Wit­ness ‘paid’ to change ev­i­dence

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - CRIME RE­PORTER

A FOR­MER Broth­ers For Life gang­ster al­legedly promised a wit­ness $200,000 if he changed his ev­i­dence to keep the thug out of jail.

But the jury in Michael Odisho’s shoot­ing trial re­jected the wit­ness’s ev­i­dence and handed down a guilty ver­dict in­stead. The wit­ness, who was also the victim in the case, still pock­eted $23,000 for try­ing, po­lice al­lege.

Odisho is among five peo­ple who have been charged in the past week by the Mid­dle East­ern Or­gan­ised Crime Squad (MEOCS) over an al­leged con­spir­acy to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

Odisho, a wannabe rap­per with a teardrop tat­too, was a mem­ber of the Broth­ers For Life gang’s Bankstown chap­ter be­fore its demise in 2014.

Last year, he faced a NSW District Court trial charged over the shoot­ing of the wit­ness, an­other gang mem­ber, in Bass Hill in Fe­bru­ary, 2013.

The wit­ness, who legally can­not be iden­ti­fied, skimmed $7000 worth of co­caine off the gang’s drug sup­ply and was kneecapped as a con­se­quence.

Odisho was not the shooter but han­dled the gun, and was in the car with the man who pulled the trig­ger.

The con­spir­acy charges re­late to al­le­ga­tions Odisho paid the victim $23,000 to change his ev­i­dence from his ini­tial po­lice state­ment.

Po­lice will al­lege Odisho of­fered the wit­ness a fur­ther $200,000 if he was ac­quit­ted.

The wit­ness did tell the court Odisho had noth­ing to do with shoot­ing him three times in the legs. Re­gard­less, the jury found Odisho, 31, guilty any­way.

Po­lice will al­lege Odisho or­gan­ised cash pay­ment to the wit­ness, who was in jail at the time. The victim’s girl­friend al­legedly re­ceived the money on his be­half.

The girl­friend, the victim and three as­so­ciates who al­legedly helped with the trans­ac­tion are all due to ap­pear in Down­ing Cen­tre Lo­cal Court on Novem­ber 15 to face charges of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a crim­i­nal group.

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