– A jury will evaluate the evidence of a notorious Victorian career criminal – dismissed as Australia’s most unreliable Crown witness – who has implicated two men charged with the murder of vampire male prostitute Shane Chartres-Abbott.
The witness, a prisoner guilty of three murders – including being the shooter of Mr Chartres-Abbott – has also implicated in the crime two former policemen, who have strongly denied any involvement.
Mr Chartres-Abbott was on trial in 2003 for the rape and mutilation of a woman called Penny when he was killed.
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard this week there was insufficient evidence to charge the former detectives, David Waters and Peter Lalor.
Magistrate Peter Mealy on Thursday found there was sufficient evidence to order Evangelos Goussis and a co-accused, who cannot be identified, to stand trial.
Both men pleaded not guilty, with Mr Goussis, the shooter’s alleged accomplice, declaring: “I emphatically plead not guilty.”
The co-accused’ barrister, James McQuillan, in a submission for his client to be discharged, said the prosecution case was based primarily on the witness’ words.
Mr McQuillan said of him: “If ever there was an unreliable witness in this state or in this country it is [him].” He said the evidence of two other witnesses were almost purely heresay and that of the main witness was replete with inconsistencies and lies.
Prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, responded that taking the Crown case at its highest a jury could act on the witness’ evidence so a conviction was inevitable.
Mr Tinney denied the case was based exclusively on the witness, submitting a jury could be satisfied Mark Perry – the fugitive former boyfriend of Penny – instigated the murder. There was substantial contact between Perry and the co-accused, who had close contact with the witness in the days before and after the murder.
Mr Mealy said a jury may consider the witness’ evidence unreliable on its own but other circumstantial evidence might help corroborate his version, which was the foundation of the case.
It was for a jury to determine the validity of the witness’ evidence, he concluded. Both men were remanded to appear in the Supreme Court next month – Steve Butcher


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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