Arthur Stanley Smith aka Neddy Smith Obituary – Death: The death of Arthur Stanley Smith has rocked the national news waves. Neddy passed away today September 8th, 2021 at age 76. Arthur Stanley “Neddy” Smith was an Australian criminal who was convicted of drug trafficking, theft, rape, armed robbery, and murder.
The 76-year-old was serving a life sentence for a series of drug and violent crimes and had been linked by reputation to many more underworld incidents. He died in Long Bay jail’s aged care unit where he had been in palliative care for a year. The name Neddy was a nickname from his family but it had over the years become his underworld name.
Life, Books and Death
Smith was a notorious criminal who spent most of his life in prison. He served sentences from 1963 to 1965, 1968 to 1975, 1978 to 1980, and 1989 to his death. He became popular for his violent temper and involvement in high profile crimes.
The movie “Blue Murder” was a chronicle of Smith’s exploits and that of some allegedly-corrupt New South Wales police officers. Australian actor Tony Martin played Smith, and Richard Roxburgh played Rogerson. The miniseries was produced by ABC TV and got its first air play in 1995. The movie was banned in south Wales due to the ICAC hearings, the Wood Royal Commission and outstanding contempt of court charges until the year 2001.
Neddy was charged with the murder of Sallie-Anne Huckstepp a prostitute who had been an informant for authorities after he was recorded in prison confessing to the murder and subsequently confessing to his publisher as well. He was however acquitted when he denied his involvement and further stated that he had not been aware that he was secretly being recorded and he had only mentioned it to gain publicity for his book. In his second book, Catch and Kill Your Own, Smith implies ignorance but told writer John Dale that he knows who committed her murder and would release the information once the killer is dead.
In 1981, Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was at the Long Bay Correctional Centre, New South Wales, and was a regular patient at the prison hospital. In 2003, he was moved to Lithgow Correctional Centre. By the year 2008,The Daily Telegraph reported that his condition had deteriorated that he had to use the wheelchair.
In April 2017 however, Smith attempted to escape custody while being treated for heart problems at the Prince of Wales Hospital, in Randwick, New South Wales. He allegedly snuck past two prison guards, only to be caught by nurses in the corridor.
Smith continued to refuse to assist police with ongoing investigations of unsolved murders, which were not covered by the immunity granted to him in exchange for his testimony against allegedly-corrupt police officers at the ICAC and the Wood Royal Commission hearings until his death on the 8th of September 2021.
Many people have taken to social media since the news broke out to express their feelings about the news of his demise.
“At least Australians don’t have to worry about his crimes no more”.
“Taxpayers have one less oxygen thief we have to pay for”.
“Good riddance to bad rubbish 😡”