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At an outback campfire at Ora Banda, a hidden gunman shoots down Gypsy Joker, Billy Grierson.
The isolated gold mining town was owned by a former ranking cop, Don Hancock. He had the pub, the race track, the general store, caravan park and a gold ore crusher.
Hancock earned millions in illicit gold when he was Western Australia’s most senior detective. He owned a gold mine, race horses, properties and a large share portfolio in gold ventures. He also received regular cash from prostitutes for his protection.
He was the State’s foremost cop, and foremost corrupt cop.
His reputation was based on an infamous sting on the Royal Mint, Perth. Bullion worth (in today’s money) about $2.9m was extracted by a cunning thief using only a telephone. No witnesses, no violence, no victim. An extraordinary crime that was solved by Don Hancock, delivering up three brothers, Brian, Peter and Ray Mickelberg, who copped lengthy sentences.
And it was all based on falsified evidence.
Lovell’s first book, The Mickelberg Stitch, detailed a forged fingerprint, false confessions and a sham sketch of a suspect. The book was swiftly banned on police applications. His second book, Split Image, did not even hit the streets because of police and Crown threats to booksellers.
A few weeks after the murder of Billy Grierson, Ora Banda was blown to pieces. A year later, Don Hancock was executed by a car bomb. Was it the bikies? . . . Or was it crooked fellow cops afraid he would reveal his dark secrets?
The entire bizarre history of the twisted WA judicial and police system is exposed in LITANY OF LIES
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Avon Lovell’s Quotable Quotes:
|“What I have achieved to this point is due largely to all the good people who have supported me both monetarily and morally to get me this far.” September 2002|
|“I’m going home for a cup of tea.” To the Royal Commission into Police Corruption in Western Australia.|
|“I have contempt, I have the utmost contempt for the court system. We have a corrupt police force. The enquiry starts today or the royal commission can only be seen by the rest of us as a joke” On A Current Affair June 11th 2002.|
|“Leave my mailman alone…He knows nothing!” News crews camped on Avon’s lawn get desperate; 18th July 2002|
|“The only thing that the West Australian public don’t know about me is whether I dress to the left or the right…And it’s the right.” On ABC radio, regarding privacy issues in W.A.|
|“Get stuffed…Ask me a decent question and I’ll give you an answer.” Responding to media circus.|
|“Whoever coined the phrase ‘the law is an ass’ was really on to something.” Television documentary.|
|“The method of their (Mickelbergs’) conviction rankles at the very core of my heart. No man in our system of justice should ever be convicted and jailed for a day, let alone two decades, on anything but the most scrupulous evidence. Freedom of the individual is too precious to sacrifice without the utmost effort at fairness.” From Split Image.|
|“It’s better than gaol, I guess…” On being fined $30,000 for his most recent contempt of court charges, August 15th, 2002|
|“Don’t call me obsessed, its not what we talk about every weekend at family barbeques”To The Australian.|
|“They were convicted in the worst possible way with evidence you wouldn’t send a shoplifter down for” Of the Mickelbergs.|
|“It is an abomination, a complete breach of the presumption of innocence” An outspoken Avon on A Current Affair June 11, 2002.|
Avon Lovell Biography