Gary Jubelin found guilty of illegal recording during William Tyrrell investigation

Gary Jubelin found guilty of illegal recording during William Tyrrell investigation
The former lead investigator in the William Tyrrell investigation has been found guilty of illegal recording a one-time person of interest, with a magistrate describing him as "unbelievable".
Gary Jubelin, 57, was accused of recording Paul Savage who lived next door to the three-year-old's grandmother at the time of the disappearance in 2014.
He recorded the elderly man once over the phone in 2017 and three times in person in 2018.
Former NSW Detective Gary Jubelin leaves Downing Centre Local Court today. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP)
Magistrate Ross Hudson was highly critical of Jubelin's focus on Mr Savage.
"There are no leads, there's nothing. He has picked Mr Savage. He's pursuing him at this stage at all costs," Mr Hudson said.
Jubelin had argued he recorded Mr Savage to protect himself from a complaint, but the magistrate said he could have sent another officer.
"This is not a random...he determines the time, he determines the date, he makes that decision," Mr Hudson said.
Supporters of Gary Jubelin, including Mark and Faye Leveson, applauded as the former detective arrived at court. (AAP)
"Again he moves the chess pieces, he determines what's to happen...this was above and beyond legality. This was 'I'm going after Savage,'" Mr Hudson added.
He was also critical of Jubelin as a witness and his inability to concede he could have approached Mr Savage differently.
"Mr Jubelin struck me as a person playing a role, telling a story...Designed and manufactured to fit a defence," the magistrate said.
The hearing in February was dominated by new information about the investigation in the boy's disappearance, including allegations it was under resourced.
Jubelin accusing former Homicide Squad boss Scott Cook of pointing to a picture of the boy before he said "no one cares about that little boy".
He also alleged he said "get him off the books, get him to unsolved homicide".
Superintendent Cook denied the accusation, and NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller issued a statement supporting him and describing him as "exemplifying the definition of a leader".
Detective Jubelin (far right) stands with other detectives while bushland is searched for signs of Tyrrell. (AAP)
Jubelin told the court he recorded the conversations in case Savage made allegations down the track.
"He's a volatile person, I'm pushing buttons, I'm poking... I had to protect myself," he said.
"It was to have Mr Savage feel there was a degree of urgency to go and interfere with William's remains potentially."
Missing boy William Tyrell.
Savage has never been charged and the court has previously been told he is no longer an active person of interest.
The prosecution argued that if the defence succeeded it meant every police officer in every situation would be able to record and claim they were protecting themselves.
He said there would never be any need for a warrant.