Detective from Leonard Fraser case in fight for life
A FORMER Rockhampton detective who played a key role in bringing serial killer Leonard Fraser to justice is gravely ill in a Brisbane hospital.
Detective Sergeant Darren Lees, known by many of his colleagues and the wider community as "Beefa", has lymphoma.
Det. Sgt Lees has worked in Toowoomba for nearly 10 years after transferring from Rockhampton.
Darling Downs district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said his colleague had been undergoing treatment for the disease since about September last year.
"We are really at the point where it is taking a big toll on both Darren and his family," Det. Act. Insp. Hart said.
Anyone who would like to assist fundraising efforts for Det. Sgt Lees can call Toowoomba detectives on 46316355.
A career highlight came during his Central Queensland days, when he was heavily involved in the arrest and investigation of Fraser.
Fraser was sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment for the killing of three Rockhampton women and a schoolgirl between December 1998 and April 1999.
As a principal investigator Det. Sgt Lees was credited with building rapport with Fraser to get critical admissions from him.