Roger Rogerson shot Jamie Gao dead over a botched drug deal, pointed a pistol at his co-accused and made threats against his children, but then went to his home for a “light-hearted” chat about family pets and dodgy vets, a court has heard.
Glen McNamara on Friday told a NSW Supreme Court jury how he had been forced to help move Gao’s body after Rogerson shot him twice following an expletive-laden stand-off over the exchange of a package of drugs at a Padstow storage unit in May 2014.
McNamara, the court has heard, stepped back and hid under a table when he saw Rogerson level his gun at Mr Gao.
But moments after shooting the allegedly triad-connected drug dealer, Rogerson swung his aim onto McNamara.
With his gun pointed directly at McNamara’s head, Rogerson demanded help moving Mr Gao’s body.
“I’ll do you. Get up and help you weak c*** or you will be on the floor next to him,” McNamara said he was told by Rogerson.
“Do as I tell you or I’ll kill your girls.”
“Terrified”, “stunned” and fearing for his life and that of his two daughters, aged 20 and 22 at the time, McNamara decided to go along with Rogerson’s plan to dispose of Mr Gao’s body, he told the court on Friday.
McNamara was sent to fetch something from the car to help them do so and returned with a busted surf board bag, he said.
Rogerson struggled to stuff Mr Gao’s body into the bag.
“This is s***house. Get rid of it,” McNamara said he was told.
The men eventually lifted Mr Gao’s body into a car and drove to the Cronulla unit block where McNamara lived and stored his boat.
According to McNamara, Rogerson said “we’ll put the c*** in your boat” and the pair went and hired a block and tackle to hoist Mr Gao’s remains into the vessel.
After relocating the body, Rogerson told McNamara he wanted to speak to his “lovely daughters” in what the jury was told was a menacing tone.
McNamara then told Rogerson he didn’t need to speak to the girls.
“I said ‘I’ve got the message’,” McNamara said on Friday.
The men then went to McNamara’s unit and sat at a table drinking a few beers.
“It was a friendly conversation,” McNamara said.
“We spoke about our pet cat and we spoke about how Rogerson knew a vet that charged too much money to look after people’s animals.”
After about an hour of generally light-hearted conversation, at which McNamara’s eldest daughter was present, Rogerson asked McNamara if they were going fishing early the next day.
“We’ll get rid of that c*** in the morning,” McNamara said he was told by Rogerson.
Mr Gao’s body was spotted by fishermen on May 26, 2014, wrapped in a surfboard bag and a blue tarpaulin, bobbing in waters off Cronulla.
The crown case is the two men, who accuse each other of killing Mr Gao, shot the alleged drug dealer and stuffed his remains into a surfboard bag before dumping it at sea.
The trial continues.