Friday July 25 2014

– A coronial inquest has been told that a former Victoria Police Drug Squad officer had told a now murdered police informer, that should he ever betray him, he would shoot him.
Andrew Hodson told the inquest, which is investigating the deaths of his parents, Terence and Christine Hodson, who were murdered in their Kew home in 2004, that his father had told him that the former detective Paul Dale had once threatened him.
“He showed him a firearm and told him he would be shot if he ever betrayed them [Mr Dale and David Miechel, also a former Drug Squad detective],” Andrew Hodson said in a statement that was read to the Coroner in court on Thursday.
Hitman Rodney Collins and Dale were charged with murdering Terence Hodson in 2009. Hodson had agreed to give evidence against allegedly corrupt police officers. Collins was also charged with the murder of Christine Hodson.
But when Carl Williams was bashed to death in Barwon prison in 2010, the case against the men was dropped.
Both Dale and Collins, who is currently serving time in prison for an unrelated double homicide, both deny any involvement in the Hodson murders.
This week both men were excused from giving evidence at the inquest.
After Terence Hodson had agreed to give evidence against Dale and Miechel, who were charged with a 2003 burglary of drug house in Oakleigh, Andrew Hodson told the inquest his father had been told by police to exercise caution against possible retribution.
Andrew Hodson told the inquest his father was more concerned about Dale, as Dale’s case was more reliant on Terence Hodson’s evidence.
However, according to Andrew Hodson, his father had refused police protection. The inquest was told that Terence Hodson considered Collins to be “good bloke” and sold him cannabis.
The inquest earlier heard that Williams was “dangling a carrot” to police by offering information on the Hodson murders.
The inquest was told by Witness A that he had told Williams to pass on information about the murders to police in order to receive favourable considerations from the investigators and to discredit a prosecution witness.
The inquest is continuing.


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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