The Fixer: The Rise and Fall of Australian Drug Lord Robert Trimbole
While Trimbole went about his daily business virtually unchallenged, one local politician launched a campaign of his own against him.
Donald Bruce MacKay was born and raised in
Very community-minded, Mackay became alarmed about the towns growing drug trade and set out to do something about it. He kept his eyes and ears open for any snippet of information.
Finally, in November 1975, he received word of a large marijuana crop near the town of
Knowing that some of the local police were connected to Trimbole, Mackay took his information to the drug squad in
Unfortunately, during the trial a police notebook was sworn as evidence. While the information it contained wasnt that startling, it had serious consequences when its contents were read out in open court. The notes named Donald Mackay as the police informant responsible for the raid. Another raid had also been carried out in Euston near
The word filtered back to the
An investigation of the scene where Mackays locked van was parked revealed blood stains, car keys and three spent .22 shell casings.
His disappearance sparked a public investigation that eventually led to a royal commission into the
The Woodward Royal Commission, named after its chairman, Justice Woodward, was formed and began the unenviable task of trying to unravel the truth about Mackays death, the
After months of tough investigative work, the suspect list was whittled down to seven names, including Robert Trimbole, James Frederick Bazley (a known
In the official transcript Justice Woodward says, I have named Trimbole as being associated with the production of marijuana in Griffith as well as being the director of an operation in Euston he is, if not the top man in relation to the production of marijuana in the Griffith area, then one of them and closely associated with Antonio Sergi in the same enterprise. Sergi was one of Trimboles closest associates and business partners.
Regarding the disappearance of Mackay, Woodward found that the disposal of Mackay was the result of an organized plan He was disposed of by the organization which I find existed in Griffith I am satisfied that the appointment to meet Mackay at Jerilderie was part of a plan to ambush and dispose of him. A year later the New South Wales Supreme Court officially declared Donald Mackay as presumed deceased.
Despite the best efforts of the Royal commission, no further action was taken regarding the alleged murder of Donald Mackay. Trimbole and company returned to business as usual.