“Good to see that VicPol have finally broken the story on Mark Perry, the murderer I told Briars all about,” the text read.
“Read today’s paper so you’re up to speed … How f—ing funny [it] is to be so instrumental yet treated with, at least, indifference. Circus.”
Victoria Police’s lawyer Saul Holt QC suggested it was possible she told police Mr Perry confessed to her.
“It looks like it,” Ms Gobbo said.
Ms Gobbo’s appearance at the royal commission investigating Victoria Police’s use of the lawyer as a gangland informer concluded on Tuesday with lead counsel Chris Winneke questioning the veracity of her evidence.
“There is the truth and what might be regarded as lies and deliberately false evidence,” Mr Winneke said.
The sharp change in evidence puts the focus back on the detectives who took the statement, former homicide detectives Ron Iddles and Steve Waddell.
Mr Iddles, who is expected to give evidence this week, says he has no knowledge of the confession or the draft statement. It’s believed Mr Waddell says the statement containing the so-called confession is the version he took from Ms Gobbo.
Mr Iddles and Mr Waddell flew to Bali in 2009 to take a statement from Ms Gobbo. Mr Iddles has said he didn’t want Ms Gobbo to sign the statement, believing it would expose her as an informer.
Ms Gobbo said last week Mr Iddles told her not to be a witness.
“He said [former police commissioner Simon] Overland would burn me and not to trust him,” she said.
In the draft statement, Ms Gobbo claimed Mr Perry confessed to her in the chambers of lawyer Jim Valos.
“He told me he had arranged for Chartres-Abbott to be murdered in retribution for the rape of a girlfriend or ex-girlfriend,” the statement read.
Mr Perry, Evangelos Goussis and Warren Shea were acquitted of the 2003 Chartres-Abbott murder in 2014.
Taskforce Briars, one of the most expensive police investigations in the state, was launched after allegations two police officers David Waters and Peter Lalor were involved.
Chartres-Abbott, a sex worker who believed he was a 200-year-old vampire, was killed the morning he was due to stand trial for raping and biting off the tongue of Mr Perry’s former girlfriend amid claims Chartres-Abbott was threatening to expose corrupt police.
Mr Winneke questioned Ms Gobbo on her assertion a former assistant commissioner, Jeff Pope, lied to the commission when he said he did not have sex with her.
Ms Gobbo said she questioned her own recollection about it given she couldn’t remember a precise occasion.
“But it’s something that sticks in my head. I can’t think of a reason why I would make that up,” she said.
Tammy Mills is the legal affairs reporter for The Age.