A former councillor has been found dead in his office days after telling NSW’s anti-corruption watchdog he regretted not reporting one of his colleagues who accepted $10000 from developers.
Clifton Wong, who served as a councillor on Hurstville City Council from 1999 to 2012, was found by emergency services in a Sydney inner-west office complex, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The time of death is thought to be about was about 1.20pm on Wednesday
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in the 62-year-old man’s death.
Wong was appearing before a probe into former Hurstville and Georges River councillors Con Hindi and Vince Badalati, and former Hurstville councillor Philip Sansom and their dealings with developers.
Wong had been named as a person of interest along with Mr Hindi, Mr Badalati and Mr Sansom when the inquiry commenced in November but was no longer considered one when he took the stand.
Wong told the Independent Commission Against Corruption on June 28 he witnessed a developer hand then-deputy mayor Mr Hindi mayor $10,000 to help with a potential development.
In his testimony Wong said the money was from developers Wensheng Liu and Philip Uy to favour their bid to buy a council-owned car park.
Wong expressed remorse when asked on Monday why he hadn’t said anything at the time.