Paranoid cop killer
PARANOID gunman Ricky Maddison believed Senior Constable Brett Forte and his wife Susie were out to get him, complaining to friends he was being unfairly targeted by police.
Maddison would go on to shoot and kill Brett on May 29, 2017, after luring police down a dirt track and opening fire on them with an SKS assault rifle.
The inquest into the deaths of the police officer and Maddison – who was later gunned down by specialist officers – heard Maddison had been threatening police for 10 years.
THE wife of slain police officer Brett Forte has been ordered to provide a new statement into the inquest of his death after new information emerged, including a “three-hour conspiracy conference” of the tactical crime squad.
In a sensational development yesterday, barrister Troy Schmidt and solicitor Calvin Gnech – who are representing other police officers – asked that Susie Forte leave the inquest while they made an application to the court. Coroner Terry Ryan allowed Ms Forte to stay in the court. Mr Schmidt and Mr Gnech then made an application that the coroner order Ms Forte disclose any extra evidence she has, after they said new information was raised via cross-examination by Ms Forte’s barrister David Funch that their clients were not aware of before. This included one officer using the encrypted application Wickr, allegedly inappropriate communications with “human sources” and a “threehour conspiracy conference” behind closed doors with tactical crime squad officers after Mr Forte’s shooting. It also included a text message between Sen Const Forte and his wife, and information Ms Forte recalls about conversations her husband had with other police officers.
“Parties should not be ambushed and quite importantly we are here informed of the issues that are before the inquest that your honour wishes to consider,” Mr Gnech said. “And how the parties inform themselves of the limits or the relevance of those particular issues is via the material via the brief of evidence that is disclosed to us.” They submitted Ms Forte be required to give additional information via a statement or interview. Mr Funch said it was a ridiculous proposition that the police officers be given an opportunity to hear what he would crossexamine them about. He said at least 90 per cent of information had already been disclosed.
The coroner ruled Ms Forte give further evidence via an additional statement and adjourned the inquest until Thursday.