Former police detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been found guilty of murdering Sydney man Jamie Gao.
The pair were accused of being involved in the murder of Mr Gao during a drug deal involving nearly three kilograms of the drug, ice. The jury took nearly seven days to come to their decision. Each man blamed the other for Mr Gao’s death. The jury did not need to determine who specifically shot Mr Gao as they were convinced the two were working together in the criminal act.
The court had heard that the men lured Gao, 20, a student at a Sydney university, to a storage unit in Padstow where one of them shot Gao twice. His body was dumped by the men at sea, but it did not sink and was found floating off Cronulla.
17 year-old-boy charged with terrorism related offences
A 17-year-old Sydney boy said to be suffering a mental illness was today arrested at his home in The Oaks in Sydney’s south-west, charged with a terrorism-related offence, and remanded in custody overnight. Police told the Parramatta children’s court that the youth had posted threatening comments on social media and created an “attack map”. His lawyer will today plead for his release on bail. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told a press conference the police had no option but to charge the teen with the terrorism offence because he had posted comments “about hurting a police officer, in fact killing a police officer”.
Controversial Muslim cleric leaves under a cloud
British born Muslim cleric Farrokh Sekaleshfar last night left Australia after the Government launched an urgent review of his visa in light of reportedly homophobic comments he has made abroad. Mr Sekaleshfar’s Australian speaking tour was compromised when video emerged of him preaching anti-homosexual messages to fellow Muslims. He was invited to Australia by Sydney’s Imam Husain Islamic Centre as a speaker in the program for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
Deadly brew lands Queensland man in jail
A Queensland man, William Lynam, 71, was today jailed on three counts of manslaughter over the death of his son and two friends who drank his toxic homebrew made with lethal methyl alcohol. A second son survived but was partially blinded by the liquor and suffered serious organ damage. A jury found him guilty on three counts of manslaughter and one count of grevious bodily harm. Lynam was sentenced to six years but may be released on parole after 18 months. – Compiled from online sources by the Newsroom Team
Photo of Jamie Gao from Facebook.