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Rogerson, McNamara flag sentence appeals

AAP logoAAP 2/09/2016

Disgraced former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have indicated they'll appeal against their life sentences for the cold-blooded execution of a Sydney student and drug dealer.

Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57, lured Jamie Gao to a darkened storage shed in the city's south and shot him dead in May 2014, before attempting to cover their tracks by dumping the 20-year-old's body at sea.

In sentencing the pair on Friday, NSW Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Bellew said the former detectives used their " knowledge and experience" from the force to commit the murder.

In addition to the life sentences he imposed, Justice Bellew ordered that both men spend at least nine years behind bars for stealing 2.78 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of up to $19 million from Mr Gao.

Both Rogerson and McNamara have flagged appeals.

McNamara's solicitor Ali Abbas said he would file a notice of intention to appeal on Monday, telling reporters: "Mr McNamara continues to maintain his innocence."

Rogerson's barrister George Thomas told reporters they were "considering our position in relation to the sentence".

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