Near 3 hours of listening to Sentencing Judge Justice Geoffrey Bellew I heard it finally.These pathetic greedy should know better ex detectives with over 80 years active police knowledge between them were busted and revealed, time caught up with these fossils. CCTV buried them.
Jamie Gao murder: Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara sentenced to life in prison
Jamie Gao murder: Rogerson and McNamara should be jailed for life, prosecutor says
The notorious corrupt former detective Roger Rogerson and his co-accused Glen McNamara should be jailed for life for the murder of drug dealer Jamie Gao, a Sydney court has been told.
Rogerson and McNamara are facing a sentencing hearing today, after being found guilty of murdering Sydney man Mr Gao during a drug deal at a Padstow storage facility on May 20, 2014.
Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57, pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Gao and dumping his body in waters off Cronulla the next day.
New South Wales Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the hearing in the NSW Supreme Court, life sentences have been applied in the past for contract killings.
“They together executed a young drug dealer for their financial gain. The contract killing is a category for which a life sentence can be given and has been given by this court over the years,” he said.
“There is no distinction between killing for payment … or killing for the purpose of financial gain, which is what this was about.
“This was a killing to enable both offenders to obtain the drug … colloquially known as ice … a drug that results in much crime itself.
“The attitude that both accused had towards the deceased after the murder amounted to a completely cold, calculated, lack of feeling, which was all about making him disappear.”
Mr Maxwell said the pair had used their “experience and training for the complete antithesis of what was intended”.
“There is nothing to suggest they would..not be a danger to society.”
Mr Maxwell told the judge the offence was made even more serious because of their intention to “obtain and distribute a drug that is a scourge of our society”.
The crown said the both men were part of a joint criminal enterprise and a great deal of thought was put into it.
“There is nothing ludicrously incompetent about this,” he said.
“There’s a boldness in Mr Rogerson’s attitude.”
He told the judge they planned to make sure Mr Gao’s body would disappear.
“They did everything to make that happen.”
Differing accounts of Gao’s death heard during trial
During the trial, both men denied pulling the trigger and instead pointed the blame at each other.
McNamara’s defence told the trial it was Rogerson who shot and killed Mr Gao before threatening McNamara and his family, forcing him to help dispose of the body.
Rogerson claimed the 20-year-old was killed during a struggle with McNamara and the student was dead on the floor when he entered the shed.
The trial was told by prosecutors both had given “far-fetched and unbelievable” versions of what happened.
Mr Gao told his cousin Justin Gao he was going to be involved in a massive drug deal with a man called ‘Glen’ that was going to make him rich.
He held a number of meetings with McNamara in the months before his death — McNamara claimed these meetings were for a book he was writing about Asian crime gangs.
This explanation was dismissed by prosecutors, who said McNamara and Rogerson were preparing for the killing.
Prosecutors told the court the crown did not have to prove which of the defendants killed Mr Gao, just that there was an agreement to kill or seriously injure the victim.
It took the jury just under a week to reach the verdicts.
Justice Geoffrey Bellew thanked them for their service and excused them from ever serving again, unless they wished to do so.
update GUILTY 15/06/16
Former police detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been found guilty of murdering Sydney man Jamie Gao during a drug deal.
Jamie Gao murder trial: Jurors in case of Roger Rogerson, Glen McNamara begin deliberations
UPDATE 2pm 02/06/16
Three men walk into a shed. Only two men come out alive. They were former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara.
In his closing address to a NSW Supreme Court jury, Crown Prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC argued there were 29 reasons why the pair should be found guilty of the murder of Jamie Gao and stealing the drugs he had brought to a meeting.
“These are the main or important circumstances that the Crown relies upon,” Mr Maxwell said before starting his list below.
1. Glen McNamara had 27 meetings with the deceased Jamie Gao in the lead up to his death on May 20, 2014.
2. Mr McNamara claims the meetings were for research on his next true crime book on Asian gangs and drugs in Sydney. The Crown says his lack of notes taken prove this is not the case.
3. Roger Rogerson obtained six keys to the shed where Mr Gao was killed from a friend in early March and only returned five keys.
4. The arrival of two Asian men in Australia – who the Crown allege were there to facilitate the drug deal – and their presence on Arab Road where Mr Gao gets into a car with Mr McNamara.
5. Mr Rogerson visits Rent a Space – the storage facility where Mr Gao is killed – on April 2 and again with Mr McNamara on April 4.
6. Google searches found on Mr McNamara’s computer of the same calibre firearm that would later be used to shoot and kill Mr Gao.
7. The frequency of telephone calls between Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara between January and May 2014, particularly around the times when Mr McNamara meets with Mr Gao.
8. The purchase of BV67PX – a white Ford Falcon station wagon that the Crown alleges was acquired by Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara on April 27. This was later used to transport the body of the deceased.
9. The statements Jamie Gao made to his friends and associates – he once told his cousin Justin Gao that he was going to take part in an ice deal and “he said it was going to be massive”.
10. Mr McNamara removes his boat from storage the day before Mr Gao’s death and returns it the day after. The boat was used to dispose of Mr Gao’s body at sea.
11. Mr Rogerson goes to Rent a Space the day before the killing and removes two chairs from unit 803. He returns them two days later.
12. Mr McNamara parks his blue Ford Falcon on the street on May 19.
13. The way Mr McNamara was dressed on May 20 – he was wearing a dark hooded jacket and sunglasses.
14. Mr McNamara had the gate code and keys to unit 803 on May 20.
15. The way in which Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara parked their respective cars on Arab Road minutes before Mr Gao was due to arrive.
16. The way Mr McNamara parked the white station wagon BV67PX outside unit 803 and shielded Mr Gao so that he would not been seen on CCTV as he entered the shed.
17. Mr Rogerson enters the storage shed three minutes and 19 seconds after Mr McNamara and Mr Gao enter.
18. Mr McNamara brings a silver Ocean & Earth surfboard bag which is used to place the deceased’s body inside.
19. Mr Rogerson brings ropes and tarpaulin to the storage shed on the day of the killing.
20. Mr McNamara’s garage was used to transfer the deceased into a boat.
21. Mr Rogerson was present at Kennard’s Hire and assisted in hiring a chain block to move Mr Gao’s body.
22. Mr Rogerson’s actions inside Mr McNamara’s Cronulla apartment after Mr Gao is killed. Mr McNamara’s daughter Jessica claims that she saw Mr Rogerson tapping a dark coloured object in his pockets.
23. The gunshot residue on Mr Rogerson’s hat and from the pockets of his black tracksuit pants.
24. The disposal of the body of Mr Gao at sea on May 21. It was found floating off the shores of Cronulla by fishermen on May 26.
25. Mr McNamara disposes of a bag of clothing on May 21.
26. Two pillowcases, a jug and a measuring spoon were bought from Kmart on May 22 – these items are used to repackage the three kilograms of ice.
27. The involvement of a man named Adam Borg and the attempts made to get the untraceable car BV67PX towed after it is used to transport the deceased’s body.
28. A meeting at Sydney Airport on May 28 between Mr McNamara and Mr Rogerson.
29. After the police tow away the car BV67PX with the drugs inside, Mr McNarama uses a payphone to call Karl Bonnette, a man who the Crown argues helped the two accused to purchase the car.
Mr Maxwell ended his closing address by looking at the jury and saying: “It will be your solemn obligation to return a verdict of guilty in relation to both counts against both accused.”
A jury has started to consider verdicts in the trial of former police officers Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson, over the shooting murder of a young Sydney man during a drug deal.
Jamie Gao, 20, was shot twice inside a storage unit in Sydney’s south-west on May 20, 2014.
Prosecutors said his body was later dumped at sea near Cronullausing McNamara’s boat.
Both men adopted vastly different versions of what happened inside unit 803 at Rent-a-Space Padstow.
McNamara claimed Rogerson got into a heated argument with Mr Gao about drugs.
He said Mr Gao pulled out a knife and simultaneously, Rogerson grabbed a gun from his pocket and fired it.
McNamara said Rogerson then threatened to kill him and his daughters if he did not help move the body.
But Rogerson told the jury Mr Gao was dead on the floor of the unit by the time he entered.
He said he was told Mr Gao had pulled the gun on McNamara and the shooting happened during a struggle.
‘We’re both innocent’: recorded prison phone call
Phone calls McNamara made to his daughters from prison after his arrest gave no indication he was planning to turn on his friend.
“It’s an almost non-existent circumstantial case, this case. There’s no evidence. We’re both completely innocent,” McNamara said in one call.
The crown alleges both men formed an agreement to kill Mr Gao and steal drugs from him.
On the day before the shooting, McNamara took his boat out of storage and Rogerson removed two office chairs from unit 803.
Both were described as acts of preparation for the murder.
McNamara had held 27 meetings with Mr Gao in the months before the shooting.
He said they were all about research for a book he was planning to write about Asian crime gangs.
But prosecutors said there was virtually no evidence he had made any notes of his research and the real purpose of the meetings was to organise a drug deal.
McNamara said he only cooperated with Rogerson after the shooting under duress.
Rogerson has denied making any threats and his barrister told the jury, unlike McNamara, his client made no attempt to hide his appearance on the day of the shooting.
THE jury in the murder trial of former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara has retired to consider their verdicts.
Justice Geoffrey Bellew officially sent the Supreme Court jury of seven men and five women out at 12.35pm telling them
“I am directing you to reach unanimous verdicts in respect of each count”.
“If at any stage of your deliberations you would like me to repeat any direction I’ve given you or elaborate…you must ask.
“It is fundamentally important that you understand the directions of law I have given you.”
The jury has been hearing evidence in the trial of Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57, since early February.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to murdering 20-year-old Jamie Gao inside a Padstow storage unit on the afternoon of May 20, 2014, and to taking part in the supply of 2.78kg of ice, allegedly brought by the university student to shed 803 of Rent A Space.
While both men have a right to silence, and were under no obligation to give evidence, they chose to take the witness stand and give their accounts over several gruelling days of questioning by their own lawyers, as well as cross examination.
What emerged were two very different stories, told in starkly contrasting manners.
McNamara, his voice often becoming distressed in recounting, says Rogerson shot Gao while “seeing with anger” over the handover of drugs and cash, and then threatened the safety of McNamara and the lives of his daughters if he didn’t co-operate with the disposal of the body.
Rogerson, whose voice remained steady as he gripped the witness box with both hands each day, said that by the time he entered the storage unit Gao was already lying dead on the floor, with his friend McNamara telling him that the young man had “shot himself” during a “real struggle” between the pair for the gun.
“He was going to kill me …(if we don’t leave here soon) this place will be swarming with Chinese assassins,” Rogerson claimed McNamara warned him.
He says he agreed to help out of trust for the man he considered “at that time a very good friend of mine.”
Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the jury — as he did in his opening address in the early days of February — that they do not have to determine which man was the shooter in order to return verdicts of guilty to murder, as they are being tried under a joint criminal enterprise.
Mr Maxwell presented to the jury lists of circumstances he said prosecutors have revealed in the evidence as proof of the Crown case beyond reasonable doubt.
For McNamara, they include the more than 20 meetings he had with Gao. in the months before the execution, documented by CCTV footage and text message exchanges, and internet searches on his laptop for the type of firearm that police believe was used to kill the 20-year-old.
The murder weapon has never been found.
McNamara said in his evidence that he was meeting with Gao because the university student was a source for a planned true crime book on drug syndicates in Asian triad gangs, but Mr Maxwell said there has been no evidence of written notes made by the 57-year-old for this book.
Prosecutors have also pointed to Rogerson making a trip to Rent A Space the day before the murder to remove office furniture from the shed that had been leased by his friend Michael Maguire, who has since died from cancer.
McNamara’s barrister Gabriel Wendler told the jury in his closing address this week that, if
Rogerson had not been responsible for the shooting then he must be “the unluckiest guy in the world”, pointing to the traces of gunshot residue that were found on the clothes the 75-year-old was wearing on the day, as well as a fingerprint of his that was detected on the receipt for the white Ford Falcon at the centre of the murder.
“Can you seriously see Glen McNamara executing Mr Gao, a man the same age as one of his daughters?” Mr Wendler asked the jury.
“A person with whom he had built up a relationship with?”
Rogerson’s counsel George Thomas in turn rubbished the suggestion his client acted in a “joint criminal enterprise” with McNamara, drawing on the window of three minutes and 19 seconds when his client was not inside shed 803.
Mr Thomas also suggested to the jury that if there had been a plan all along to kill the university student, then both Rogerson and McNamara would have waited inside to “ambush” Gao.
Mr Thomas said “Glen McNamara intended to kill Jamie Gao”.
“That was why the surfboard bag [in which Gao’s body was removed from the shed] was there [in McNamara’s car]. It was how the body was to be taken out,” Mr Thomas said.
He said that, if there had been a plan to kill Gao all along on Rogerson’s part, he would have been in the shed at the same time as the other two, “not arrive later.”
“What is the point of that?” Mr Thomas asked the jury.
“[If that was the plan] you would have Rogerson [already] in there to do the killing, you would have the surfboard bag ready … have the site properly prepared if there is a planned execution.”
Jamie Gao murder trial: Rogerson and McNamara gave ‘unbelievable’ versions of events, court hears
Two former police officers charged with the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao have given “far-fetched and unbelievable” versions of what happened, prosecutors say.
In his closing address at the murder trial of Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson, prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the jury both men were part of an agreement to kill Mr Gao and steal almost three kilograms of the drug ice.
The court heard the pair used a car that could not be traced to transport Mr Gao from the Padstow storage unit where he was shot on May 20, 2014.
Rogerson said he was not involved in acquiring the white Ford Falcon station wagon, but his fingerprint was found on the receipt for its purchase.
Mr Maxwell said McNamara’s boat was taken out of storage the day before the shooting, “to make Jamie Gao disappear”.
The court heard it was used to dump the body at sea the day after the 20-year-old was killed, and the boat was then returned to storage.
McNamara said Rogerson shot and killed Mr Gao before threatening him and his family.
Courts hears of meetings in months before alleged murder
Rogerson said he found Mr Gao already dead and was told he had pulled a gun on McNamara, who tried to defend himself.
“Jamie Gao shot himself twice in a struggle?” Mr Maxwell asked.
“It never happened like that,” Mr Maxwell added.
“It is far-fetched and unbelievable.”
Mr Gao had told his cousin Justin Gao he was going to be involved in a massive drug deal with a man called ‘Glen’ that was going to make him rich.
He held a number of meetings with McNamara in the months before his death and the men were also in contact by text message.
Mr Maxwell said Rogerson knew all about it, because he was in regular phone contact with McNamara, including around the time of a number of the meetings with Mr Gao.
The jury was told McNamara tried to shield Mr Gao from CCTV cameras at the Padstow storage complex.
During his evidence, McNamara said he was meeting Mr Gao as a source for a book he was writing about Asian crime gangs but learnt that Mr Gao was being followed by triads.
Mr Maxwell dismissed this, saying McNamara and Rogerson did things in preparation for the killing.
“Both of them knew what was to happen after Jamie Gao entered unit 803 at 1:46pm on the 20th of May,” he said.
“It’s clear one of the accused shot Jamie Gao.
“To convict both accused, you don’t have to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt, who was the shooter.”
The prosecutor’s closing address continues.
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Barrister Charles Waterstreet probed for contempt of court over social media posts in McNamara and Rogerson murder trial
Charles Waterstreet (left) arrives at the murder trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara in July. Photo: Ben Rushton
High-profile criminal barrister Charles Waterstreet may face contempt of court charges for alleged social media posts which had the potential to prejudice the trial of his client Glen McNamara and co-accused Roger Rogerson.
On Thursday, Justice Geoffrey Bellew formally vacated the trial of Mr McNamara and Mr Rogerson for the murder of university student Jamie Gao during a botched drug deal.
The trial was scheduled to go ahead on Monday, but will not proceed until early next year.
Justice Bellew ordered the registrar of the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court to investigate Mr Waterstreet for contempt of court.
On Tuesday, as pre-trial hearings were under way, Justice Bellew was told of a post on an Instagram account in Mr Waterstreet’s name, being charleswaterstreet.
The post contained a picture of Mr Waterstreet and another man and was taken in the vicinity of the Darlinghurst Supreme Court.
It had a caption, the contents of which Justice Bellew has suppressed.
Mr Waterstreet told Justice Bellew he did not post the picture and caption.
The court also heard a Twitter account in Mr Waterstreet’s name at @ccwaterstreet posted a link to the Instagram post.
Justice Bellew said he had “no practical alternative” to vacate the trial despite the considerable expense to the taxpayer.
He said it was no fault of the court, the “criminal justice system”, the Crown, Mr Rogerson’s solicitor and barrister or Mr McNamara’s solicitor and said each had worked diligently to ensure the trial proceeded efficiently.
“To say the vacation of the trial is unfortunate would be a gross understatement,” he said.
But he said Mr McNamara, through no fault of his own, was suddenly left without a barrister on Wednesday morning, just days from the opening date, and to proceed would potentially rob him of a fair trial.
Former Liberal NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith, SC, appeared in court, saying Mr McNamara wanted to retain him and Mr Waterstreet’s junior counsel Peter Lange. However, he would not be able to take on the case until next year.
Mr Rogerson’s barrister, George Thomas, argued strongly for the trial to be put back for only two weeks, arguing a competent and experienced barrister who is available to take on the case could get across the brief in that time.
He also accused Mr McNamara of instructing Mr Waterstreet to act in a way that caused the case to go off the rails.
However, Justice Bellew dismissed any suggestion Mr McNamara was behind Mr Waterstreet’s alleged actions.
He also said any barrister taking over the case would need much more than two weeks to get across the volumes of material to be tendered during the trial.
Mr Smith said he was hoping the Legal Aid Commission would approve his retainer.
Mr Thomas said that, as Mr McNamara’s defence was funded by Legal Aid, he did not have the luxury of choosing his own barrister and should take whoever was available.
Both Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Gao in a storage unit in Padstow last year.
Following the revelation of the social media posts, Mr Waterstreet was given time to get legal advice. He consulted noted appeal barrister Tim Game, SC.
On Wednesday, Mr Waterstreet sought the court’s leave to withdraw from the case.
Mr Game, appearing for Mr Waterstreet, told the court he had advised his client to step down, although this did not constitute an admission of wrongdoing.
Crown Prosecutor Chris Maxwell, QC, and Mr Game agreed Mr Waterstreet should be referred to the registrar for investigation.
In referring Mr Waterstreet, Justice Bellew ordered the registrar to seek and adhere to the “advice of the Crown Solicitor as to whether proceedings for contempt should be taken against Mr Waterstreet”.
He also ordered the registrar to inform the Attorney-General, Gabrielle Upton.
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
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Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murder trial of Jamie Gao hearing to begin on August 18 2015
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. 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.
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.