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Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2mill. ICAC Deputy Commissioner Hamilton receives formal complaint

A formal complaint that the Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2 million has been sent to Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Deputy Commissioner Theresa Hamilton and to Sharon Loder who is Executive Director of ICAC’s Investigation Division. The same complaint was also sent CC to Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

I made a complaint regarding judicial bribery last year and that was swept under the carpet by ICAC. But let’s see what ICAC do with the $2.2 million Mafia judicial bribery that was reported in the mainstream media in July 2015.

A copy of the complaint is below:

Sent: Wednesday, 11 May 2016 2:56 PM
Cc: ‘ICAC’ <>;
Subject: Formal complaint – Perceived bias by Megan Latham so matter to be dealt with by someone else – NSW judges taking bribes off the mafia as confirmed by Justice David Davies

Dear Deputy Commissioner Theresa Hamilton and Sharon Loder – Executive Director, Investigation Division

I am writing to both of you to make a formal complaint regarding NSW judges taking bribes off the Mafia which was reported by Fairfax Media publications, their websites such as, and also the ABC’s Four Corners program in July 2015. NSW Supreme Court judge David Davies has also confirmed in court that NSW judges have taken bribes off the mafia. Some of the evidence is set out below and covers four key pieces of evidence.

  1. NSW judicial officers taking bribes off the Mafia as reported by Fairfax Media
  2. NSW judicial officers taking bribes off the Mafia as reported by the ABC’s Four Corners program
  3. Justice David Davies confirming, in court on the 30th November 2015, that NSW Judges have taken bribes off the Mafia.
  4. Justice David Davies has also confirmed in a judgment, published on the 4/12/15, that it is common practice that Supreme Court judges do not give reasons when they have secret hearings (ex parte hearings) for one party and issue orders for that party. Any lawyer will tell you that this is clear admission of systemic corruption and needs to be urgently investigated.

I have a lot more evidence but the above is explosive enough to warrant a public investigation by ICAC. I do note that the head of ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham is a former District Court judge and NSW Supreme Court judge and therefore it is a given she should stand aside from having anything to do with this matter as she herself would be a suspect for taking bribes when she was a judge and also perceived bias in that she will look after her friends who are still judges. Also, in a conversation that I had with ICAC employee Nechal Dhillon on the 14/7/15 she made it very clear that ICAC intended to cover-up judicial bribery in NSW which I assume what she said was on the direction of Megan Latham. Below is some of the key evidence.

1 & 2. Fairfax Media and the ABC’s Four Corners program reveal Mafia judicial bribes

I wrote about the Mafia judicial bribe on the 7th July 2015 in an article titled “Top secret police report says Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2m. Some corrupt judges named” and the relevant part is:

The Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2m a top secret police report alleges, Fairfax Media (The SMH and The Age) reported last night (6/7/15). The secret police report was not leaked to Fairfax Media for no reason and there will be a lot of people in the NSW legal fraternity having heart attacks as they know the game is up.

The timing of the leak is perfect for this website and my complaint about corrupt NSW judges to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The Fairfax Media report titled “$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged in top-secret police reports” says:

“An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences, top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.”

and: “One report described how NSW police gathered information in 2003 that Mafia figures in Griffith – the group’s traditional stronghold – had been “receiving information from a person connected to the police in Griffith and the court”.”

“It is alleged that a Sydney based IOC [Italian Organised Crime] member received light sentences in the past because he paid off [Sydney] judges, costing approximately $2.2 million.”

One judge has apparently since retired but there are others who are still judges who also took the bribes off the mafia. (Click here to read the full article)

3. Justice David Davies – Confirms Mafia judicial bribe

I wrote about Justice Davies confirming the Mafia judicial bribe in an article I published on the 31st January 2016 which its titled “Justice David Davies confirms $2.2mill Mafia bribe & systemic corruption in NSW Supreme Court”. The relevant section in that article is:

In July last year Fairfax Media (The SMH and The Age) and the ABC (Four Corners) reported that a top-secret police report alleged the Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2 million.

This clearly required an immediate and direct response from our political leaders and authorities. No one has said anything. They all seem to be hoping if they ignore it the scandal will go away and the public will forget.

I wrote to Megan Latham who is the Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) regarding the $2.2 million bribe and other judicial corruption. Ms Latham did not respond which is not a surprise given she was a NSW District judge and NSW Supreme Court judge and therefore a possible recipient of the Mafia bribe.

On the 30th November 2015 I raised the NSW Mafia Bribe in court before Justice David Davies and I hit the jackpot.

Justice Davies said the bribe took place “30 or 40 years ago” in a clear attempt to downplay it as old news. I responded words to the effect “it didn’t happen that long ago as one of the judges had only recently retired and there are other judges still on the bench”. Justice Davies then sat there like a stunned mullet and said nothing.

But what Justice David Davies said did confirm that the $2.2 Judicial / Mafia bribe did take place and Justice Davies is the first government official to make any comment on the matter. Although the fact that Justice Davies was trying to conceal the bribe by downplaying it should be disturbing to every law enforcement officer and politician. And what else does Justice Davies know about the bribe and who else knows? (Click here for the full article)

4. Justice David Davies – Confirms systemic corrupt conduct by judges in NSW Supreme Courts

Every person in the legal fraternity and most members of the public know that judges have to give reasons and publish the reasons. It’s common law. That is what is meant to keep judges honest and accountable. There is no excuse for not giving reasons.

Justice Davies said in a judgment handed down on the 4th December 2015 that: “it is the practice of the Court where an ex parte injunction is sought as matter of some urgency that reasons are not given.” (See paragraph 20 – Munsie v Dowling (No. 7) [2015] NSWSC 1832)

Anyone in the legal fraternity will tell you without a doubt that this is clear admission of corrupt conduct by judges. Every judge including Justice Davies knows they have to give reasons. Justice Davies saying that “it is the practice of the Court” “that reasons are not given” does not make it legal and he knows it.

Another article on my website with relevant evidence is titled “ICAC’s Megan Latham covers up Mafia $2.2 million judicial bribe & other corruption” which was published on the 19th July 2015. (Click here to read the article)


I have a lot more evidence than the above although the above alone is more than enough for ICAC to have a full and open public inquiry. It clearly shows systemic corruption.

As already mentioned Megan Latham should have nothing to do with the enquiry given her previous positions as a District and later a Supreme Court judge. ICAC employee Nechal Dhillon should also have nothing to do with the complaint as she has made it very clear she is part of an effort by elements within ICAC to cover up the Mafia bribing NSW judges.

I have further evidence and I am more than happy to meet in the future to go through all the relevant evidence. Please respond ASAP. As this matter is clearly in the public interest I will be publishing this letter on my judicial corruption website Kangaroo Court of Australia.


Shane Dowling

Kangaroo Court of Australia

Mafia bribing judges should also be a federal election issue because if the Mafia bribe NSW judges it is almost guaranteed they are bribing judges in other states. I will see what I can do to make it a federal issue over the next 7 weeks of the election campaign. But first I will give ICAC and Deputy Commissioner Theresa Hamilton some time to respond to the above email and see what they have to say.

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13 replies »

  1. megan latham is as crooked as they come -I know from personal experience -it is the number one qualification for being head of ICAC.

  2. 2.2 mill per Judge would seem worth it, but really, 2.2 divided up? Are our Judges that poorly paid? The Mafia must be laughing at the bargain basement Judges we have in this country.

  3. Nothing surprises anymore. This but the tip of the iceberg! We need proper anti-corruption laws for a start. Then, and here’s the hard part, good governance, a complete review of the political and legal frameworks, role of vested interests and courts, tribunals, judges, etc., etc. In my lifetime? Best way is for all like-minded individuals to link together – a push from the bottom up the only way forward! The problem is massive – but not insurmountable!

    • Anne, I would be glad to be a part of such a push. The unfortunate part is, I could not organise such a thing by myself. If it can be started, I will join in for the sake of the elderly people of my country.

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