Police hope for breakthrough from Chopper’s TV confession
POLICE are viewing the unedited tape of an interview with the infamous Mark "Chopper" Read to see if it offers new leads into the 2002 disappearance of former Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Sidney Michael Collins.
In an interview aired on Channel Nine last night, Read, who died recently, claims he killed Collins in Casino in 2002, while Read was on a spoken word tour with former AFL star Mark "Jacko" Jackson.
In the interview, Read claims he killed Collins for revealing Read had shot him in the stomach in 1992. Read served six years in jail for that shooting.
"You can't go dobbing people in just for a minor shooting," he says in the interview. "I shot him in the guts and took him to hospital. It was a petty offence."
Read claimed he killed Collins with with the bikie boss's own gun.
Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay from the Richmond LAC said they are investigating Read's claims.
"We're looking at that interview. Unfortunately with Mr Read now being deceased we are unable to examine a lot of what he said. But we will look at what was contained in the interview, both in what was transmitted and also in the un-edited version."
Dect Insp Lindsay said Read was interviewed in the investigation in to Collins disappearance.