Top cops in blow-up

In­ves­ti­ga­tors on Wil­liam Tyrrell case try to re­solve dif­fer­ences

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON CRIME REPORTER

THE two lead homi­cide de­tec­tives work­ing on the search for miss­ing boy Wil­liam Tyrrell are to en­gage in a “con­flict res­o­lu­tion process” af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment about the case.

The in­ci­dent, wit­nessed by sev­eral of­fi­cers with dif­fer­ing ver­sions of the en­counter, in­volved De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Gary Jube­lin and the of­fi­cerin-charge of the case, De­tec­tive Sergeant Craig Lam­bert.

Both men are keen box­ers and ex­pe­ri­enced in mar­tial arts. Insp Jube­lin did not re­turn calls when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

One source said pa­pers were thrown on the ground and words ex­changed. Another claimed Sgt Lam­bert and Insp Jube­lin had taken hold of each other.

It’s un­der­stood nei­ther the de­tec­tives nor their col­leagues have made any of­fi­cial com­plaint about what tran­spired. Re­gard­less, of­fi­cials said ac­tion has been taken to re­solve the mat­ter.

“NSW Po­lice Force is man­ag­ing a con­flict res­o­lu­tion process fol­low­ing a ver­bal dis­agree­ment be­tween two of­fi­cers dur­ing an oper­a­tional brief­ing,” a po­lice spokesman said. “As pas­sion for the job is an im­per­a­tive trait for a de­tec­tive, ro­bust work­place dis­agree­ments are not un­com­mon.”

Insp Jube­lin and Sgt Lam­bert are two of the force’s most se­nior and re­spected of­fi­cers. Insp Jube­lin has a rep­u­ta­tion for straight-talk­ing and is beloved by vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing the be­reaved par­ents of Matthew Leve­son, whose re­mains were dis­cov­ered in Royal Na­tional Park last year, as a tena­cious in­ves­ti­ga­tor who’s pre­pared to be cre­ative in the search for an­swers.

Sgt Lam­bert is sim­i­larly re­spected and is un­der­stood to have writ­ten the orig­i­nal pol­icy for han­dling knife at­tacks against po­lice.

No trace has been found since Wil­liam Tyrrell, then aged three, went miss­ing from his grand­mother’s front yard near Ken­dall, in north­ern NSW, on Septem­ber 12, 2014.

A three-week search in June in­volv­ing dozens of po­lice was car­ried out in bush­land near Ken­dall to en­sure noth­ing was missed in ear­lier in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to rule out the chance of ac­ci­den­tal death.

The search con­cluded with a plan to progress the case to the coro­ner, a tech­nique that can ad­vance cases by us­ing coro­nial pow­ers to com­pel wit­nesses to ap­pear.

The Tyrrell in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been one of the most re­source-in­ten­sive cases of the past decade, at­tract­ing im­mense pub­lic at­ten­tion and pres­sure.

JUSTIN Hemmes was tar­geted by mem­bers of a co­caine de­liv­ery syn­di­cate who hatched a plan to get in with the bar boss in the delu­sional hope of sell­ing co­caine in his clubs.

Hemmes and his PR rep did not re­turn calls yes­ter­day but The Snitch un­der­stands the deal­ers’ pipedream had no chance of be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

There’s no sug­ges­tion Hemmes knew of the plan or would ever en­ter­tain such an idea.

The deal­ers got the idea when one of the syn­di­cate’s driv­ers de­liv­ered a bag of co­caine to a per­son who worked as a se­nior mem­ber in Hemmes’ hos­pi­tal­ity em­pire Merivale, ac­cord­ing to July 2015 po­lice ma­te­rial seen by The Snitch.

Re­al­is­ing the cus­tomer worked for Hemmes, the de­liv­ery driver called his boss and sug­gested there might be a chance of forg­ing a busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Merivale if they chucked in a few ex­tra bags or grams.

The ex­cited dealer told his boss his ul­ti­mate dream was to meet Hemmes him­self.

“I want him to know who I am,” he told his boss. The deal­ers were jailed last year af­ter plead­ing guilty and The Snitch has cho­sen not to iden­tify them so we can tell this story. Their other cus­tomers in­cluded a TV celebrity and the head lawyer for one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest restau­rant em­pires.


THERE’S a lawyer at the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions who might want to re­take the cy­ber se­cu­rity class.

That’s be­cause he un­wit­tingly sent a dick pic to a very large pool of peo­ple. The Snitch won’t pub­licly shame the lawyer in ques­tion, who didn’t an­swer our calls yes­ter­day.

The of­fend­ing image was sent out on the mes­sag­ing app Tele­gram, which en­ables en­cryp­tion.

The prob­lem? When you join Tele­gram it sends a mes­sage to all your phone’s con­tacts who also use the app, an­nounc­ing you’ve signed up and dis­play­ing a pro­file pic­ture — in this case a very naked man in a very con­fronting pose. The Snitch sus­pects the lawyer was us­ing the app to fur­ther his love life and didn’t know about the mes­sag­ing fea­ture. One le­gal

con­tact sug­gested we use the head­line: “I hear you were ex­posed to a dif­fer­ent mem­ber of the le­gal fra­ter­nity.”

Don’t give up your day job.


The Snitch had the un­for­tu­nate task this week of break­ing the news to a shocked mother that her son was fac­ing charges of sell­ing drugs to po­lice­man Daniel Hadley — son of broad­caster Ray.

Shaquille Sione Moubayed, 20, who lives at home with his mum, was ar­rested on the night of Au­gust 3, mo­ments af­ter al­legedly sell­ing Con­sta­ble Hadley co­caine at a north­west Syd­ney pub.

Hadley, who was charged with drug pos­ses­sion, had been on the radar of NSW Po­lice Force’s Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Com­mand be­fore his ar­rest.

His al­leged dealer, Moubayed, was al­legedly found with 7.5 grams of co­caine in his car and a wad of cash.

Moubayed, who was charged with drug pos­ses­sion and sup­ply, was granted bail but ne­glected to tell his mother when he ar­rived home.

“My son hasn’t told me any­thing,” his shocked mother said last week.

“He has never ever been in trou­ble be­fore. I didn’t bring him up that way.”

Moubayed was a tal­ented f foot­baller in his teenage years b be­fore tak­ing up full-time work at F Flem­ing­ton Mar­kets.

He is due to face Black­town L Lo­cal Court on Septem­ber 10.


There has been a chang­ing of the guard at NSW’s in­ves­tiga­tive nerve cen­tre, the State Crime Com­mand (SCC).

Since Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller started the “re-en­gi­neer­ing”, a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced and re­spected in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been leav­ing the build­ing.

The SCC ex­o­dus started last year with re­spected Homi­cide Squad De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor An­gelo Mem­molo, who led the Lindt Cafe siege in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fol­lowed by Rob­bery and Se­ri­ous Crime Squad boss De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Mur­ray Chap­man.

Drugs and Firearms Squad head De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Peter McEr­lain and Or­gan­ised Crime Squad com­man­der De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Tony Cooke are both on ex­tended leave.

A shake-up at SCC last De­cem­ber merged some squads and meant com­man­ders had to ap­ply for their roles. One ben­e­fi­ciary was De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Deb Wal­lace, whose Gangs Squad merged with the Mid­dle East­ern Or­gan­ised Crime Squad last year to be­come the Crim­i­nal Groups Squad.


There is a ru­mour do­ing the rounds about a crim­i­nal lawyer with cheeky way of pinch­ing clients from his com­peti­tors.

We’re told the lawyer vis­its jail on his week­ends and sits down with in­mates be­fore de­liv­er­ing a very com­pelling sales pitch.

It starts with the lawyer say­ing “some­one has paid me a lot of money to come and visit you, but they are so high up the crim­i­nal hi­er­ar­chy that I can’t re­veal their iden­tity”. The al­leged mys­tery crime boss wants the crim­i­nal to be rep­re­sented by the lawyer.

The catch is there is no mys­tery crime fig­ure and the lawyer is trawl­ing the jails on week­ends.

This ploy has worked a num­ber of times and in­fu­ri­ated more than a few ri­val lawyers.


Six months in and we’re told the ranks of the state’s crown pros­e­cu­tors are happy with Chris Maxwell QC at the helm.

Maxwell took the job of se­nior crown pros­e­cu­tor in March af­ter Mark Tedeschi QC va­cated the role to go to the pri­vate bar.

One crown told The Snitch Maxwell’s in­clu­sive ap­proach is ap­pre­ci­ated and he set the tone early into his time in the top job by send­ing an email to the pros­e­cu­tor’s floor ask­ing for feed­back.

Gary Jube­lin

Wil­liam Tyrrell.

Bar tsar Justin Hemmes.

One le­gal ea­gle has left him­self ex­posed.

Deb Wal­lace.

Ray Hadley with son Daniel.

Chris Maxwell QC leav­ing court with a col­league.

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