Most wanted fugitive may be working here


Graham Potter, pictured in 2010.
Graham Potter, pictured in 2010.

Graham Potter, pictured in 2010.

Police have received a number of calls reporting possible sightings in the local area of a convicted murderer who has been on the run for more than three years.

Graham Gene Potter, 55, failed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court in February, 2010, to face charges of conspiracy to murder.

He is also wanted in relation to the attempted importation of a record quantity of drugs through Melbourne’s docks.

Following revelations by Victoria Police last week suggesting that Potter may be in the Riverina, police have received a number of calls regarding possible sightings of the wanted man at Gundagai, Adjungbilly, Tumut, and Batlow.

Despite a number of sightings in Queensland and several nation-wide public appeals, Potter has managed to evade police capture for more than three years.

Since Potter failed to appear at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court, Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have been working closely together and with other state law enforcement agencies to try and determine his location.

Detective Superintendent Gerry Ryan said information has been received recently which indicates Mr Potter could be in the Riverina area.

“We are aware that Mr Potter is capable of living rough and camping out so there is a chance he could be staying in caravan parks or camping in remote areas of the Riverina,” Superintendent Ryan said.

“We also believe there is a possibility that local growers or farmers could unknowingly be employing Mr Potter as a labourer or picker.

“We are asking those employers to consider carefully who they are providing lodging to or employing and to make reasonable enquiries about their prospective employee’s identity.

Mr Potter is described as Caucasian, 175cm tall, medium to solid build, brown eyes, fair complexion with brown greying hair and a ginger beard. He has a gold sleeper earring in both ears, wears glasses and regularly wears a gold chain around his neck.

In 1980, the then 23-year-old Mr Potter was convicted of killing Wollongong teenager Kim Barry and sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Last August Mr Potter was seen by local police in the Queensland town of Tully when he ran from a vehicle during a routine police intercept.

Potter has a propensity for changing his appearance and has used a number of aliases including Josh Lawson, John Page, Jim Henderson and Peter Adams. A $100,000 reward was announced in February 2011 for information leading to the capture of Graham Potter.

If you think you may have seen Potter or have suspicions about someone fitting his description please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or triple zero (000) if you think you know where he is now.