Criminal in the ranks?
One of Lucien’s police colleagues becomes a suspect in the murder of a French chef
The Ballarat Police nd themselves investigating one of their own when a French chef is found dead in a restaurant freezer. Sergeant Bill Hobart had been at the restaurant during the night to lead a spontaneous police raid there, which turned violent.
Hobart (David Whiteley) by his own admission reveals that he handed out some punishment and seeing as Philippe looks to have been bashed Hobart is now rmly in the spotlight. It raises many questions about why the raid was carried out and what made Hobart so aggressive.
Before Lucien (Craig McLachlan) can examine the dead body he has to wait for it to thaw, so other inquiries are made. The police nd out that rumours about Philippe have been circulating for a long time. The suspicion is that he was gay and possibly in a relationship with Henry (Felix Nobis), the restaurant’s owner who has just returned to town.
Henry basically admits as much to the police, leading Lawson (Joel Tobeck) and Charlie (Charlie Cousins) to suspect homophobia might be the motive. Things aren’t looking any better for Hobart as Lucien’s autopsy results seem to incriminate him further.
It is a difficult case for Lucien and the team who now must try to treat one of their own as they would any other suspect. Could someone they know and trust be capable of murder?
The rumour mill is also going into overdrive about Lucien and Jean’s (Nadine Garner) relationship. While the pair have maintained a very respectable situation within the home where Jean was once just Lucien’s housekeeper, the town gossips are suggesting otherwise.
Jean is copping much of the unfair comments and it is putting a damper on what should be a happy time for this newly engaged couple. Will their love nd a way?
OUT COLD Dr Blake (Craig McLachlan) looks at the body of chef Philippe, which was found in a restaurant freezer. ABC SEVERE Senior Sergeant Bill Hobart (David Whiteley) gets tough with Phillipe during a raid at the restaurant.
SUBJECTS OF GOSSIP Jean (Nadine Garner) and Lucien. TVS