Two old men emerge from a shed in Sydney, carrying a surfboard bag. In it, almost certainly, is the body of a university student and alleged drug dealer, Jamie Gao, found later that week floating in the harbour. “Almost certainly”, because the three men were captured on CCTV walking into the shed, and only two and a bag emerged.
One of the two is the infamous Roger Rogerson, 73, a rotten cop and former detective who served two prison terms in the ’70s and ’80s but who in the past decade managed to claw his way back to some kind of larrikin hero status, harking back to a nostalgic past when crime was simple and real men were in charge. Rogerson wrote a book, did talk tours and had a “reputational resurgence”, said the Sydney Morning Herald’s editor. But the glamour is gone with the news he was involved in a $3 million drug deal that went wrong.