• Decade of hell is over


    PAUL Dale (pictured) woke up yesterday feeling, for the first time in a decade, he can actually move on with his life.

    The former Melbourne police detective has returned to his Wangaratta family, and drilling business, after he was acquitted last week of 12 charges of lying to the Australian Crime Commission over his alleged involvement with Melbourne underworld figures and the murder of police informer Terence Hodson and his wife, Christine.

    “I’m very, very relieved for myself and my family,” he told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday.

    “Relief is an understatement it has been about 10 years since it started.”

    Mr Hodson was caught breaking into a drug house in 2003 and gave a statement that named Mr Dale as being involved, but the charges against him were dropped when the Hodsons were brutally murdered in their Kew home in May 2004.

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