If the story is true Bomba’s reputation takes another hit … (you need a HS subscription to read the link so have just posted the relevant bits)
TROUBLED football great Mark “Bomber” Thompson was turned away from an immigration detention centre after trying to visit an inmate involved in drugs and sex work.
The Herald Sun can reveal Thompson arrived at the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre late last year, where he was recognised by staff and visitors.
The former star player and coach was seeking to visit a foreign-born criminal who was awaiting deportation after being linked to drugs and “sex work-type activities”, according to sources.
One source said Thompson was delivering a “pink case” to the inmate, but he was turned away by security guards before he could enter.
It is not clear why he was rejected.
Thompson outside his Port Melbourne home. Picture: Ian Currie
The revelation comes after Thompson was swept up in an ongoing Victoria Police investigation into drug-trafficking last week, with officers raiding his converted warehouse in Port Melbourne.
Family, friends and former teammates have raised concerns for the wellbeing of the former Essendon captain who coached Geelong to two premierships.
Immigration detention is used to lock up “high-risk unlawful non-citizens” who do not have a valid visa and are awaiting deportation. Authorities consider whether an individual presents a risk to the Australian community before they are detained.
Under Australian Border Force rules, anyone who visits an immigration detention facility must go through a strict security screening process.
This may include substance detection methods, including the use of detector dogs, and visitors may have their belongings X-rayed. Visitors can also be turned away if they are “under the influence of alcohol or drugs”.
Thompson declined to comment in his involvement in the drug-trafficking investigation on Thursday, when he emerged from his home on a bike about 11am.
He appeared relaxed as he rode from his Rouse St home with a black satchel across his back.
Thompson handed himself into police voluntarily on Tuesday and was questioned and released without charge.