Join us on Saturday 25th June at 10.30am in our Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room for an intriguing book launch with debut author Christina Sheridan. Our Events Librarian Leanne will chat with Christina about the research and the investigation which lead to the writing of Witness A.
“I am not a writer. I am a storyteller and the keeper of secrets. Above all, I am a fighter for human rights and civil rights. Witness A, is a powerful work of human endurance against the biggest bully in Australia, The Australian Federal Police. And the extreme lengths of torment, threats, punishment and abuse they placed Witness A and her family under whilst in their protection, in the National Witness Protection Program. All to protect their own even after death and costing Witness A and her family far more than money could buy.
It’s been a long, hard and painful road, but we have finally made it through the dark tunnel? Did we find the light? Only a small, fractured, ray! This is a huge journey, with more to explore and more to risk. Witness A risked her family and her life to set an innocent man free. What I have on the risk table is nothing in comparison.” Christina Sheridan.
Witness A is written by a local writer and also edited by another local writer. Plus it is set locally, names have been changed. So Port Macquarie is Port Paradise. You might ask what has this storyline got to do with Port? This is the location that the AFP choose for Witness A whilst in the National Witness Protection Program.
Police officers don’t get shot in their front yard on their way home from work for no reason. The assassination of Assistant Police Commissioner of Australian Federal Police, Colin Winchester, 10th January 1989. Convicted in 1995, life imprisonment without parole. David Eastman fought and claimed his innocents for nineteen years, while behind bars. Behind two of the biggest names in Australian legal history, media attention, closed courtrooms and secrecy during the proceedings was witness A, silenced in fear for her family and her own life as Ndrangheta Criminal Confederation threatened their lives. Gagged with a section 22 by the Australian Federal Police, National Witness Protection Program ACT 1994. Witness A, took a bullet for a man she will never know, a man she will never meet, for the sake of doing the right thing. In the end, costing her and her family more than money can buy.
What does Witness A, know that is considered to be National Security Information? Under Section 3 of the Witness Protection Act 1994. Was Witness A forced into Witness protection for her protection? Or so the Australian federal police could protect themselves?
This real-life story will leave you questioning the cover-ups, the corruption and lengths the Australian Federal Police will go to protect their own, even after death.