An office of police integrity (OPI) hearing has heard taped evidence of phone conversations between disgraced former drug squad detective Paul Dale-a suspect in the murders of Terrence and Christine Hodson- and Det-Sergeant Denis Linehan.
The inquiry has heard a series of secretly recorded phone conversations in which it was alleged Det-Sgt Linehan shared information with Mr Dale about Taskforce Petra, which is probing the double murder
Det-Sergeant Linehan said he didn’t believe Mr Dale was involved in any of the crimes.’
“I was a mate before all this happened and I’m a mate now,” Det-Sergeant Linehan said.
Det-Sergeant Linehan, stationed at Flemington CIB, said he provided an alibi for Mr Dale on the weekend that the Hodsons were gunned down at their East Kew home.
Det-Sergeant Linehan said he believed Mr Dale was a victim of the police ethical standards department.
“ESD have ruined Paul Dale’s life,” he said.
In another tape played to the hearing Det-Sergeant Linehan is heard discussing an alibi in relation to a West Australian detective.
Det-Sergeant Linehan said he only mentioned the word alibi because broadcaster Derryn Hinch had made on on air comment that Mr Dale was using a WA policeman as one of his alibi witnesses.
The police watchdog has accused Paul Dale of using serving officers to interfere with an inquiry into the 2004 killing.