Former Queensland Police Commissioner Terence Murray Lewis, who was jailed for official corruption after being named at the Fitzgerald Inquiry, has passed away at the age of 95.
The disgraced former commissioner had always maintained his innocence despite being convicted of 15 counts of official corruption and being stripped of his knighthood and superannuation in 1991.
Lewis had a controversial career in law enforcement, having risen rapidly through the police ranks.
He was appointed Deputy Police Commissioner in 1976 by the Bjelke-Petersen government, despite rumors that he was involved in corruption.
Ray Whitrod, the commissioner at the time, resigned in protest, and Lewis got the job two weeks later.
Despite the allegations, Lewis was knighted in 1986, becoming the first serving Australian police commissioner to receive the honor.
However, his downfall came a year later when he was accused of pocketing over $600,000 in bribes and was named as a major player in police corruption at the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
In an interview with ABC in 1998, Lewis expressed hope that he would be vindicated in the long run, saying, “I certainly get depressed, I get angry.”
He was paroled in 1998, less than halfway through his sentence.
Terence Murray Lewis Cause of Death
Terence Murray Lewis’ death marks the end of a controversial era in Queensland’s police history, with his legacy being one of corruption and scandal.
Despite his claims of innocence, his conviction for official corruption will forever be a stain on his reputation.