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An Australian Federal Police Murder Trial Has Begun

The murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester is one of Australia’s most infamous crimes.

A disgruntled former public servant has gone on trial over one  of Australia’s most infamous crimes - the execution style murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester, 29 years ago.

“How did it come to be a public servant developed a murderous hatred of a Police Commissioner?”

That’s the question Crown Prosecutor Murugan Thangaranj posed to the jury in his opening address, outlining the case against David Eastman in the ACT Supreme Court on Monday

Mr Winchester, who was also the AFP Commissioner of the ACT, was gunned down outside his Canberra home about 9.15pm on the 10th January 1989 - shot twice in the head with a semi-automatic rifle with a silencer.

On the first day of the six month trial, the crown claimed Mr Eastman had made a series of death threats directed at Mr Winchester to various people including lawyers and doctors.

"I’ll kill Winchester and I’ll get the Ombudsman too,” and "The police should be taught a lesson.”

Prosecutors claimed he did soon act.

“It’s the Crown’s case, four days later police were taught the harshest of lessons,” Mr Thangaranj said.

“Mr Eastman made good on his threat by murdering Mr Winchester."