IBAC held public examinations from 4 February to 1 March 2019 into alleged serious misconduct involving Victoria Police officers in relation to certain aspects of the investigation into the murders of Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller.
In November 2017, IBAC commenced an inquiry into police conduct in the Victoria Police investigation of the murders of Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller in 1998, following the receipt of new information. The investigation, known as Operation Gloucester progressed to public examinations.
The hearings were open to the public.
The examinations focused on:
- the Lorimer task force investigation of the murders of Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller, concerning:
- the taking of witness statements
- the preparation of the brief of evidence for the trial of Bandali Debs and Jason Roberts (the trial)
- whether there was full disclosure of witness statements or other relevant information prior to or during the trial
- witness statement taking practices by Victoria Police
- compliance with the obligation to disclose evidence by Victoria Police.
IBAC Commissioner, The Honourable Robert Redlich QC presided at the examinations. Counsel assisting was Mr Jack Rush QC with Ms Catherine Boston of the Victorian Bar.
A special report on IBAC's Operation Gloucester is published on this website, along with Victoria Police's response to IBAC recommendations.