Andrew Fraser (lawyer)

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Andrew Fraser
Occupation Lawyer
Criminal penalty
Five years imprisonment
Criminal status Released in 2006
Conviction(s) Drug trafficking

Andrew Fraser is a former high-profile Melbourne based lawyer who was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment with a minimum period of five years imprisonment in 2001 for being knowingly concerned with the importation of a commercial quantity of cocaine. In 2006, Fraser was released two months earlier than his release date from Fulham Correctional Centre after agreeing to give evidence against serial killer Peter Dupas in his trial for the murder of Mersina Helvagis.[1] He applied for a share of a 1 million dollar reward for solving the murder.[2]

Television interview[edit]

In 2007, Fraser gave an interview on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope and published a book entitled Court In The Middle, which is claimed to be "a true story of cocaine, police, corruption and prison". On both Enough Rope and in his book, Fraser alleges widespread drug use within the Victorian Prison system, claiming that Fulham is "awash with drugs". He also alleges corruption within the Victorian Police and the prison system run by Corrections Victoria. Fraser admits in the book to being addicted to cocaine prior to his arrest, but claims that he has been clean ever since.

Lunatic Soup[edit]

In 2008, Fraser published a new book Lunatic Soup which details his time in the Sirius East unit of Port Phillip Prison. Part of the book discusses aspects of his relationship with his fellow inmates (including Leslie Camilleri) and with the guards of the unit. The rest of the book is taken up with Fraser's relationship with Peter Dupas and his role in Dupas' confession and subsequent conviction for the murder of Mersina Halvagis.

Television series[edit]

A television mini-series based on Fraser's experiences, entitled Killing Time, was produced in 2009 by FremantleMedia, TV1 and Film Victoria.[3] David Wenham portrays Fraser.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former lawyer to give evidence in Halvagis murder case". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  2. ^ Moor, Keith (29 October 2007). "Andrew Fraser's book profits may be seized by police". The Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ Controversial TV1 series Killing Time to screen in November

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