After more than three decades of putting away bad guys, homicide detective Gary Jubelin jokes that he may meet them all again. In jail.
It’s probably not something to joke about. But Jubelin uses humour as his coping mechanism, and in recent months he’s needed plenty of it.
The former NSW Police detective was dumped from the investigation into William Tyrrell’s disappearance earlier this year, shortly before being charged with allegedly making illegal recordings during his inquiries.
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He strongly denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty to all four.
Speaking with journalist Jana Wendt at the Sydney Crime Writers Festival on Sunday, the father-of-two said he considered his inability to solve the William Tyrrell case a “personal failure”.
“But that is the weight that you bear,” The Australian reported him saying. “I will carry that until the day I die, if we don’t find out what happened to William Tyrrell.”
He felt he’d let down both William’s biological parents and his foster parents, whose care he was in when he went missing about 10.15am on September 12, 2014, and worried that in his absence, the case would lose momentum.