Cairns News contributing editor Robert J Lee related a conversation he had with a senior federal police officer 18 years ago in Canberra.

“The officer told me Eastman was framed to take the heat off the real killer,” Mr Lee said.

“The officer said Colin Winchester was killed because there was a marijuana turf war going on between Federal Police and NSW police in cooperation with Italian mafia elements from Griffith.”

“Mr Eastman should be compensated $20 million by these police departments.”