Former Queensland Police Commissioner, Terence Murray Lewis Dies At 95

Former Queensland Police Commissioner, Terence Murray Lewis Dies At 95

Terence Murray Lewis Death: Terence Murray Lewis, a former Queensland Police Commissioner who was named at the Fitzgerald Inquiry and sentenced to prison for official corruption, has gone away at the age of 95.

Although the disgraced former commissioner was found guilty on 15 counts of official corruption and had his knighthood and superannuation revoked in 1991, he had always maintained his innocence.

Lewis, who rose quickly through the police ranks, had a contentious career in law enforcement.

Despite suspicions that he was implicated in corruption, the Bjelke-Petersen administration appointed him deputy police commissioner in 1976.

The commissioner at the time, Ray Whitrod, resigned in protest, and Lewis was appointed two weeks later.

Lewis was knighted in 1986, becoming the first active Australian police commissioner to do so in spite of the accusations.

His demise, however, came a year later when he was exposed as a key figure in police corruption before the Fitzgerald Inquiry and accused of taking over $600,000 in bribes.

Lewis expressed optimism that he would ultimately be vindicated in a 1998 interview with ABC, adding, “I certainly get depressed, I get angry.”

Having served less than half of his sentence, he was granted parole in 1998.

Feel free to drop condolence messages and prayers for the family and friends of the deceased, as it will go a very long way at this difficult time of theirs.

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