October 28 2014
– FORMER NSW detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara — charged with the execution-style murder of a university student — will spend another month behind bars as they wait the results of DNA testing.
Rogerson’s barrister told a Sydney court this morning his client was “anxious” to see the remaining evidence against him relating to his alleged murder of university student and drug dealer Jamie Gao.
The cases against Mr Rogerson and Mr McNamara were both briefly mentioned in Central Local Court this morning.
The court heard fingerprint evidence, DNA material and crime scene photographs were yet to be served on the defence teams.
The pair are alleged to have shot Mr Gao, 20, dead in a storage unit in Padstow in May, later discarding his body in the sea off Cronulla, following a botched drug deal involving almost 3kg of ice.
Mr Rogerson’s barrister George Thomas told the court they were “anxious” to have the prosecution’s whole brief of evidence, adding it had been five months since the men were charged.
He said they would wait until seeing all of the evidence before deciding whether to make another bail application.
Mr Gao’s body was found bobbing in the waters about three kilometres off Cronulla in June, wrapped in a blue tarpaulin.
During earlier appearances at Central Local Court it was alleged Mr McNamara and Mr Rogerson began planning Mr Gao’s murder after negotiating the supply of “ice” with him in early January.
Crown Prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC said the DPP was also “anxious that this matter proceed quickly in the interest of justice”.
Both Mr Rogerson, 73, and Mr McNamara, 55, have made unsuccessful applications for bail in the local court and will now have to put their cases for conditional release before a Supreme Court judge.
Magistrate Harriet Grahame adjourned the case until November 25, when both men will appear by video link.
– Nicola Berkovic