Australia Senior Queensland detective asked for details to be left out of Whiskey inquest
Inquest into fatal Whiskey Au Go Go attack
A coroner is set to hear from 27 witnesses during a two-week sitting of an inquest into the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing that claimed 15 lives in 1973.Coroner Terry Ryan is set to hear from 27 witnesses about the 1973 attack during a two-week sitting in the Coroner's Court in Brisbane from Monday.
A seniorhomicide detective allegedly asked for criticisms to be removed from an investigator's report for the ongoing Whiskey Au Go Go inquest.
The claim came to light today following the reversal of a non-publication order put in place last week after it was requested from a lawyer for the police commissioner.
It's the newest bombshell revelation that's come from the two-week inquiry, followingwhere 15 people were killed.
Who was REALLY behind the Whiskey Au Go Go fire?
A new inquest into the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub firebombing re-opened in Brisbane on Monday - 48 years after the first inquest into what was then Australia's worst mass murder..But firefighter Tom Day, the father of 19-year-old Darcy, was warned to stop looking for answers.
The inquest was ordered by former attorney-general Yvette D'Ath in 2017 with one of the areas being looked at being the quality of the original police investigation in the days following the incident.
Detective Sergeant Virginia Gray told the inquest last week that her superior, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen, had requested Gray to remove any criticism of the 1973 investigation from her report being made for the inquest.
Those claims are now being made public following the non-publication order being revoked.
"That sort of material should not be included in a report from the police ... and that we would leave that to the journalists and police haters," Sergeant Gray claims Inspector Hansen gave as his reason for the request.
Off-duty cop describes how he escaped Whiskey Au Go Go blaze
Hunter Nicol was at a table near the dance floor with friends when there was a 'whoosh' sound and saw smoke billowing like 'when you set off a pile of tyres', as fire consumed the Brisbane nightclub in 1973Hunter Nicol was at a table near the dance floor with friends when there was a 'whoosh' sound and saw smoke billowing like 'when you set off a pile of tyres'.
Sergeant Gray submitted two versions of her report to the Coroner's Court, one with those claims included and the other with the claims not included.
"I was asked to remove sections from that fourth paragraph that commenced with Operation Avow," Sergeant Gray said.
Operation Avow was the 2014 investigation into the cold case murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Vincent O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois.
"Inspector Hansen told me he had spoken to the coroner the day before and his feedback was that that material should be removed as they did not need any references to the earlier investigation," Sergeant Gray said/
It was later mentioned Inspector Hansen had not talked to Coroner Terry Ryan or asked him to remove any material from any police reports.
Coroner Ryan claims he initially put the non-publication order in place so Inspector Hansen and two other officers Sergeant Gray mentioned could seek legal counsel and advice.
The inquest continues.
The Story Behind Wild Turkey 101 & the Proof of Whiskies .
Ever look at a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 and wonder why 101? Why not 102? You’re asking about the so-called proof, the number that tells you how much of the whiskey is alcohol (ethanol, to be precise). Almost all of the rest is water, except for a tiny but extremely significant bit of flavor and aroma compounds that accumulate during mashing, fermentation, distillation and barrel aging. In a small number of bottlings, those labeled cask-strength or barrel proof, the proof of the whiskey is exactly what comes out of the barrel. The distiller measures that with a government-approved instrument and puts the reading on the label.