– A triple murderer turned star prosecution witness has implicated two former Victoria Police officers over the execution shooting of an accused “vampire” rapist during his trial.
He claimed former detective David Waters was given the murder weapon soon after the killing for safe keeping before handing it back several days later.
The career criminal also alleged in a statement that then serving Detective Peter Lalor arranged for him to attend a police station on the afternoon of the murder to have an arrest warrant for driving charges executed on him.
Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, told Melbourne Magistrates Court that the arrangement was used to divert suspicion for the witness, who cannot be named, for the murder.
Mr Tinney said after bailing him, the witness handed Mr Lalor $1500 and told him to have a drink.
The witness alleged in a statement that when asked why he gave Mr Waters the .357 Magnum revolver, that it was among conversations they had while drinking that “Dave Waters knew too much to begin with”.
“…and this was my reasoning, that if I gave him the gun, it was an insurance policy to buy his silence, by virtue of him being involved in the crime himself”, he said.
When a contested committal began on Monday into the murder of Shane Chartres-Abbott, the two accused in the dock were Evangelos Goussis, the witness’s alleged accomplice, and a man who cannot be named.
Mr Waters and Mr Lalor have not been charged and have denied any involvement in the murder of Chartres-Abbott, a male prostitute and self-described vampire.
He was gunned down in the driveway of his Reservoir home on June 4th, 2003, as he left for the County Court where he was on trial for the rape and mutilation of his client, a woman called Penny.
Mr Tinney said all the evidence would show Chartres-Abbott died because Penny’s former boyfriend – Mark Perry – was angry at the attack and decided that vengeance was the order of the day.
He alleged Perry, who vanished in 2007 and now has a $1 million reward posted for his capture, approached Mr Goussis’ co-accused, who then met the witness.
Mr Tinney said the witness described Chartres-Abbott as an animal who deserved to go and told the co-accused to consider the killing a favour.
Mr Tinney outlined how the witness spoke to Mr Waters about finding Chartres-Abbott’s address and later they met Mr Lalor, who gave the witness the address on a piece of paper.
It was alleged the witness and Mr Goussis then conducted surveillance, which included attending the County Court, before Chartres-Abbott was shot twice.
Serving, since 2007, a minimum of 19 years jail for three murders, including Chartres-Abbott’s – for which he received no extra time – the witness denied under cross-examination adding to his six statements made since 2006 from information supplied by police.
He agreed to telling a series of lies to investigators over many years but denied the suggestion of Mr Goussis’ barrister, John Saunders, that he extracted promises from police in return for cooperation.
He told James McQuillan, for the co-accused, he did. It know why he confessed to the murder, saying his thinking was not quite rational but he wanted to clean the slate.
He described as an insult to police and the bench the suggestion he was feeding police information in drips and drabs while asking for more and more favours.
The witness said in his first statement, in November, 2011, it was not a full account of the killing.
The hearing, before Magistrate Peter Mealy, is continuing – Steve Butcher


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