Former Detective Sergeant of the New South Wales Police Force, found guilty of murder 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
29 reasons why a jury should find Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara guilty of the murder of Jamie Gao: court told
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."