Cops told man he was on hired killer’s hit list

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - CRAIG DUN­LOP

IF Ta­mara Mur­phy had come up with $10,000, Tim Ko­belt may have ended up — like his old mate Peter Mur­phy — in a shal­low grave some­where in the out­back, ex­e­cuted by hired killer Gre­gory Al­lan Rus­sell.

Ms Mur­phy, who was given im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion, gave ev­i­dence at the Supreme Court trial of Rus­sell’s al­leged ac­com­plice Adam “Wog” Filip­pone where she told the court Rus­sell of­fered to kill Mr Ko­belt if she came up with $10,000.

The deal fell through when she could not scrounge up the cash, Ms Mur­phy told the court.

Ms Mur­phy had made al­le­ga­tions against Mr Ko­belt, the de­tails of which can­not be pub­lished, and be­came “very an­gry and up­set” af­ter po­lice chose to drop their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ms Mur­phy told the court Rus­sell also of­fered to “help out” with Mr Mur­phy, who she claimed owed her money.

But the tran­script of an in­ter­view Ms Mur­phy gave to po­lice in the weeks af­ter Mr Mur­phy dis­ap­peared de­scribes the planned killings in a dif­fer­ent light, and sug­gests the two men were to be killed as part of a pack­age deal.

“Yeah, com­bi­na­tion,” Ms Mur­phy told po­lice. “(Tim Ko­belt) was to go in with the deal.

“When (Rus­sell) said it, I did say to him that it’d be worth the ten grand just to do Tim but as for the two oth­ers, they’re the fa­thers of my kids.”

Ms Mur­phy’s ev­i­dence at trial was the sub­ject of what Filip­pone’s so­lic­i­tor, Greg Walsh, de­scribed as a “with­er­ing” cross-ex­am­i­na­tion and many as­pects of her tes­ti­mony were in­con­sis­tent with other wit­nesses. Coroner Greg Ca- vanagh said in 2011 he was “sus­pi­cious” Ms Mur­phy knew more about Mr Mur­phy’s dis­ap­pear­ance than she had told the in­quest but said he could make no more ad­verse find­ings about her.

Mr Ko­belt said po­lice warned him in 2008 or 2009 there may be a hit out on him.

“I told (the de­tec­tive), ‘I’ve had a good time, if it’s go­ing to hap­pen, it’s go­ing to hap­pen’,” he told the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian.

Rus­sell died in 2010 and his deathbed con­fes­sion led to find­ing Mr Mur­phy’s body.

“If it’s go­ing to hap­pen, it’s go­ing to hap­pen”

Pre­vi­ously sup­pressed tes­ti­mony has re­vealed Tim Ko­belt may have been on an out­back killer’s hit list

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