Bikies, debts, psychos and a horrible death in a tin box

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Bikies, debts, psychos and a horrible death in a tin box

June 05, 2009 12:00am

IN late January Sean Lawrence Waygood was taken to Parramatta police station, where he made a chilling confession about his involvement in the high-profile murder of Terry Falconer and the shooting of two other men.

The former army commando had been arrested with co-accused Anthony Perish after a raid at the Blues Cafe in McMahons Point three days earlier.

A police record of interview tendered in Central Local Court yesterday reveals his admission to a string of events detectives had been collecting files on for years as part of Strike Force Tuno.

The 38-year-old said he was one of three men who turned up to a smash repair shop in Ingleburn on the afternoon of November 16, 2001 where Falconer, a former bikie and drug dealer, was on work release from Silverwater prison.

Posing as detectives, two of them arrested and handcuffed Falconer after flashing fake police badges to the staff at the workshop.

They threw him into a VT Holden Commodore sedan similar to an unmarked police vehicle, where a man dressed in a phoney police uniform was waiting behind the steering wheel.

Waygood told police he went there "at the request of Anthony Perish . . . to reduce an outstanding monetary debt".

In the police interview recorded on January 22 he said he thought he would take Falconer to Perish, who wanted "to question him", and then return him to the shop.

But police allege Perish met up with Falconer's wife Elizabeth Falconer before her husband's murder and she told Perish her husband was to give evidence about the murder of Perish's grandparents Anthony Perish Sr, 91, and Frances Perish, 93, both shot dead in their Leppington home in 1993.

She showed him documents and Perish allegedly became "enraged", she told police.

The court documents show that Waygood said he drugged Falconer with chloroform and locked him in a large metal toolbox before taking him to a property in Turramurra where Perish was waiting with co-accused Mathew Lawton.

He told police he was worried "about Falconer as he had been in the box some time".

Waygood then allegedly complained to Perish about getting Falconer out as it was "pretty hot inside the box".

To which Perish allegedly said: "Are you f...ing with us or what?"

Waygood said Perish had "his hand on his gun and his eyes looked psychotic".

The men then drove the box, with Falconer in it, 198km to Brooks Rd, Girvan on the Mid-North Coast. Falconer was dead when the box was opened.

They dumped his body in the Hastings River at Wauchope, where it was found by fishermen on November 26.

Central Local Court was shut yesterday for "security reasons" while Waygood appeared to plead guilty to his involvement in the murder and two shootings.

He also admitted firing at a man at JB's Bar and Grill in Haymarket in a case of mistaken identity.

Waygood pleaded guilty to 10 charges including conspire and agree to murder, possess unregistered firearms, accessory after the fact to murder, kidnap and attempt to discharge loaded firearms.

Waygood yesterday also had 14 fresh charges laid against him in relation to a series of armed robberies at Sydney hotels between 2000 and 2008.

 Daily Telegraph



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