Gangland killer Carl Williams was let out of jail for
Christmas and told he would be eligible for a $1 million
reward before linking former detective Paul Dale to a double
murder, an inquest has been told.
Police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine were
found murdered in their Melbourne home in 2004, shortly
before Mr Hodson was due to give evidence in a criminal trial
against Mr Dale.
Mr Dale and convicted killer Rodney Collins were accused of
the murders but the charges were dropped after Williams was
killed in prison.
Mr Dale's barrister Geoffrey Steward told a coronial inquest
into the Hodsons' death today police and prosecutors had been
involved in an "obsessional pursuit" of his client for more
than a decade.
In seeking to prevent his client being forced to give
evidence at the inquest, Mr Steward said Williams' claim that
Mr Dale paid to have Mr Hodson killed was the only basis for
the murder charge.
The convicted killer had been given incentives and
inducements before making the claim, Mr Steward told the
Victorian Coroners Court.
He said Williams was let out of prison to spend Christmas
with his father George Williams, told his father's $750,000
tax debt would be forgiven, and told he would be made
eligible for a $1 million reward linked to the Hodsons'
Mr Steward said it was "almost inconceivable" murder charges
would be laid on the word of a "totally disreputable" killer.