May 26 2014
– A former Sydney detective has been charged with the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Gao, who disappeared almost a week ago, and police are searching for another former officer, Roger Rogerson.
Meanwhile, a body has been recovered from waters off Cronulla but it’s not been confirmed whether it’s that of the missing student.
Police now believe Mr Gao was taking part in a deal involving a “substantial quantity” of drugs when he was last seen getting into a white car with two men in Padstow.
They say they’ve seized several kilos of methamphetamine.
Former Kings Cross detective Glen McNamara, 55, has been charged with the young man’s murder as well as commercial drug supply.
Angela Lavoipierre, covering the case for ABC News, told 1233 ABC Newcastle’s Jill Emberson that McNamara was once a whistle-blower on police corruption.
And she says police also want to speak to disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson, 73, who’s believed to be in Queensland.
“Jamie was last seen getting into a car, speaking with two men in Padstow in Sydney’s southwest,” Angela says.
“Police found his car nearby with his keys, his wallet, his phone and his friends say this disappearance is really out of character.
“We know that he had planned to meet these two men and he was excited to meet these two men.”
Detectives yesterday made a public appeal for information, saying they believed the missing student had been not only kidnapped but killed.
“Yesterday evening they did arrest Glen McNamara , who is a former State detective and in fact a corruption whistle-blower himself,” Angela says.
She explains McNamara was stationed at Kings Cross during the 1980s and 90s.
“Which of course was a pretty shady business at the time and was the subject of many corruption inquiries, ” she says.
“He actually turned whistle-blower on some of those detectives.”
Police are also keen to speak to Rogerson, who served time in jail for conspiracy and lying to the Police Integrity Commission.
They’ve said they could be making further arrests over the kidnapping and murder of Jamie Gao.
Police have confirmed Mr Gao’s mother is returning to Australia from Hong Kong.
Glen McNamara briefly appeared in a Sydney court this morning, where his lawyer asked that he be placed in protective custody.
Related Photos Expand/CollapseFmr detective Glen McNamara charged with murder of Jamie Gao
Police now believe Jamie Gao was taking part in a drug deal when he disappeared.
– Jeanette McMahon