Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bandidos bikie a 'person of interest' in shooting of Jack Lee -

Eight Mile Plains shooting murder victim Jei Lee aka 'Jack' Lee

CARPARK SHOOTING: Eight Mile Plains shooting murder victim Jei Lee aka 'Jack' Lee. Source: The Courier-Mail

A BANDIDOS bikie who lied to Queensland's criminal watchdog about events surrounding the execution-style slaying of Jei "Jack" Lee remains a "person of interest" in the murder.

The Brisbane District Court was told Marko Cokaro was present when Mr Lee was shot in the head with a .22 calibre firearm in the carpark of a busy shopping centre on April 12 last year, but he was not the shooter.

Barrister Mal Harrison, for Cokaro, said: "It is said the shooter was with my client."

However, prosecutors said Cokaro remained a "person of interest" because he was one of two men seated inside a silver BMW car from which the shot that killed Mr Lee was fired during a botched drug deal.

Prosecutor Philip McCarthy said: "No one has been charged in relation to Ms Lee's murder."

"The two persons of interest (including Cokara) ... are the occupants of the silver BMW."

Cokara was on Monday jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty to perjuring himself twice during a Crime and Misconduct Commission hearing in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley on June 6.

Mr McCarthy said Cokara "struck at the heart of the criminal justice system" when he lied, under oath, to the CMC about not being present when Mr Lee was gunned down at the Warrigal Square shopping centre, at Eight Mile Plains on Brisbane's southside.

He said Cokara also lied by saying he was not the owner of a mobile phone used to arrange a drug deal with Mr Lee - who was looking to buy a quantity of cocaine for $17,000.

The court was told investigations revealed Cokara not only used the phone to broker the deal, but also used it to send text messages to his girlfriend and mother around the time of the shooting.

Judge Brad Farr, SC, ordered Cokara - who has already served more than eight months in pre-sentence custody - be released on parole in three weeks.

Outside court, Cokaro's solicitor, Adam Magill, said it was likely his client would again called by the CMC for another hearing upon his release from prison.

"We have grave concerns about (Cokaro) being called back for a second visit to the CMC," Mr Magill said.

It is highly likely Cokaro would face further charges and be returned to custody if the CMC believed he had not answered truthfully during any future hearing.

One of Cokara's alleged associates, Bogdan Cuic, fled the country just 19 hours after Lee's murder.

Another, Bosko Cuic, was jailed indefinitely on June 8 for refusing to answer questions at a coercive CMC hearing.


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