The Courier-Mail

Paranoid cop killer

- KATE KYRIACOU THOMAS CHAMBERLIN

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.

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