Former Detective Sergeant of the New South Wales Police Force, found guilty of murder 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Devil You Know part 1.
For a crooked old cop, getting away with murder used to be easy.
In his heyday, NSW Police detective Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson could have shot dead a drug dealer and dumped his body at sea and no one would have been the wiser.
But in the age of smartphones, metadata and security cameras on every street corner watching, a crooked man has a very hard time playing it straight.
On the day Jamie Gao was murdered, he woke up feeling his life was about to improve, thinking he was about to strike it rich. He had no idea he was about to be killed in what one former detective said was the "most photographed major crime" in Australia's history.
Gao, a 20-year-old student at the University of Technology, Sydney, had three kilos of the drug 'ice' to sell to a man he thought he could trust, former NSW detective turned private investigator, Glen McNamara.
McNamara had hired Gao in 2013 as a Chinese interpreter for a case he was working. But Gao had no idea their drug deal had a third wheel – Rogerson, a disgraced former cop and McNamara's 'partner in crime'.
Rogerson had fallen hard from his high-flying days in the 1970s and 80s when he was one of the most decorated and celebrated detectives in New South Wales.