“..Curley’s family knew the truth – their son wasn’t a P cook but an inventor who died, aged 25 – when a pneumatic long-line launcher he was building exploded in March, 2011.
But the police wouldn’t have a bar of it.
When Geoff Curley heard of his son’s death he flew back from Thailand where he worked in construction.
Detective Senior Sergeant Al Symonds told him the incident had been caused by his son manufacturing methamphetamine -
- and that, legally, the police were able to make an example to deter others from doing the same thing.
“He was frothing at the mouth . . . he wasn’t interested in the truth,” Geoff Curley said.
“I asked what proof he had and he said ‘listen mate, I’ve been doing this for 30 years I know what a P-lab is’.”
Police released a statement to media a few days later linking Clint Curley to the offending.
“It is evident that Mr Curley was in the process of manufacturing an illicit drug when a chemical process went wrong resulting in the explosion that killed him,” Symonds said.
After Curley died, his mate, Keith Gallagher, who owned a one-bedroom unit and a shed in rural Glenbrook – was charged with permitting his premises to be used for drug offending.
The trial started last week, but on Friday defence lawyer Shane Cassidy brought an application before the judge to dismiss the charge -
- and it took only minutes for the case to be thrown out and the jury discharged…”
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