Corruption linked to investigation of anti-gay crimes in Sydney as third inquest into death of 27-year-old American ends

A gay-hate basher who claims two policemen beat false confessions out of him in the 1980s has denied giving them a $50,000 bribe, as the third inquest into the death of Scott Johnson came to a dramatic climax. In a further twist, the witness admitted that at least one of the corrupt officers had attended his wedding.

Now in his 40s, the witness confessed to bashing homosexuals when he was a teenager but denied killing Johnson, whose naked body was found at the base of a North Head cliff near Manly on Saturday 10 December 1988. The witness is among a procession of convicted and alleged gay bashers from the Narrabeen area who have denied killing the 27-year-old American.

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