Email By Josie Taylor and Rachael Brown for Trace: The Informer Updated September 09, 2020 05:19:18 Map: Melbourne 3000 While living in hiding, Nicola Gobbo spent months talking to the ABC to explain for the first time in her own words why she became a police informer.As Nicola Gobbo made the frantic dash to a morning court appearance in August 2005, she had no idea she was about to upend her entire life and turn the justice system on its head.”I can vividly remember thinking I just can’t keep going, I can’t do this anymore,” Ms Gobbo told the ABC.Even before she arrived at the courtroom, she had already crossed an ethical line.That morning she had called a Victoria Police detective and confessed that her infamous client, drug boss Tony Mokbel, was pressuring her to take on that morning’s case.When she arrived at court, the case was postponed.Instead, Ms Gobbo found detectives standing outside the courtroom. She saw them as a safe haven.Amid tears, she unleashed her deepest fears and worries on the detectives. She told them her criminal clients were pressuring her to break the law.The police saw a rare opportunity to infiltrate the underworld but it would mean… Read full this story
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