Thursday, March 3, 2016

Glen McNamara's daughter threatened by former solicitor of co-accused murderer Roger Rogerson, court hears

A former solicitor for accused murderer Roger Rogerson, threatened the daughter of his client's co-accused, Glen McNamara, the NSW Supreme court has heard.

On her third day in the witness box, Jessica McNamara described a visit by Rogerson's then solicitor Paul Kenny, to her Cronulla home.

Former police officers McNamara and Rogerson have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of student Jamie Gao in a Padstow storage unit during a drug deal in May 2014.

During the visit Ms McNamara said Mr Kenny said to her "it's not the triads you need to be afraid of, it's Roger".

Ms McNamara told the court Mr Kenny said to her "he knows where you live".
She recalled her anxiety at being told that she and her younger sister, who were living with McNamara in their father's unit in Cronulla, were in danger.

The court heard Mr Kenny had earlier visited McNamara in prison and McNamara knew Mr Kenny was in contact with his family, even though McNamara was already represented by another solicitor.

Rogerson's barrister George Thomas asked Ms McNamara if she knew that Mr Kenny visited her upon her father's request and she answered "no".

The jury was told McNamara knew Mr Kenny from when they worked on the police force together.

McNamara claims Rogerson shot and killed Mr Gao before threatening him and his family.

Daughter believes Rogerson had a gun

Ms McNamara was again asked about the "lump" she had previously described seeing in Rogerson's pocket on the day of the murder.

On Thursday, in response to questioning, she said: "I believe it was a gun".
Mr Thomas asked whether Ms McNamara had made herself believe that "because people put things in your head?" but she replied "no".

Ms McNamara broke down in tears on the witness stand and was inconsolable for a while during testimony in which she criticised the way she was dealt with by police.

She said police got angry with her, because they did not like what she was saying, even though it was the truth.

Ms McNamara denied a suggestion that police told her at the time, that her recollection appeared to be rehearsed.

According to Rogerson, Mr Gao was already dead by the time Rogerson entered the storage unit.

The trial continues.

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