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 2003 DREWETT, Wayne 14 Apr 2003, Scarsborough 57 YO
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Police need your help to locate a 57yr old Perth businessman, who has been missing since 14th April 2003.

Wayne DREWETT, was last seen by his wife on Monday 14th April, at the Rendezvous Observations City Hotel in Scarborough.

He left the Hotel to attend a business meeting at his Kestrel Parade home address, and has not been seen since.

His vehicle a 1992 Toyota Lexus Sedan Reg No 1AUS 069 was found abandoned at the Perth Domestic Airport .

Mr Drewetts disappearance is being treated as suspicious. He has missed several key appointments, including an Anzac Day Parade and a scheduled hospital operation.

Mr Drewett was a former Special Air Services Regiment Administration Sergeant who served in Vietnam and was in good spirits last time he was seen.



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WA: Drewett in over his head with blood diamond deal
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: September 12, 2003 More results for: DREWETT Wayne


AAP General News (Australia)

09-12-2003

WA: Drewett in over his head with blood diamond deal

By Selina Day

PERTH, Sept 12 AAP - Retired Army sergeant Wayne Drewett got in over his head when
he tried to make a buck selling black-market diamonds.

The 57-year-old Perth man is missing, presumed dead, after dealing with a Romanian
man wanted in Bucharest for setting up a similar diamond scam almost a decade ago - and
allegedly killing its middle man.

Wayne Drewett, a former Army sergeant who worked in administration with the elite SAS
regiment, vanished from his suburban Perth home on April 15, apparently abducted wearing
only his pyjamas.

Also missing is $1 million he managed to collect from more than 30 investors in three
states, on the promise their money would be returned six fold once the diamond deal went
through.

Mr Drewett's car was found at Perth domestic airport on May 6. Flight records show
he did not leave the state or country.

Police now want to find 48-year-old Romanian national Nick Stuart, a brick-paver they
suspect of being behind the fake deal and Mr Drewett's probable murder.

Stuart, who had changed his name by deed poll from Niculae Stoian, had been living
in Perth since 1986.

He visited his European homeland seven years ago, and was allegedly involved in a diamond
deal in which a businessman disappeared and was likely murdered. Stuart is wanted in Romania
over this mystery.

Perth police believe Stuart "facilitated" the Drewett diamond deal before fleeing Perth
for Bucharest on April 23, eight days after Mr Drewett went missing.

In June, officers used a jackhammer to smash through a recently-concreted floor in
Stuart's backyard shed. A concrete bunker lay underneath - accommodating a cache of weapons
and ammunition.

But forensic testing indicates the weapons have not been used in connection with any crime.

Police from "Operation Swamp" are waiting to gather direct evidence about Stuart's
alleged involvement in Mr Drewett's fate before seeking help from Romanian authorities.

Making the saga even murkier is the nature of the supposed diamond scheme in which
Mr Drewett was involved - dealing with so-called conflict, or blood, diamonds.

The uncut diamonds are illegally mined in rebel-held areas of Angola, the Congo and
Sierra Leone, and are sold illicitly to fund insurgent activity in these war-torn areas.

In a bid to halt the trade, the United Nations recently called for the introduction
of an international scheme under which any exported diamonds would have to be certified.

Detectives working on the Drewett case say they do not believe a diamond deal actually
existed - although they believe Mr Drewett did not realise this.

In the three months before his disappearance, the apparently charming entrepreneur
had managed to collect about $1 million from more than 30 investors in Western Australia,
Victoria and Queensland.

At least one investor handed over $150,000.

This week, the detective in charge of the inquiry suggested the greed of some investors
had led to delays in unravelling the mystery.

Mr Drewett's unwitting wife Joyce did not report her husband missing until three weeks
after he vanished, because two investors - keen for their returns - had assured her he
was all right and was merely completing a lucrative deal.

At the time of his disappearance, Mr Drewett had been staying at a beachside Perth
hotel with his wife, but had returned to the family home, saying he had to conduct some
business.

Police believe Mr Drewett had checked into the hotel to keep his wife away from his dealings.

Midland Detective Senior Sergeant Glen Potter has described Mr Drewett as affable but
"probably a little naive".

Operation Swamp detectives concede they are low on leads - and need more information
on Nick Stuart's activities.


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$1m man goes missing.
From: Australasian Business Intelligence Date: May 6, 2003 More results for: DREWETT Wayne

May 06, 2003 (The West Australian - ABIX via COMTEX)

Western Australian (WA) Police have suggested that a Perth businessman, missing since 14 April 2003, may have been a victim of foul play. Wayne Dennis George Drewett was last seen by his wife on 14 April 2003, prior to a meeting believed to involve a $A1m business deal. WA Police also believe that Drewett telephoned his wife on 15 April 2003, while she was holidaying at the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel in Scarborough. However, he has not been heard from since, his mobile telephone has been switched off, and his bank accounts have not been used. WA Police say that Drewett's disappearance is suspicious. Drewett's wife reported him missing on 4 May 2003.

Publication Date: 7 May 2003
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http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-79672220.html

WA: Romanian sought over suspected murder of diamond-deal man
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: September 10, 2003 More results for: DREWETT Wayne


AAP General News (Australia)

09-10-2003

WA: Romanian sought over suspected murder of diamond-deal man

Police say they want to question a Romanian-born man over the suspected murder of a
57-year-old Perth man.

WAYNE DREWETT disappeared in the midst of a $1 million deal in black-market diamonds.

Police now want to talk to NICK STUART because they believe he was behind the shady diamond deal.

Mr DREWETT -- a former Army sergeant who worked in administration with the elite Special
Air Service -- vanished from his home on April the 15th.

Police suspect he was probably abducted from the house and has been murdered.

In the weeks leading up to his disappearance, Mr DREWETT collected about $1 million
from more than 30 investors in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

The investors were told their money would be returned six-fold as a result of a secret
diamond deal.

The money has not been found.

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Diamond mystery reveals a 'killer'.
From: Australasian Business Intelligence Date: September 9, 2003 More results for: DREWETT Wayne

Sep 09, 2003 (The West Australian - ABIX via COMTEX)

Western Australian (WA) police have identified the key suspect in the disappearance and possible murder of Perth man, Wayne Drewett. WA police say that they believe Drewett, a former Special Air Services pay clerk, has been murdered. Detectives say that Drewett had been involved in a black market diamond deal, which they believe was organised by former Perth bricklayer, Nick Stuart. It is understood that Stuart is believed to have left Australia for Romania. Stuart has also been named by Romanian authorities as the key suspect in a similar diamond fraud and disappearance of a Romanian businessman in 1996. In June 2003, WA Police found evidence in Stuart's Perth home that suggested he had been conducting surveillance on businessman Alan Bond's family.

Publication Date: 10 September 2003

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POLICE SERVICE
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Wayne DREWETT



Age: 57 Height: 170cm (5' 11") Hair: Grey Balding Eyes: Green

Police need your help to locate a 57yr old Perth businessman, who has been missing since 14th April 2003. Wayne DREWETT, was last seen by his wife on Monday 14th April, at the Rendezvous Observations City Hotel in Scarborough. He left the Hotel to attend a business meeting at his Kestrel Parade home address, and has not been seen since. His vehicle a 1992 Toyota Lexus Sedan Reg No 1AUS 069 was found abandoned at the Perth Domestic Airport . Drewetts disappearance is being treated as suspicious. He has missed several key appointments, including an Anzac Day Parade and a scheduled hospital operation. Mr Drewett was a former Special Air Services Regiment Administration Sergeant who served in Vietnam and was in good spirits last time he was seen.

If anyone has seen DREWETT, Wayne , or has information regarding this persons whereabouts, please contact 1800 333 000

http://www.australianmissingpersonsregister.com/Drewett.htm
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Coroner to lift lid on missing man mysterySean Cowan and Gabrielle Knowles, The West Australian
Updated April 21, 2012, 2:10 am tweet0EmailPrint
Coroner to lift lid on missing man mystery

One of WA's most intriguing murder mysteries is set to come under the microscope of State Coroner Alastair Hope in a move aimed at allowing the victim's wife to move on with her life.

Wayne Drewett was 57 when he disappeared in 2003 during a getaway with his wife Joyce at Scarborough's Observation City Hotel. At the time he was working on a $1 million black market diamond deal and Mrs Drewett thought little of it when he left the hotel on business on April 14.

But he did not return and, in the days and weeks which followed, she received several visits from strangers who tried to convince her that her husband was safe.

It was almost three weeks before she reported him missing and, by that time, his car had been dumped at Perth Airport, his bank account cleared and his passport taken.

Police believe Romanian-born Nick Stuart, aka Niculae Stoian, was the mastermind behind the diamond deal, which saw investors lured in with the promise of big tax-free profits. But Mr Stuart had also disappeared.

Mrs Drewett refused to comment when contacted by _The Weekend West, _but still lives in the Ballajura house she bought with Mr Drewett in 1990. Because the couple were "joint tenants", Mrs Drewett would become sole owner of the house if Mr Drewett died.

She has been left in legal limbo since he disappeared and it is understood she plans to sell the property if the Coroner finds her husband is dead.

The inquest, scheduled for September, is expected to focus on the diamond deal and the activities of Mr Stuart.

Police had tracked Mr Stuart to Bucharest and enlisted the help of Romanian police to find him. But relations with the local authorities broke down in about 2004.

Mr Stuart was convicted in Perth in 1993 of carrying an abduction kit. Police found a dossier on the family of Alan Bond which suggested he was planning to abduct one of them.
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Wife testifies at diamond dealer inquest
Updated Tue Oct 2, 2012 6:17pm AEST

Photo: Wayne Drewett left a hotel in Scarborough in 2003 and has not been seen since.Map: Perth 6000
The wife of a 57-year-old Perth man who disappeared after being involved in a million dollar diamond deal has told a coronial inquest she was pressured to keep the disappearance quiet.

Wayne Drewett left a Scarborough hotel in 2003 after arranging an alleged black market diamond deal.

He has not been heard from since and the coroner is investigating his suspected murder.

Mr Drewett's wife Joyce told the inquest other investors in the deal pressured her not to go to the police.

She said she was told if she went to the police, her husband would be in danger.

The prime suspect in Mr Drewett's disappearance is a man with criminal links.

The deal's facilitator Nick Stuart fled Australia shortly afterwards in 2003.

He is wanted by police in Romania over a similar deal that went bad in Bucharest in 1996.

When police searched Stuart's house in Australia, they found an arsenal of weapons and a book titled "Be Your Own Undertaker: How to dispose of a dead body."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-02/inqu...earance/4291156

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Missing businessman warned against diamond deal
Posted Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:17pm AEST

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The family of a Perth businessman who disappeared during a million dollar diamond deal says he warned his brother about the dangers of such a lucrative transaction.

Wayne Drewett, 57, from Ballajura, was last seen on April 15 at a Scarborough hotel.

It is understood he left his wife at the hotel to buy more than $1 million in diamonds from an unknown source.

Mr Drewett's beige car was later found abandoned at the Perth Airport.

Police have now identified about 40 people from around Australia who invested their money in the diamond deal, but say they are reluctant to help with police inquiries.

The missing man's brother, Garry Drewett, says his brother liked the high life.

He had told his brother about the diamond deal before he disappeared.

"His last words to us on the day about this, he said, 'well if everything goes right, then I'll see you', sounded too hair-brained for my way of thinking."
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http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/man-want...1004-271qn.html

Man wanted over disappearance had 'bunker' under house
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Email articlePrint Reprints & permissions.The Romanian man at the centre of a mysterious diamond deal linked to a Perth man's disappearance had rooms hidden underneath his garage floor, according to a former prison mate.

Ballajura businessman Wayne Drewett, vanished in April 2003 while sourcing investors for an east European diamond project led by Romanian-born Nick Stuart - also known as Niculae Stoian - the Coroner's Court in Perth heard this week.

Drewett was 57 years old when he said goodbye to his wife and left her at an Observation City Hotel room in Scarborough. He has not been seen since.

His wife, Joyce, previously told the coronial inquest into Mr Drewett's disappearance that she was persuaded not to report her husband missing by a group of the diamond deal's investors.

Advertisement She finally reported it to police three weeks after she last saw him.

Mr Stuart, believed to have been the diamond deal's facilitator, left for Romania shortly after Mr Drewett went missing and has not returned to the country since.

Mr Stuart was wanted for questioning in Romania over a 1996 diamond deal that ended with a man in possession of $300,000 mysteriously disappearing.

He had moved back to Australia that same year.

Terrance Louise Gardiner who met Mr Stuart in prison and went on to work as a book keeper for Mr Stuart's brick paving business gave evidence at the inquest today.

Helping Mr Stuart and his wife Delia, Mr Gardiner carried out a string of suspicious requests involving as much as $300,000 in cash, held in a Jeans West shopping bag, the inquest heard.

Mr Gardiner said he lived in constant fear of Mr Stuart who would suddenly appear in shopping centres next to him and who once showed him two hidden rooms underneath his garage floor, containing only a single bed.

But Mr Gardiner continued to do increasingly odd jobs involving cash for Mr Stuart who had looked after him in prison and in return said he owed him $30,000.

Mr Gardiner told the inquest Mr Stuart had never mentioned Mr Drewett to him.

But he said Mr Stuart had started pestering him to find investors for a diamond project in late 2002 and then suddenly stopped.

Mr Stuart had wanted him to raise about $500,000 to set up a diamond mine for which he would source buyers.

"My attitude was its too good to be true," Mr Gardiner said.

"After about 6 weeks he told me somebody else had done the deal - I was relieved."

Shortly after Mr Drewett vanished, Mr Stuart told Mr Gardiner he needed to go back to Romania to visit his sick mother.

He had asked him to look after his wife Delia who stayed on in Perth, the inquest heard.

Mr Gardiner said a few weeks after Mr Stuart left he was contacted by Mrs Stuart, who he met at a Morley shopping centre

She gave him $30,000 in cash and hand written instructions to post the money to eastern Europe.

Mr Gardiner told the inquest he believed the instructions were in Mr Stuart's handwriting.

Shortly after the first transaction Mrs Stuart again asked a favour of Mr Gardiner - this time she wanted him to pick up a package from "a friend's house", the inquest heard.

After picking it up Mr Gardiner discovered it contained about $300,000 in Australian dollars.

"It scared the hell out of me," Mr Gardiner said.

He said his only instruction was to hold on to it, which he did - storing it behind his golf clubs in his garage.

He admitted to keeping $10,000 and said he gave Mrs Stuart $10,000; another $100,000 may have been given to a friend of Mr Stuart's.

Mr Gardiner said he did not know where the money had come from and was in terrible mental shape at the time as a result of Mr Stuart's threats and intimidation.

Finally in November 2003 Mr Gardiner handed about $100,000 in to the Midland police station, after he had been questioned about his involvement with Mr Stuart.

The inquest previously heard police raided Mr Stuart's house in mid-2003, uncovering shotguns, a revolver, rifles, a revolver and a large amount of ammunition.

They also found a book titled Be Your Own Undertaker: How to Dispose of a Dead Body and objects used to test diamonds.

Mrs Stuart is expected to give evidence later today.



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