“Well to start with, Freddie Krahe was years and years older than me, he was a very senior bloke at the CIB [criminal investigation branch],” Rogerson told the inquest on Friday.
“Fred was a cranky old bugger, and years and years older than me. I had nothing to do with Freddie Krahe at all, and I had nothing to do with the Whiskey Au Go Go.”
Rogerson did confirm he heard rumours about Sydney criminals wanting to get in and extort money from Brisbane nightclubs around the time of the Whiskey Au Go Go fire.
However, he was brought from Sydney to Brisbane to help investigate the fatal 1973 firebombing, with a specific focus on whether there were any links to the Sydney underworld.
Rogerson told the inquest he spoke to high-ranking Sydney criminals at the time to see if there were any connections to the nightclub arsonists, Finch and Stuart, and he could not find any.
Other accusations put to Rogerson was that he, with several other detectives, were in a small room with Finch and other officers heard yelling out and bumping noises coming from the room.
It was coupled with allegations that detectives conspired to construct Finch’s confession after he refused to make admissions during numerous beatings while in custody.
“I don’t recollect me being in a small room with Finch,” Rogerson told the inquest on Friday.
“My recollection is that I was in the homicide squad office and that was where I stayed.”
“And my recollection is that the record of interview [which includes Finch’s confession] was factual.”
In general, during his evidence, Rogerson said he “can’t recall” details, or he recited lines from his 1973 statement. He also struggled to hear and understand questions from lawyers.
The inquest continues next week.