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10 January - Colin Winchester,Top Gun policeman gun down

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:17 pm

Today in Australian History.
10th January 1989,

Australian Federal Assistant Commissioner shot dead.
Colin Stanley Winchester APM, (18 October 1933 – 10 January 1989) was an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

He was a baker’s son who’d worked in the mines at Captain’s Flat and a good-humoured larrikin

Friends and work colleagues described him as being of great strength, courage,
integrity and love, who was tough, hard-working, honest and compassionate.

Colin Stanley Winchester.jpg

Colin Winchester had been a police officer for 27 years, first in the Australian
Capital Territory Police Force and then in the AFP.

On 10 January 1989, the Canberra suburb was particularly quiet, drowsing in the still, warm, evening air, ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Colin Winchester drove to his Deakin home.

At 9.15pm, as he stepped from his car Assistant Commissioner Winchester was dead, shot twice in the head at point blank range with a Ruger 10/22 .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer.

Colin Winchester’s death made headlines around the world and sparked one of the most complex criminal investigations in Australian history. It ran for more than five years,

There were many allegations of mafia involvement and that the Assistant Commissioner had been executed by the Mafia when it was revealed he’d been part of a controversial investigation
targeting drug financiers and suppliers.

At a sting involved a marijuana plantation at Bungendore, a Mafia informant who told his bosses that Colin Winchester was corrupt. It was said that the police chief was shot because Mafia bosses
Winchester was cleared when an independent auditor found that with no unexplained wealth to his name, it was unlikely that Colin Winchester had been on the take.

David Harold Eastman was convicted of Winchester's murder on November 11, 1995

Justice Ken Carruthers during his sentencing remarks said “the scientific aspect of the case resulted in
“one of the most skilled, sophisticated and determined forensic
investigations in the history of Australia”.

Justice Carruthers sentenced Eastman to life imprisonment. after a four year surveillance investigation.

Winchester was Australia's most senior police officer to have been killed.
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