CRIMINAL ‘FEARED DEATH’ – Wednesday March 6 2013

– A career criminal with links to some of the state’s most notorious figures feared he would be murdered by former detective Paul Dale, a court heard yesterday.
The allegation emerged on day four of the trial of Mr Dale, who is accused of lying to the Australian Crime Commission.
The court heard that criminal Mark Smith claimed he was going to be murdered by Mr Dale after being arrested with drugs and weapons on a highway near Wangaratta.
But Mr Dale denied wanting to harm Smith, and said the criminal had made up the allegation to justify the firearms. “ESD (police ethical standards department) seemed to accept criminals’ version of events over mine back then,” he said.
Earlier, the court heard that murdered police informer Terence Hodson gave up dozens of criminal associates and was given the green light to traffic ecstasy.
Mr Dale told the ACC hearing that Hodson was a key informer and cunning criminal with contacts throughout Melbourne’s underworld. His grassing has led to dozens of arrests.
Mr Dale told the ACC that Hodson had even informed on members of his own family and his wife, Christine, kept notes about the activities of criminals for police.
To protect his identity as an informer, Mr Dale said Hodson was allowed to continue trafficking in drugs.
Mr Dale said he visited the hodsons at their home, on one occasion giving him a bottle of whiskey after a successful operation. “He was right in the middle (of operations). He loved it. If he could have strapped a gun on and started running through the door, he would have,” he told the ACC.
Most people in the underworld thought Hodson was an informer, said Mr Dale.
The trial, before Justice Elizabeth Curtain, continues – Padraic Murphy


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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