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More on the history of G4S security boss Kerry McNamara

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments



Nick Papps | Herald Sun

A POLICE sergeant sacked over charges of bashing, robbery and theft of drugs has been allowed to walk free.

A Herald Sun investigation reveals the officer, Kerry McNamara, has escaped any criminal charges despite internal police charges branding him unethical and disgraceful.

A confidential 18-page police disciplinary report on Mr McNamara, 46, obtained by the Herald Sun, outlines the internal charges against him.

It says:

“You have consistently assaulted members of the public, stolen their money and stolen any drug material you found on them.

“Your behavior has been without regard for the law or the rights of members of the public, and has been completely unethical.”

Police said yesterday there was not enough evidence to charge Mr McNamara, a former SAS soldier, with any criminal offence.

It has also emerged that Mr McNamara organised the infamous Tasty nightclub raid in 1994, which cost police $10 million in compensation after 450 patrons were strip-searched.

He was earlier kicked out of the police Special Operations Group for bastardisation after shocking recruits with a stun gun and shooting paint balls at their bare buttocks.

Mr McNamara’s time in the SOG included shooting dead an armed robber and arresting a murder suspect after hitting him in the face with a pistol.

Mr McNamara was made an acting sergeant with the SOG because of his SAS background.

In 1979 he was drummed out of the Western Australian police force after only three months after a drink-driving car accident in which several people were killed.

Mr McNamara’s disciplinary charge notice covers incidents from 1994 to 1998 and includes charges he:

  • HAD an affair with a prostitute he was investigating and recommended charges against her be dropped, calling her 211 times in four months.
  • ILLEGALLY entered houses and stole drugs and money.
  • OBTAINED cash from police coffers by drawing payments for a fictitious informer.
  • REGULARLY strip-searched, bashed and stole cash and heroin from teenagers.

Mr McNamara refused to appear before a police disciplinary hearing and did not supply any evidence to refute the criminal allegations.

He was sacked in late 1998 but no criminal charges were ever laid and he was paid his superannuation.

Police spokesman Kevin Loomes yesterday said the Office of Public Prosecutions had said “there was no reasonable prospect of conviction”.

“We followed all procedures,” he said. “The bottom line is, he was dismissed from the police force.

“Anyone we suspect of corruption will be dealt with swiftly.”

The OPP yesterday declined to comment.

The Ombudsman’s office said the lack of witnesses would have made it difficult to gain a conviction.

“It’s just appalling. Here was a member running rampant, but there was a serious credibility problem with witnesses,” acting assistant Ombudsman Brian Hardiman said.

“A lot of the alleged incidents occurred with no independent witnesses.

“There’s nothing more that could have been done. It’s extremely disappointing.”

But Mr Hardiman said some of Mr McNamara’s senior officers had been disciplined and counselled by their superiors.

“There’s no doubt there’s been a failure of police managers and superiors that allowed him to do what he’s done,” Mr Hardiman said.

“It was just extremely bad management.”

A police investigator told the Herald Sun Mr McNamara was uncontrollable.

“No one could tell him what to do,” he said. “He did what he liked when he liked.

“He should have been kicked out when he was with the SOG. There was a lack of resolve.”

  1. feekay
    November 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

    There’s a time and station in life when we must say “Be. And Let Be”. McNamara might sound like something or somebody out of James Bond-007. MAY be G4S modus operandi in risky environments fits the job decriptions and requirements that can best be done by or better suites people with experience and the hide to challenge the lackadisical security norm we often see in PNG. G4S says he’s ok and fits the company’s bill in job he has been brought to fill. G4S also says Melbourne (and the police) is now in the past tense, finito! If McNam.. has passed the security and character checks required and enforced by PNG authorities, may be we can’t utterly blame G4S for employing him. There’s a whole population of PNG employess with G4S that are putting food on the table in their households and sending their kids to school to get an education.

    Human beings have an astonishing capacity and capability to change (for better or worse). McNamara’s metamorphisis may be complete for the better if he has left the past behind.If his engagement and assignment in PNG is contributing to his becoming a better and decent human being he may look back after he has left and say PNG contributed to his latter day level headedness. Be, and let be!

  2. piango
    November 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    He looks eminently qualified to work in PNG, a country where the grand theft of public money by leading citizens is an everyday occurrence. A pity that G4S is not contracted to sort out the corrupt and bastardly behaviour of the elite on behalf of the poor old rural majority.

  3. Bradley
    November 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Here is a FB post from a gent who claims to know McNamara, it doent sound as if this leopard has changed its spots: ” I know this idiot Kerry McNamara personally very very well… He is a racist, sexist & bigoted pig of a man who was forced to leave the Victoria Police in shame after many many major mistakes… He was forced out of the Elite Special Operations Group of the Victoria Police for shooting naked recruits in the buttocks during training… He was responsible for the “Tasty Nightclub” Incident here in Melbourne (Look it up) … PNG – this man is trouble for any person employed on Manus at this refugee camp… Throw this racist & bigoted bastard out of PNG now”.

  4. David Cook
    April 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I also worked for the pr**k at Melbourne Airport, and at the time couldn’t work out how he could of been employed by Group 4 Securitas, and “allowed the run of the airport”, You have to wonder, IF, there is a “tie in” between Him, and the alleged Drug running thru the “Baggage Handlers” (remember Shappelle Corby, maintaining the bags full of gear weren’t her’s…..Just maybe she was right???)
    He was an arrogant SOB, and everyone KNEW he was “trouble”, and that was before ANYONE KNEW his background!….. The Old saying was, Security???? Who’s Policing the Security??? When Corruption is at the top it runs down!…Correct???!!!???….
    Food for thought!

  5. Walter ponameh
    February 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Worked for the guy he seems to be a great guy, no offence against all that had been mentioned already. People do change over time. And I guess he did and that’s why he is were he is now.

  1. February 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

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