Terrance John Clark

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Terrance John Clark

Terrance John Clark (1944–1983), born in Gisborne, New Zealand better known as Terry Clark, also known as (aliases) Terry Sinclair, Alexander James Sinclair,[1] Tony Bennetti, The Australian Jackal [2] and Mr Big,[3] was the head of the Mr Asia[4][5] drug syndicate which imported heroin into New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1970s. In fact, Terry Clark was the 'second' head man of the syndicate and became the lead having only one week earlier successfully plotted the murder of Marty Johnstone (Christopher Martin Johnstone), the man who became known as "Mr Asia".

Career[edit]

Clark started his career in New Zealand through petty crimes and was well known to Police as a local thug. His career expanded in the mid-70's after meeting Johnstone who at this stage was doing financially well importing "Buddha Sticks" into New Zealand from the East. Clark and Johnstone wanting to expand their market and money, started importing high quality white Heroin into both New Zealand and Australia. This was about the time Clark moved to Australia to head the operation there. Their Asian partner based in Singapore was Choo Cheng Kui, better known as "Chinese Jack" or Jack Choo.[6]

Clark was ruthless as controller of his operations and killed a number of associates including Gregory Ollard, a Mr Asia drug supplier and heroin addict. He lured Ollard to the Kuringai National Chase in the northern suburbs of Sydney, where he killed and buried him. After killing him, he drove to the home of Ollard's girlfriend in Avalon and abducted her. He then drove her to the Blue Mountains where he killed her.

Women[edit]

Clark was well known for his womanising, and had a reputation for extreme violence. He met his first wife Sally in his early years and she was mother to his first three children. After his divorce from Sally, Clark entered into a relationship with heroin addict Norma Fleet who later died in mysterious circumstances. It was at this time he met his second wife, Maria Muhary with whom he fathered his fourth child, Jerrod. While in Australia Clark became involved with Allison Raewyn Dine, a New Zealand Kindergarten Teacher from Rotorua who moved to Australia and met Clark. Dine became Clark's chief heroin courier and recruiter of other couriers, predominately other young women. Later at Clark's trial in the UK, Dine testified against Clark and was granted immunity from prosecution.[7] After the trial, Dine reportedly went into a witness protection program and still lives in the UK under an assumed name.[8]

After Dine, Clark became involved with Karen Mary Marie Soich, a New Zealand Solicitor whom he proposed marriage to while serving at HM Prison Parkhurst, Isle of Wight, UK.[9] Soich later told the New Zealand Commission that she had put the proposal to marry Clark in abeyance.[10] Clark was arrested in bed with Karen Soich.[11]

Murder trial and death[edit]

In October 1979, Clark had Marty Johnstone (Mr Asia) lured to Britain on the pretext of a drug deal to take place in Scotland. Johnstone was murdered by his long time friend Andy Maher under the orders of Terry Clark and his handless body was dumped in Eccleston Delph, Lancashire, mutilated in a hasty but failed attempt to foil identification by the police. Maher not only cut off his hands, but battered Johnstone's face hoping to prevent dental identification. Initially the police were unable to identify the victim, and published a death mask of Johnstone in several newspapers to assist identification. In the end Johnstone was identified by his neck medallion that was still on the corpse.[12] Only one of Johnstone's hands was recovered by Police. Johnstone's teeth were never actually damaged, as Maher had covered Johnstone's face with a cloth.

Clark was convicted of the contract murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. His trial at the time was the most heavily guarded in British history.

Clark suffered a heart attack in 1983 and died at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight.[13]

In fiction[edit]

Terry Clark is the main character in the 2009 Nine Network television series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. The character is played by Matthew Newton.

Clark was also a key character in the 2011 New Zealand television series Underbelly NZ: Land Of The Long Green Cloud. This series depicts events prior to and concurrent with Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. In this NZ series, Clark is played by Erroll Shand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berry, Aileen; Harrington, Tony (15 July 1981). "Sinclair, the 'nice guy' who murdered his best friend". The Age. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Mellor, Bill "The Mr Asia scoreboard".  The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 December 1984
  3. ^ Williamson, Kerry (2 March 2009). "Sex, drugs and murder: The truth about Mr Asia". The Dominion Post. 
  4. ^ " 'Mr Asia' murder victim found"
  5. ^ "The fall of Mr Asia"
  6. ^ Kwitny, Jonathan (1988). The Crimes of Patriots: A True Story of Dope, Dirty Money, and the C.I.A. 
  7. ^ "The Mr Asia scoreboard"
  8. ^ Moor, Keith (2009). Crims in Grass Castles. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9780857966292. 
  9. ^ Cooke, Jenny (June 15, 1982). "Killer may have to wait for wedding". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ "The Stewart Commission". The Age. 1 June 1983. 
  11. ^ "The truth about Mr Asia". Dominion Post. 
  12. ^ LANCASHIRE EVENING POST Back from the Deep! FRIDAY JULY 2, 1982
  13. ^ Homan, Ray, "Peter Fulcher and the Mr Asia syndicate", Police News (New Zealand), Volume 39, Number 5, June 2006, page 31.

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