Sewel sitting back with the rolled-up banknote still up his nostril.

He pays one of the women £200 in cash. Still pictures from the footage show him sitting topless at the table writing out a £200 cheque to the other woman.

EX-BLAIR CRONY WHO MARRIED THREE TIMES: THE LIFE OF LORD SEWEL

Baron Sewel insisted on turning a framed photo of his wife face-down during his sex games with two call girls, it is alleged.

The thrice-married peer, 69, also kept his wedding ring on while snorting drugs during sex sessions at the London flat he jointly leases with his third wife, Jennifer, aged 54.

The couple, who live in Aberdeen, married in 2005. A former civil servant, Lady Sewel is now a director at Aberdeen University.

Her bespectacled husband has seemingly enjoyed a colourful love life.

Lady Jennifer

Baron John Sewel, who has been married three times, apparently insisted on turning a framed photograph of his third wife Lady Jennifer face-down before engaging in the alleged drug-fuelled sex romp

He married his first wife, Rosemary Langeland, now 69, in Malvern, Worcestershire, in 1968, and the couple went on to have two children, Thomas, 38, and Kate, 36. In 1988, Sewel married second wife Leonora Harding, 70, a clinical psychologist, in Aberdeen.

He lives with his third wife at a £1.2million home in the town of Banchory, 18 miles west of Aberdeen.

His wife’s two children from a previous marriage appear to have taken Sewel’s name. A woman who answered the door at the Banchory house yesterday said the couple were in London.

Until yesterday’s revelations, Lord Sewel was a respected academic and politician instrumental in helping Tony Blair push through Scottish devolution. In 1997 the then prime minister made him a Labour minister for Scotland to help draft plans for the new Scottish Parliament.

This is how he gave his name to so-called Sewel Motions, which dictate that the national Parliament cannot pass laws affecting Scotland without the Scottish government’s agreement.

After guiding the Scotland Act through he failed to win a seat in the Scottish parliament. He was dropped from government and left to languish in the House of Lords.

In an interview he once joked that even his mother wanted him to get a ‘proper job’. ‘I’ve been an academic and a politician all my life. But even when I became a lord my mum used to say, “Why can’t you get a proper job?” ’

Family home: Sewel lives with his third wife at this £1.2million house in Banchory, 18 miles west of Aberdeen

In 2012 he was made chairman of committees, responsible for overseeing standards of behaviour among peers.

He recently announced new powers to expel peers if they misbehave. Ironically, these same rules could now be used to banish him. Writing about these changes on the Huffington Post website this month, he said; ‘The actions of a few damage our reputation. Scandals make good headlines.

‘All members now sign a declaration to obey the code and the seven principles of public life. The requirement that members must always act on their personal honour has been reinforced.

‘No system of regulation can be perfect, but the House of Lords has come a long way since 2010 in improving its regulation of its members and punishing the small number who misbehave. 

Today’s new sanctions strengthen the regime further.’ The peer was born John Buttifant Sewel in Hackney, East London, in 1946. His parents, Leonard and Hilda, were social workers.

He studied politics and sociology at Durham University and carried out research at Swansea University before joining Aberdeen University as a professor.

He became involved with the local Labour Party and was on Aberdeen District Council for ten years from 1974, three as Labour leader.

He went on to become vice principal and dean of the faculty of social sciences and law at Aberdeen University and was made a Labour peer in 1995.

Mahmoud Hrouk sexual assault and murder: Sydney man Aymen Terkmani charged


NICK RALSTON

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man over the murder and sexual assault of Sydney teenager Mahmoud Hrouk.

The man accused of raping and murdering Sydney teenager Mahmoud Hrouk has been formally refused bail.

Aymen Terkmani, 22, of Fairfield East, was arrested on Thursday and charged with murder and aggravated sexual assault. 

He did not appear in person before Fairfield Local Court on Friday. His lawyer did not request bail.

Supporters of Aymen Terkmani, accused of murdering Mahmoud Hrouk, leave Fairfield Local Court.Supporters of Aymen Terkmani, accused of murdering Mahmoud Hrouk, leave Fairfield Local Court.

Associates of the accused reacted angrily to journalists’ questions outside court, with one man throwing away a reporter’s microphone.

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The body of Mahmoud, a 16-year-old former Granville High School student, was found beaten and unrecognisable in a derelict house on Belmore Street in Fairfield East on May 17.

The Fairfield house where the body of Mahmoud Hrouk was found.The Fairfield house where the body of Mahmoud Hrouk was found.

It is understood Mahmoud met Terkmani, whom he considered a friend, at Villawood McDonald’s on May 16. The pair arrived at 6.30pm and stayed for about an hour. 

A 22-year-old man has been charged over Mahmoud Hrouk's sexual assault and murder.

A 22-year-old man has been charged over Mahmoud Hrouk’s sexual assault and murder. Photo: Facebook

Mahmoud called his mother about 9.40pm but the call cut out.

The bike he had ridden to the McDonald’s was seen on Mitchell Street that night and found on Melaleuca Street the next day.

Mahmoud’s mother, Maha Dunia, has described her son as “a beautiful boy” and her best friend.

Police said he was hardworking and had no criminal history. Their investigations are ongoing.

Terkmani will appear in Campbelltown Local Court via video link next week.


Police have revealed Mahmoud Hrouk, 16 was sexually assaulted before he was beaten to death.

His bloodied body was found by his family in an abandoned house after a trip to McDonald’s. In a disturbing twist, police now say 16-year-old Mahmoud Hrouk was also sexually violated.

Panicked relatives stumbled across his body in Fairfield East in Sydney’s west, two months ago. He had been bashed to death.

Detectives hunting his killer have now revealed Mahmoud was sexually assaulted either before or at the time of his death, Fairfax reports.

The level of brutality Mahmoud endured has shocked police.

Mahmoud Hrouk, 16 was reported missing on Saturday May 16, 2014. He was last seen alive a

Mahmoud Hrouk, 16 was reported missing on Saturday May 16, 2014. He was last seen alive at a Villawood McDonalds. Source: Facebook

Maha Dunia with a photo of her murdered son Mahmoud Hrouk.

Maha Dunia with a photo of her murdered son Mahmoud Hrouk. Source: News Corp Australia

The derelict house in Villawood where Mahmoud Hrouk was murdered.

The derelict house in Villawood where Mahmoud Hrouk was murdered. Source: News Corp Australia

“In my experience, I’ve never seen anything like it … it’s gut-wrenching. What happened to this boy is terrible; it shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Detective Sergeant Olivares told Fairfax, describing the boy as a “model child”.

“This is separate from organised crime; it’s a more individual, more opportunistic crime. We certainly don’t think it was planned.”

Police are struggling to find a motive for such a violent murder.

He was found covered in wounds and suffered internal injuries also. Until now, it was thought that was the only horror he endured, but after the sexual assault revelations, the full extent of Mahmoud’s suffering has become clear.

Whoever killed Mahmoud Hrouk could possibly have taken his bloodied clothing, including running shoes and long dark pants, police say.

Mahmoud’s mother Maha Dunia last spoke to her son at 9.40pm on Saturday, May 16, when he asked her to pick him up from a friend’s place on Mitchell St but the call cut out halfway through the conversation.

He was last seen eating a burger at Villawood McDonald’s about 6.30pm.

Photo

The family of Mahmoud Hrouk need to know why their son was brutally killed. Source: Facebook

The next morning, after searching the streets of Villawood and Fairfield East, the family were told to check a vacant house on Belmore St, where local teens had been seen gathering in ­recent months.

It was inside they made the traumatic discovery.

“I need to know: why would you bash a 16-year-old? Are you Muslim, Jewish, Christian? You cannot do this in any religion. You cannot kill,” Ms Dunia told the Daily Telegraph.

“God takes the soul from us, not you.”

Holding a photo of her son, Ms Dunia said: “I need to know why. I know it’s not going to bring my son back but I need to know why. I need to know what did he do to deserve this.

“No mother in the world deserves this pain. To lose a son, that’s it. You feel like the whole world doesn’t mean anything to you. You feel like something from your heart is taken out.”

Madafferi’s son facing theft and weapons charges


Giovanni "Johnny" Madafferi.Giovanni “Johnny” Madafferi. Photo: MySpace

The son of prominent Mafia figure and convicted drug trafficker Francesco Madafferi has been charged with serious weapons and theft offences.

Giovanni “Johnny” Madafferi, 24, was arrested on June 4, after police officers conducted a random breath test in Broadmeadows and discovered he was driving a stolen hire car.

A search of the black Toyota Corolla uncovered a gun and knife.

Johnny Madafferi.
Johnny Madafferi.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed Mr Madafferi has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possessing a firearm and a prohibited weapon (knife), and receiving stolen goods. He will appear before the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on August 12.

Mr Madafferi is one of  the four children of Francesco “Frank” Madafferi, 54, who was granted an Australian visa by former Liberal immigration minister Amanda Vanstone in 2005 after intense lobbying and political donations, revealed by a recent Fairfax Media/Four Corners investigation.

The reversal of a previous order to deport Madafferi to Italy – where he has convictions for extortion, drugs and weapons offences – is believed to have been made because it would have unfairly affected his wife and children.

But within two years of the reprieve, Madafferi was charged over his role in the importation of 15 million ecstasy tablets, and received a 10-year prison sentence.

Johnny Madafferi’s arrest  by the Hume Crime Investigation Unit follows a Fairfax Media report that revealed police are discovering guns in cars every two days in Melbourne’s north-west.

The region, which includes Broadmeadows, Sunshine and Werribee, also recorded a firearms offence such as a drive-by shooting every six days, amid concerns of a growing “gangster culture” among young men in the area.

Crime Statistics Agency figures released last month revealed an almost threefold increase in firearms offences in the north-west region during the past five years, from 581 in the year to March 2011, to 1332 in the 12 months to April 2015.

Victorian Police Minister Wade Noonan has announced a tightening of gun-trafficking legislation and a widening of police powers in response to the rise in weapons seizures and shootings. 

The mafia, metadata and me: the day Stan called me into an ecstasy sting


The mafia, metadata and me: the day Stan called me into an ecstasy sting

Nick McKenzie

Mafia in Australia – Drugs, Murder and Politics

The mafia continues to flourish in Australia despite major police operations, as this joint Four Corners/Fairfax Media investigation reveals.

When the phone vibrated in my pocket in September 2007, I had no idea the incoming call would plunge me into the middle of Australia’s biggest Mafia investigation in decades.

I was also unaware that the caller, who identified himself as “Stan”, was, in fact, a driven and entrepreneurial drug trafficker from Griffith, NSW, called Pat Barbaro.

Federal Police and Customs agents with some of the Ecstasy and Cocaine after the drug bust.Federal Police and Customs agents with some of the Ecstasy and Cocaine after the drug bust. Photo: John Woudstra

Barbaro had organised the world’s biggest ecstasy shipment into Melbourne in June 2007. But by the time he rang me, three months later, he was unable to locate the shipping container packed with his $500 million load.

Calling me, and then sending a series of texts from several mobile phones registered in fake names, was part of a desperate plan by Barbaro to either locate his shipment or confirm his suspicions that the police had seized his drugs.

He was hoping I would reach out to police or waterfront sources to do this, and then report my findings. To say his plan failed spectacularly would be an understatement.

Unbeknownst to either me or “Stan,” police were intercepting the text messages, which included detailed descriptions of the size and likely location of the drug shipment. These text messages, and analysis of the corresponding metadata, were used to prove Barbaro had organised the drug shipment.

But that was not the only implication. Over the past six months, federal police have used the scenario as a case study to convince the Federal Government of the need to pass laws ensuring telcos store the metadata generated when a person uses a phone or computer.

As the hulking Barbaro walked around Melbourne’s CBD, meeting bikies, South Asian money launderers and other Mafia bosses, he carried up to a dozen phones. One was his personal mobile, with a subscription under his own name.

The other phones were “burners”, which were registered in false names and regularly replaced with new phones. The problem for Barbaro is that these burners were hitting the same mobile phone towers as his regular phone.

Barbaro’s personal phone and the burners were pinging off the same towers so often that police were able to prove the burners belonged to Barbaro.

According to the Director of Public Prosecution’s Andrea Pavleka, the texts sent from the “Stan” burners “showed that Barbaro had critical knowledge of the contents of that container”.

“That was a terrific link for the prosecution to have in this particular matter.”

Back in 2007, I knew none of this.

In fact, had I known my communications were being intercepted, I would have been furious.

Many of my sources are banned by their employer from speaking to me, or any other reporter, so the prospect of any innocent whistleblower being outed would have concerned me greatly.

I only learned this many months later of the interception. From all the checks I have since conducted – and there have been many – no source of mine was compromised and the AFP agents involved acted professionally and with regard to the sensitivities of my trade.

That said, ever since 2007, I have implemented a range of measures to protect sources’ communications — steps not unlike those suggested by Malcolm Turnbull during the recent debate about metadata.

Ever since the phone buzzed that day in my pocket, and “Stan” briefly entered my life, I’ve been especially conscious about how a person’s communications leave a trail, no matter how careful they are. It is a lesson the now jailed Barbaro has, no doubt, also learned well.

Watch part two of a joint Fairfax and ABC Four Corners mafia investigation on ABC1 8.30 PM Monday.

Terror diverts focus from Mafia ‘board of directors’


Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard

Inside a mafia ecstasy sting

The Calabrian mafia was responsible for the world’s biggest ecstasy importation in 2007. As Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal, it didn’t go to plan…

Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor and Australian police are warning that the massive diversion of law-enforcement resources to combat terrorism is eroding the fight against the Mafia and other serious organised crime groups.

Australian authorities have failed for decades to dismantle the “board of directors” of Calabrian Mafia godfathers across Australia, allowing them to entrench their drug trafficking operations, build alliances with outlaw bikie gangs and infiltrate government and police agencies.

The Mafia's reach in VictoriaThe Mafia’s reach in Victoria.

A 2013 multi-agency police report warns “Ndrangheta Transnational Australian Groups” are posing an extreme risk to Australia.

Italian anti-Mafia magistrate Dr Nicola Gratteri has also warned that the Australian government has risked allowing these organised crime groups to prosper.

“When social alarm is provoked over terrorism, governments are forced to invest in terrorism and not in Mafia … the Mafia celebrates because they know there are fewer resources,” Dr Gratteri said.

The Mafia's reach in NSW.
The Mafia’s reach in NSW.

Senior police across Australia have confidentially backed these comments, saying that while terrorism was a clear priority, the focus on suspected jihadists had meant the shifting of important resources away from the fight against organised crime.

Three weeks ago, Dr Gratteri oversaw an international anti-Mafia operation, codenamed Santa Fe, which attacked the operations of the powerful Alvaro Mafia clan, seizing tonnes of cocaine and making dozens of arrests.

Confidential Italian and Australian police files state that the Alvaro clan has powerful cells operating in Australia, allegedly headed by Adelaide construction figure, Paul Alvaro, 64, and a NSW man. Mr Alvaro did not answer specific questions, but he denies any links to organised crime

The pair is aligned to a handful of figures in capital cities across the nation and in Griffith, NSW, who – according to a police assessment – operate as “an executive Board of Directors” for the Calabrian Mafia, or “Ndrangheta”.

The board “comes together on an ad hoc basis particularly in times of crisis or when the low profile of [the Calabrian Mafia], so carefully cultivated and jealously protected, is threatened,” police reports say.

NSW Police intelligence lists “the main” Calabrian Mafia clans as “the Sergi family, Trimboli family, Romeo family” who are all “based predominantly in the Griffith area.” Only a very small number of members of these families are engaged in crime and there are many Italian families who share these common surnames but who are not connected to the Calabrian Mafia.

“The criminal activities engaged in by this network have been engaged in for decades with a high level of success. Members of the network have occasionally been apprehended and imprisoned, but on the whole, internal wrangling appears to have exacted a higher toll, as family members are murdered not infrequently,” says one NSW police assessment.

In Victoria, court files allege that wealthy Melbourne businessman, Giuseppe “Bebbe” Manariti, was linked to the world’s biggest ecstasy importation in Melbourne in 2007.

Commonwealth prosecutors have alleged that Mr Manariti was briefed by the Mafia importers, stating that he was “interested in unfolding events” linked to the massive shipment.

Mr Manariti, who has never faced criminal charges, is a close associate of alleged Melbourne Mafia boss Tony Madafferi and the pair, along with deceased Mafia leader Rosario Gangemi, are considered by police to have previously formed a “trinity” that directed the Calabrian Mafia’s Melbourne operations.

Both Mr Manariti and Mr Madafferi were previously identified in a top secret 1995 anti-Mafia operation as members of the group also known as the Honoured Society.

Mr Madafferi could not be reached for comment but has previously denied any involvement in organised crime. Mr Manariti could not be reached for comment.

The police files also reveal that the Calabrian Mafia has built close ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs), including the Rebels and Bandidos.

“This is particularly evident with identified connections to the Sydney and North Coast Bandidos OMCG and the Canberra and Batemans Bay Rebels OMCG. There is also intelligence of links to the Finks OMCG through associates.”

Dr Gratteri’s warning about the diversion of resources away from the organised crime fight echoes a classified National Crime Authority report in 2003.

“It is suggested that they [Australia’s Mafia cells] will neither decline nor cease their activities in the foreseeable future due to their long entrenched history in criminality in Australia, the steady market demand for cannabis and other illicit drugs and the diversion of law enforcement efforts to other areas.”

Watch part two of a joint Fairfax and ABC Four Corners mafia investigation on ABC1 8.30 PM Monday.

Judge bribes, military arms sought: the Mafia’s alleged Australian operations


Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard

An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to  judges to get lighter jail sentences, and the Mafia have approached defence force personnel to supply them with military grade weapons, top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.

The reports also reveal the price of some food – including the price of certain types of seafood in Sydney – may be more expensive due to Mafia control of the supply chain across Australia.

Fairfax Media can also reveal that Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast has become a key gambling site for Mafia figures banned over money laundering concerns from Crown Casino in Melbourne and Star City in Sydney.

Two top crime figures, including a Mafia godfather, banned from the Sydney and Melbourne casinos recently gambled large amounts at Jupiter’s, effectively rendering anti-money laundering efforts useless.

A search this month of the business holdings of all the key Mafia bosses in NSW, Victoria and South Australia also reveals their continuing control over multimillion-dollar wholesale, construction and farming businesses, including a major winery and several large fruit orchards.

A joint Fairfax Media and ABC Four Corners probe has obtained a series of confidential Australian police reports written and circulated to state agencies between 2003 and 2014.

The reports provide startling revelations about the depth of Calabrian Mafia’s infiltration into Australian life and the ambitions of the criminal group.

They reveal the group known as ‘Ndrangheta, or the Honoured Society, continues to control both legitimate and illegitimate businesses, with money earned both from the drug trade and from stand-over and extortion within pockets of Australia’s fresh food trade, trucking and construction industries.

A 2013 file, circulated among agencies, warns that the Mafia poses as “extreme” organised crime risk to the nation.

It echoes similar warnings made in a 2003 Australian Crime Commission assessment that revealed the Mafia had “infiltrated members into, or recruited people from, public organisations, government and law enforcement agencies with the lure of money”.

“[Mafia] family associates are employed in many areas of government enterprise, as well as in the telecommunications industry; bookmaking/racing; car dealerships/car repairs and hydroponic shops,” the 2003 report states.

In Victoria, Mick Gatto is named as a crime figure who works closely with the Calabrian Mafia while running his own crime syndicate.  

“Mick Gatto has shown a high awareness of law enforcement methodology and has taken a proactive approach in accessing corrupt law enforcement personnel and information to protect his ventures,” one report says.

In NSW, another Italian crime boss “is involved in a number of legitimate businesses … including car dealerships and night clubs, and is associated with at least one ex-AFP member and one corrective services person”.

NSW police intelligence also describes how detectives had discovered how “Italian Organised Crime members have actively approached members of the Australian Defence Forces for the purpose of acquiring firearms and ammunition”.

The NSW police also gathered information in 2003 that Mafia figures in Griffith, NSW – the group’s traditional stronghold – had been “receiving information from a person connected to the police in Griffith and the court”.

“It is alleged that a Sydney based IOC [Italian Organised Crime] member received light sentences in the past because he paid off [Sydney] judges, costing approximately $2.2 million.

“The protection provided to IOC members by other members comes in many forms, ranging from the simple criminal code of silence or perjury, to more sinister acts involving corrupt influence [and] abusing a position of responsibility.

“IOC groups in NSW have infiltrated members into, or recruited people from, public organisations, government and law enforcement agencies with the lure of money.”

Fairfax Media has recently spoken to senior law enforcement sources who identified a judge allegedly involved, saying he has since left the bench.

The NSW police have also discovered “information [that] suggests a monopoly exists … at the Sydney Fish Markets where private arrangements need to be made for their purchase”. The report says these arrangements allegedly involve cartel behaviour, including price fixing and threats of violence.

Police have warned that Mafia identities maintain control over the food supply chain via their ownership of farms, wholesale businesses and transport and freight firms.

Reception centres owned by Mafia bosses in Adelaide and Melbourne have been hired by unwitting police and politicians to hold functions.

An intelligence brief circulated to police across Australia in 2011 states: “The Calabrian Mafia … readily uses fruit trucks to transport cannabis to the Melbourne Fruit and Vegetable Market [from Griffith, NSW and other regional sites] to be further distributed. The trucks usually have the cannabis hidden among containers of fruit and vegetables.”

In 2003, NSW police confidentially warned that: “Investigations developed intelligence of IOC figures involved in both the Sydney fruit markets at Flemington and fish markets, as well as the Belconnen markets in Canberra”.

“[Wholesale food] markets continue to provide controlled linkages to the interstate trucking and transport industry. Again, elements of the transport infrastructure are controlled by families with connections to IOC elements. There is continuing intelligence of the exploitation of this type of freight for trafficking illicit commodities.

“The exploitation of the markets and interstate freight remains a significant area for environmental hardening and law reform.”

The revelation that Mafia figures banned from NSW and Victorian casinos over money laundering concerns are simply heading to the Gold Coast casino suggests another major weakness in anti-organised crime measures.

Police have previously warned that Mafia “identities were using casinos to launder funds through, with significant money movements through Jupiter’s Casino and Crown Casino Melbourne”.

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