Policeman SENSATIONALLY Admits To Lawyer X Sex Romp
A policeman who had a sexual relationship with 'Lawyer X' Nicola Gobbo believes it's a logical motive that she would want to provide information against the man whose drug trafficking left her with a criminal record.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall had an "episode of physical intimacy" with Ms Gobbo after becoming involved with her as a police source in the mid-1990s.
He told a royal commission into police use of informers that their relationship was later more social than professional.
Senior Sgt Argall helped register the snitching criminal lawyer, then an aspiring solicitor, in 1995 when she offered police information against her drug trafficking lover Brian Wilson.
Less than two years earlier she had wound up in court charged with possession and use of cannabis and amphetamines when police raided the home she shared with Wilson in a trafficking sting.
"Maybe she saw that he was the reason why she was in trouble initially," Sen Sgt Argall said on Monday.
"It's a logical motive. If (an informer) sees an opportunity to provide information ... that's not an uncomm
He saw Ms Gobbo as a reliable informer but acknowledged her enthusiasm might have been an issue.
The operation targeting Wilson was called off around the time a report by future assistant commissioner Jack Blayney described Ms Gobbo as a "loose cannon".
At one point Ms Gobbo had surged ahead of a covert operation, making up a character to be played by a covert operative to target Wilson, forcing officers to "run with it".
The detective had a social relationship with Ms Gobbo, attended police balls, lunches at court, dinners and in 1997 there was an "episode of physical intimacy".
Her inappropriate relationships with police officers have
Former assistant commissioner Jeff Pope, who was Ms Gobbo's handler during her second period of informing from 1999 to early 2000, is set to return to the witness box on Tuesday.
He had trouble on Monday recalling some meetings with Ms Gobbo and was only able to give a "very vague recollection" that she was "ken to assist and seemed to be reliable" as a source.