SIGHTINGS OF STATE’S MOST WANTED MAN GIVES POLICE HOPE – Friday April 5 2013

– Police are confident of catching Victoria’s most wanted man, Graham Gene Potter, after receiving several public sightings in recent weeks.
The violent fugitive, who once wore a fat suit to evade police, was reportedly seen in Victoria.
He vanished three years ago while facing charges of plotting to kill two men at the wedding of Mick Gatto’s son. He is also wanted on serious federal drug charges.
Detective Superintendent Gerry Ryan said that about six weeks ago police had received a report of a man fitting Potter’s description in a small town on the Murray River.
Superintendent Ryan said police were unable to confirm the sighting but it was likely that Potter was hiding in sleepy country towns, some with populations as little as 1000.
He said the fugitive had a knack of being able to blend in with locals and befriend women.
Superintendent Ryan said Potter was known to wear disguises, some quite sophisticated. He said police found a fat suit in his belongings after Potter fled from a routine vehicle intercept near Tully, in Queensland, in August 2010.
Potter was jailed for 15 years from 1981 for the killing of 19-year-old Kim Barry, whom he had met at a nightclub in Wollongong.
Hours later he had lured her back to his flat where he bludgeoned her to death and cut off her head and fingers in a bathtub.
He is described as fair skinned, 175 centimetres tall, medium to solid build, with brown eyes, with brown greying hair and a ginger beard.
Potter has been known to wear gold sleeper earrings in both ears, glasses and a gold chain and has used several fake names, including Josh Lawson, John Page, Jim Henderson and Peter Adams.
Potter moved to Tasmania in 2002 with his wife, Sheree, who was his fiancé at the time of Kim Barry’s murder. They were married while he was in prison.
Police have alleged that while in Tasmania he became involved in criminal activity. In 2008, Potter was arrested over his alleged role in the importation of 15 million ecstasy tablets, with a street value of $440 million.
He was extradited to Victoria but granted bail before he became involved in the Melbourne underworld and was implicated in the Gatto case.
Potter was one of three men charged with planning to murder two men – including Mr Gatto’s associate Fedele D’Amico – over a conflict with a major drug ring.
Police believe neither Mr Gatto nor his son had anything to do with the plot.
A $100,000 reward has been issued for Potter’ arrest – Jared Lynch

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