Saturday August 24 2013
– An ex-cop suspected of organising the murders of police informer Terry Hodson and wife Christine has blamed drug boss Tony Mokbel in a new book.
Former drug squad detective Paul Dale says in Disgraced: The Cop At The Centre Of Melbourne’s Gangland Wars that the crime could have been revenge for Hodson’s role in a rip-off linked to Mokbel.
A house in East Oakleigh was burgled of hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs on Grand Final day, 2003.
Hodson and Mr Dale’s former drug squad colleague, David Miechel, were charged after being caught red-handed at the scene. Miechel is serving 12 years in jail.
Hodson, 56, who’d agreed to give evidence that Mr Dale was involved, was shot dead with wife Christine at their Kew East home in May 2004.
Mr Dale was charged with having arranged for hitman Rodney Charles Collins – now serving life for a similar double murder – to murder Hodson. Charges against both were later dropped.
Mr Dale writes: “If Big Tony was upset about Terry Hodson robbing the drug house and – if the rumours were true – doing him out of a lot of money, he only needed to have a chat to his father-in-law (Collins) for advice.”
Mr Dale refers to a meeting between Mokbel, gang boss Carl Williams and Collins.
“Without any help from me, any or all of these men easily had motive to kill Terry.”
The book also claims Hodson was involved in a plot to kill Williams, who found out about it, and that police “green-lit” Hodson to keep selling drugs as long as he was informing.
“I didn’t have anything to do with murdering the Hodsons,” Dale told the Herald Sun, saying police failed to look at about 150 suspects.
He said Williams was secretly recorded talking of how Lewis Moran and Hodson had put a contract on him. “Within weeks (they) had been gunned down.
“Williams was convicted of killing Moran and admitted organising a hitman to kill Hodson. All he had to do was invent a story that I orchestrated (it and) he’d get full indemnity and close to two million bucks,” Mr Dale said – Mark Buttler & Keith Moor