Monday, February 1, 2016

Roger Rogerson, Glen McNamara made agreement to kill or seriously injure Jamie Gao, court hears


The murder trial of Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara has heard details about the events leading up to the discovery of Jamie Gao's body in May 2014.

The men have pleaded not guilty to killing the 20-year-old at a storage shed in Padstow and dumping his body off the coast of Cronulla.

Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC has used his opening address to outline the crown's case during the trial's opening at the Supreme Court in Sydney.

Mr Maxwell has told the court the Sydney student entered a storage shed at Padstow with McNamara and they were joined by Rogerson a few minutes later.

The jury heard the accused were captured on CCTV, dragging a silver surfboard cover of "considerable weight" out of the shed just over half an hour later.

Mr Gao's body was found floating off Shelly Beach at Cronulla by fishermen six days later.

Mr Maxwell told the court a post mortem examination found the victim had been shot twice in the chest.

Mr Maxwell said the crown did not have to prove which of the defendants killed Mr Gao, but that there was an agreement to kill or seriously injure the victim.

The prosecution told the jury the reasons why Mr Gao walked into the storage shed and why the accused were with him will be subject to a lot of evidence.

The trial has also been told the victim first met McNamara in early 2013, when he was a Cantonese interpreter in a case involving a friend.

McNamara had been hired as a private investigator in the matter.

The trial continues.

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