Witness ‘paid’ to change evidence
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.