CTV 'engineer' focus of Aussie media
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 6:07p.m.
By Jeff Hampton
Australia is discovering the full extent of the nightmare that is Gerald Shirtcliff.
The Australian 60 Minutes programme has confronted the fake engineer, who oversaw construction of the CTV building that collapsed in Christchurch.
The programme confronted him and also raised concerns about other buildings Shirtcliff has been involved with - including some of Australia’s best-known.
Shirtcliff's Australian projects have put him in the very bright headlights of the Australian media. 60 Minutes journalist Liam Bartlett approached Shirtcliff, asking about an identity he uses called Will Fisher, an English engineer whose identity and degree were stolen by Shirtcliff.
“We've spoken to the real Will Fisher, he'd like his degree back if possible,” Mr Bartlett said.
The real Mr Fisher flatted with Shirtcliff in South Africa 45 years ago.
“Part of my anxiety is just what the hell else has he got up to,” says Mr Fisher .
Pretending to be Mr Fisher, Shirtcliff worked on big projects throughout Australia, including the 33-storey Kingsgate building in Kings Cross in the 1970s, an open-cut gold mine, power station buildings and a flagpole on top of the new Parliament House in Canberra.
He's now under investigation by Australian police and New Zealand police, and has been kicked out of Engineers Australia.
His fraud victims in New Zealand include Eric and Kay Zust, who lost their life savings in an automotive business they bought from him because he had cooked the books.
He stole another friend's idea for a dual-fuel system after being taken in at his house on home detention.
But it was his role as supervising engineer of the CTV building where 115 died in last year’s devastating quake that had him under scrutiny in New Zealand.
Clemency Mutze survived with serious injuries after crashing down five floors.
“There could be other buildings we don't know about yet, he's got to deal with it and take responsibility.”
Shirtcliff's fraud and his role in big projects has again made headlines across Australia after 60 Minutes screened in Australia last night. Back here the royal commission investigating the collapse of the CTV building is due to report back next month.
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29/10/2012 10:40:06 a.m.
Indraj Fonseka wrote:
Your story to bring into attention to the NZ public about the person who appeared to have worked as the "Construction Manager" at the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch fake identity and qualification is a welcome. But whether he was a qualified engineer or not has nothing to do with the collapse of the CTV building. The reason being that in the construction industry you need not be a qualified engineer to handle construction project either in New Zealand or anywhere in the world. The responsibility of the structural integrity of the CTV building lies with the structural engineer who prepared the detailed structural plan for the building.
The reason for me to send this comment is that your story may have mislead the general public to assume that the guy in the story was responsible for the collapse of the building.
23/10/2012 8:12:58 a.m.
@Shaun : and while we are at it, why don't we have a go at you and your assets and your offsrings assets for the next 100 years for the wrongdoings of one of your relatives?
23/10/2012 1:51:05 a.m.
It is time the type of lowlife such as Mr Shirtcliff did the required time as Mr Fischer has spent in schools and colleges and the other learning and self development programmes in some hard labour establishment and then finish off with a life sentence for each person killed in the CTV building collapse. Seize all the assets he and his family has as I doubt any of them earned them and donate the proceeds to all the injured parties. Just to be fair garnishee all income from his family for 50 years and I include his offspring and his next of kin including his spouse if he has one. Humans have a right to eradicate this type of vermin. No apology will be forthcoming.
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