1 Mickelberg brothers 2 Police officers
2.1 Don Hancock 2.2 Tony Lewandowski
3 Convictions quashed 4 Books about the case 5 In popular culture 6 See also 7 References
Soon after the robbery police investigations focused on the Mickelberg
brothers. According to the police, the brothers stole cheques from a
Perth building society and then fooled the mint into accepting those
cheques in exchange for gold bullion which, it was alleged, the
brothers had a courier pick up. The gold was picked up by a
security company who delivered it to an office in Perth and then to
Jandakot Airport, from where it seemingly disappeared.
In a separate matter, in September 1982, the three brothers, their
parents and another man Brian Pozzi were charged over a matter
relating to a manufactured gold nugget known as the "Yellow Rose of
Texas". Perth Businessman Alan Bond had purchased the nugget for
$350,000 in November 1980. It was later found to be worth less than
$150,000 and Raymond Mickelberg and Brian Pozzi pleaded guilty to
charges of conspiracy to fraud at their June 1984 trial.
After serving nine months of his jail term and having his conviction
overturned on appeal, Brian was released from jail but died in a light
aircraft crash on 27 February, 1986, when the twin-engine plane he was
flying ran out of fuel near
"(On that day), Don Hancock came into the room and told me to make Peter strip naked. Don then went up to Peter and gave him two or three quick punches in the solar plexus. The statements purportedly taken from Peter Mickelberg on July 26, 1982, were in fact not taken in Peter's presence that day, but were a fabrication made by Don Hancock and myself shortly after September 2, 1982. I gave evidence at the trial and numerous appeals. All that evidence in relation to the so-called confessions was false." —Statement of Tony Lewandowski
Lewandowski was subsequently charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, making false statements, fabricating evidence and perjury. In May 2004, just before facing trial Lewandowski apparently committed suicide though there has been some speculation as to whether or not this may have been staged to cover his (possible) murder. Although now deceased, through Lewandowski's confession, Hancock was directly implicated in fabricating evidence in the Mickelberg case. Convictions quashed In July 2004 the Western Australian Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the brothers' convictions after seven unsuccessful attempts. The judge ruled that with the suppression of their sentence, they were entitled to a presumption of innocence. The Assistant Police Commissioner, Mel Hay, expressed disappointment with the decision which prompted a threat of a defamation lawsuit from the brothers. The brothers subsequently sued the Western Australian government for libel, and as part of the settlement, the West Australian police issued a public apology in December 2007. After lodging claims for compensation, in January 2008 State Attorney-General Jim McGinty offered $500,000 in ex-gratia payments to each brother for the "injustice done to them". The payment followed $658,672 paid to cover legal costs of their two appeals. The Mickelbergs' lawyer had asked for $950,000 in compensation for Ray and $750,000 for Peter. Books about the case Author Avon Lovell wrote a book about the case in 1985: The Mickelberg Stitch, which alleged questionable investigation practices by the police, including production of unsigned confessions and a forged fingerprint. The police union collected a levy of $1 per week from each member to fund legal action against Lovell and his publishers and distributors to suppress publication of the book. It was estimated that between one and two million dollars was raised. The book was banned by the State Government, but was still freely available to be read at the J S Battye Library. The ban was eventually lifted. A second book by Lovell, Split Image, was published in 1990  and met a similar fate to the first. This ban was also lifted later. In March 2011, Lovell launched a third book on the case, Litany of Lies, at about the same time that Antonio Buti wrote on the subject  In popular culture Two telemovies based on the swindle have been made.
One actor, Caroline McKenzie, appeared in both features, playing Detective Ljiljana Cvijic in the 1984 version and Peg Mickelberg in 2012. See also
Crime in Western Australia List of miscarriage of justice cases
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