The niece of Sir James Gobbo, a former governor of the state of Victoria and a supreme court judge, she was a star student at university, was top of her legal ethics class and wanted to research the relationship between police and informers for her master’s degree.
A prominent barrister who secretly informed on her clients to police, meaning that many of Australia’s most notorious criminals may have to be freed, has told an inquiry that she had lied about her past to become a lawyer.
Nicola Gobbo, 46, provided more than 1,000 intelligence reports on her clients and their associates that helped police to bust some of the country’s most extensive criminal networks. Her information is thought to have helped to convict more than 350 people.
The disclosure that she was a secret police informer stunned the legal establishment….