Case 40

John Newman

*** Content Warning: gun violence ***

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta was a hotbed for criminal activity. Heroin use was rife and users flocked to the area looking for their next fix. As was to be expected, the drug epidemic resulted in an increase in violent crime, including gangs, home invasions, robberies, extortions, kidnappings, and worse.

Local politician John Newman was eager to clean up Cabramatta’s reputation. He helped form a campaign to combat organised crime amongst Asian gangs, including the T5 Gang. But when John started receiving death threats, his failure to take them seriously ultimately led to tragedy.



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