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


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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