Terrance John Clark

Terrance John Clark (1944–1983), better known as Terry Clark, also known by the aliases Terry Sinclair, Alexander James Sinclair,[2] Tony Bennetti, the Australian Jackal[3] and Mr Big,[4] was the head of the Mr Asia[5][6] drug syndicate, which imported heroin into New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1970s. In fact, Terry Clark was the 'second' head man of the syndicate and became the lead having successfully plotted the murder of Marty Johnstone, the man who became known as "Mr Asia".

Terry Clark
Terrance John Clark
Mugshot of Terry Clark (1979)
Born
Terrance John Clark

1944
Died1983 (aged ca. 39)
Cause of deathHeart attack
ResidenceSydney (Australia)
Otago (New Zealand)[1]
NationalityNew Zealander
Other names"Mr. Big"
Years active1970s–1979
Criminal statusDeceased
Spouse(s)Sally Clark (divorced)
Norma Fleet (died 1975)
Maria Muhary
Children4 children
AllegianceMr Asia's drug cartel
Conviction(s)Contract killing
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Partner(s)
Imprisoned atHM Prison Parkhurst

Career

Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, Clark started his career through petty crimes and was well known to police as a local thug. His career expanded in the mid-70s after meeting Johnstone who at this stage was doing financially well importing "Buddha Sticks" into New Zealand from the east. Clark and Johnstone wanting to expand their market and money, started importing high quality white heroin into both New Zealand and Australia. This was about the time Clark moved to Australia to head the operation there. Their Asian partner based in Singapore was Choo Cheng Kui, better known as "Chinese Jack" or Jack Choo.[7]

Clark was ruthless as controller of his operations and killed a number of associates including Gregory Ollard, a Mr Asia drug supplier and heroin addict. He lured Ollard to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the northern suburbs of Sydney, where he killed, mutilated and buried him.[8] After killing him, he drove to the home of Ollard's girlfriend in Avalon and abducted her. He then drove her to the Blue Mountains where he killed her.

Women

Clark was well known for his womanising, and had a reputation for extreme violence. He met his first wife Sally in his early years and she was mother to his first three children. After his divorce from Sally, Clark entered into a relationship with heroin addict Norma Fleet, whom he married in Wi Tako Prison. Norma later died in mysterious circumstances. It was at this time he met his third wife, Maria Muhary with whom he fathered his fourth child, Jarrod. While in Australia, Clark became involved with Allison Raewyn Dine, a New Zealand kindergarten teacher from Rotorua who moved to Australia and met Clark. Dine became Clark's chief heroin courier and recruiter of other couriers, predominately other young women. Later at Clark's trial in the UK, Dine testified against Clark and was granted immunity from prosecution.[9] After the trial, Dine reportedly went into a witness protection program and still lives in the UK under an assumed name.[10]

After Dine, Clark became involved with Karen Mary Marie Soich, a New Zealand solicitor to whom he proposed marriage while serving at HM Prison Parkhurst, Isle of Wight, UK.[11] Soich later told the New Zealand Commission that she had put the proposal to marry Clark in abeyance.[12] Clark was arrested in bed with Karen Soich.[13]

Murder trial and death

In October 1979, Clark had Marty Johnstone (Mr Asia) lured to Britain on the pretext of a drug deal to take place in Scotland. Johnstone was murdered by his longtime friend Andy Maher under the orders of Terry Clark, and his handless body was dumped in Eccleston Delph, Lancashire, mutilated in a hasty but failed attempt to foil identification by the police. Maher not only cut off his hands, but battered Johnstone's face hoping to prevent dental identification. Initially the police were unable to identify the victim, and published a death mask of Johnstone in several newspapers to assist identification. In the end Johnstone was identified by his neck medallion that was still on the corpse.[14] Only one of Johnstone's hands was recovered by Police. Johnstone's teeth were never actually damaged, as Maher had covered Johnstone's face with a cloth.

Clark was convicted of the contract murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. His trial at the time was the most heavily guarded in British history.

Clark died in 1983 at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight. The official cause of death given was heart attack, although the coroner's report indicated that his heart exploded. A persistent rumor was that Clark, while in jail, started passing information to the police about criminals imprisoned there, and because of this he was killed by the IRA, allegedly by being smothered with a mattress. Some reports instead say that he may have been assisted and helped escape to a military base in Australia where he was given plastic surgery and a new life.[15]

In fiction

Terry Clark is the main character in the 2009 Nine Network television series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. The character is played by Matthew Newton.

Clark was also a key character in the 2011 New Zealand television series Underbelly NZ: Land Of The Long Green Cloud. This series depicts events prior to and concurrent with Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. In this NZ series, Clark is played by Erroll Shand.

References

  1. ^ 'Mr Asia' mansion for sale
  2. ^ Berry, Aileen; Harrington, Tony (15 July 1981). "Sinclair, the 'nice guy' who murdered his best friend". The Age. p. 18.
  3. ^ Mellor, Bill "The Mr Asia scoreboard". The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 December 1984
  4. ^ Williamson, Kerry (2 March 2009). "Sex, drugs and murder: The truth about Mr Asia". The Dominion Post.
  5. ^ " 'Mr Asia' murder victim found"
  6. ^ "The fall of Mr Asia"
  7. ^ Kwitny, Jonathan (1988). The Crimes of Patriots: A True Story of Dope, Dirty Money, and the C.I.A.
  8. ^ Hon. Stewart, D G. (1983), Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking, Australian Govt Printing Service, Canberra, p. 131
  9. ^ "The Mr Asia scoreboard"
  10. ^ Moor, Keith (2009). Crims in Grass Castles. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9780857966292.
  11. ^ Cooke, Jenny (15 June 1982). "Killer may have to wait for wedding". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  12. ^ "The Stewart Commission". The Age. 1 June 1983.
  13. ^ Williamson, Kerry (26 May 2009). "Sex and drugs". Dominion Post, sourced to stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  14. ^ LANCASHIRE EVENING POST Back from the Deep! FRIDAY JULY 2, 1982
  15. ^ Homan, Ray, "Peter Fulcher and the Mr Asia syndicate",Police News Archived 8 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (New Zealand), Volume 39, Number 5, June 2006, page 31.

External links

Beyond the Darklands (Australian TV series)

Beyond the Darklands is an Australian true crime television series that airs on the Seven Network. It is narrated by Samuel Johnson, with each episode focusing on a certain criminal (usually a murderer or team of murderers), with commentary from clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano providing insight into the minds of the criminal(s).After screening the first four episodes in early 2009, the show was taken off the air, only to return later that year for a further four episodes.

Via a phone call on 11 November 2009 a Channel Seven spokesperson confirmed that the show will be returning in the New Year with new episodes.Due to a court injunction Channel Seven was prevented from screening the episode featuring Peter Dupas in Victoria.Beyond the Darklands Australia is based on the original New Zealand series and book created by the New Zealand clinical psychologist Nigel Latta. The TVNZ series has been shown in Australia on the ci channel on Foxtel.

HM Prison Parkhurst

HMP Isle of Wight – Parkhurst Barracks is a prison situated in Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight, operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

List of people from Gisborne, New Zealand

The following is a list of famous people born in Gisborne, New Zealand, and people who spent significant periods of their lives living in the Gisborne/East Coast area (from Wairoa to Te Kaha to Opotiki). Those in italic are people who weren't born in the Gisborne region but have/had spent a majority of their lives living in the region. Examples include cartoonist Murray Ball and former politician, Janet Mackey.

Marty Johnstone

Christopher Martin "Marty" Johnstone (1951–1979) born in Auckland, New Zealand was a drug trafficker. The former Takapuna Grammar pupil was dubbed "Mr Asia" by the Auckland Star newspaper in August 1978 in a series of articles by Pat Booth.

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking (1981–1983), also known as the Stewart Royal Commission, was a Royal Commission set up in 1981 by the Commonwealth, Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian governments to inquire into various drug trafficking and related criminal activities of Terrance John Clark and his associates. However, the Commission would spend much of its time examining how criminals were using and abusing the passport system for criminal purposes.The Commission was headed by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Donald Stewart.

The Commission published its final report in 1983, making recommendations on how to prevent abuses in the issue of passports, most of which were acted upon by the government. The report made 40 recommendations, including that applicants for a passport attend a Passport Office and that mailed applications cease; that passports be issued only to citizens, so that British subjects cease to be entitled to a passport; that birth certificates not to be accepted as a sufficient proof of identity; that passports cease to be issued to travel or other agents; that all persons who change their names, whether by choice, marriage or adoption, be required to register the change with the State Registrar of births, deaths and marriages.

T. J. Clark

T. J. Clark may refer to:

T. J. Clark (art historian) (Timothy James Clark, born 1943), British art historian

T. J. Clark (racing driver) (born 1962), American NASCAR driver

Terrance John Clark (1944–1983), head of the Mr. Asia drug syndicate

Timothy J. Clark (artist) (born 1951), American painter

Thomas J. Clark (1869–1907), American inventor

Terry Clark

Terry Clark may refer to:

Terrance John Clark (1944–1983), head of the Mr. Asia drug syndicate

Terry Doug Clark (1956–2001), convicted murderer

Terry Lee Clark (1960–), former Major League Baseball player

Terry Clark (Christian musician) (1946-)

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