Prison officers arrested on drug trafficking ring with crims at Barwon Prison


This comes as no surprise actually folks but the ramifications will be wide and far…MORE TO COME

UPDATE 11/07/12

EXCLUSIVE: KILLER bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson and one of Australia’s most feared hitmen were allegedly able to run a drug ring with corrupt guards inside Victoria’s most secure jail.

 

Three Barwon Prison officers were arrested during raids in Geelong and the northern suburbs yesterday, after an eight-month investigation. Two have since been charged with drug offences.

Sources close to the operation claim one of the guards, a 40-year-old man from Grovedale, had formed a close relationship with the two killers and had been monitored having long conversations in their cells, as well as passing notes and other items under their doors.

Authorities are also concerned about information passed between the cells and out of the prison.

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Barwon Prison security faces fierce scrutiny

Hudson, a Hells Angel, is serving a minimum of 35 years in jail over the 2007 CBD shootings of father of three Brendan Keilar, who died, and Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard.

The contract killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is serving 32 years for the murders of Dorothy and Ramon Abbey in 1987.

Charges against him over the murders of police informers Terence and Christine Hodson were dropped.

The veteran trigger man is linked to some of Australia’s most infamous underworld figures and is suspected of multiple murders.

Last night a 40-year-old Grovedale man was charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, misconduct in public office, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing and using a drug of dependence, while a 40-year-old Norlane man was charged with possessing and using a drug of dependence.

Both were bailed to appear in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 26 September.

A 31-year-old female prison officer from Norlane was interviewed and released pending further inquiries.

A 46-year-old Norlane man and an 18-year-old Delahey man, who were not Corrections Victoria staff, were released pending further inquiries.

Operation Puli, run by Victoria Police drug taskforce detectives, started in November after intelligence was passed on by Corrections Victoria.

Houses were raided in the Geelong area and at Delahey, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, from 7am yesterday.

Cannabis and prescription medication were seized.

Victoria Police acting Deputy Commissioner Jeff Pope said the suspect behaviour was confined to Barwon Prison, the state’s highest-security prison.

“It does seem to be isolated to this core group of prison officers,” Mr Pope said.

“One or two of these guards has formed a relationship with a small group of inmates that is inappropriate.”

Acting Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said the guards worked across the prison and were not restricted to one particular section

An aerial shot of Barwon Prison WHERE SCREWS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AMID A drug trafficking RING INSIDE THE PRISON!

UPDATE 3.15PM 10/07/12

Those arrested were a 40-year-old Grovedale man, a 31-year-old Norlane woman, a 41-year-old Norlane man and a 46-year-old Norlane man.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

Four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

PRISON officers accused of running a drug trafficking ring with criminals have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated raids.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

The Herald Sun understands four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

Barwon Prison, near Geelong, houses the state’s worst convicted criminals, among them influential organised crime figures.

Gangland killer Evangelos Goussis, drug boss Tony Mokbel, and middle-eastern crime gang members are all housed at Barwon Prison, however no identities of inmates connected to today’s raids have been revealed.

Inappropriate relationships between staff and inmates at Corrections Victoria’s jail are considered a major security risk.

Staff at Barwon came under unprecedented levels of scrutiny following the death of  Carl Williams.

More to come …

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Matthew Johnson's Jailhouse Letters from Acacia Unit-Barwon Prison


Well here are the letters you may have heard about, leading up to the murder of Carl  Williams (The Premier) from his  killer, Matthew Johnson (The General)

He  wrote  and received a lot of mail, some from the CBD killer Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, Joe Manella, hit man Evangelos Goussis, as well as cell-mate at the time of Williams death, Tommy Ivanovic. Who was at times at another jail! It certainly shines a light on the inner thoughts and jail house politics in the Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.

When you scroll down click on the first letter in the series, it will expand and all the rest are in order, just use the big arrows to navigate or press ESC to leave. Cheers

Matthew Johnson Jail house Letter Collage, scroll down to see individual letters

Matthew Johnson’s Jailhouse Letters from Acacia Unit-Barwon Prison


Well here are the letters you may have heard about, leading up to the murder of Carl  Williams (The Premier) from his  killer, Matthew Johnson (The General)

He  wrote  and received a lot of mail, some from the CBD killer Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, Joe Manella, hit man Evangelos Goussis, as well as cell-mate at the time of Williams death, Tommy Ivanovic. Who was at times at another jail! It certainly shines a light on the inner thoughts and jail house politics in the Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.

When you scroll down click on the first letter in the series, it will expand and all the rest are in order, just use the big arrows to navigate or press ESC to leave. Cheers

Matthew Johnson Jail house Letter Collage, scroll down to see individual letters

Ombudsman "Jail Failed Carl Williams" Family wants Big Compo plus!


UPDATE 19/04/12 Family to sue Corrections for ONE MILLION for pain and suffering, His EX Roberta, Daughter and stepdaughter as well as his old man George signed legal documents today. Opens a can of worms this does, but expected. You can’t go killing high-profile prisoners in jail under maximum security protection, and it not be noticed for 25 odd minutes! Hate him or not, the jail fucked up. They want compo, as well as the money he was going to get for turning witness for the cops, don’t forget the cops also paid a 750,000 tax bill for poor old George too as part of the previous deal…Crime does pay is some ways…

My other pages on this whole thing here

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/06/22/carl-williams-time-line/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/08/17/carl-williams-pictures-the-web-of-evil/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/10/19/carl-williams-death-accused-matthew-johnson-named/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/08/27/carl-williams-was-killed-almost-instantly-autopsy/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/12/09/matthew-johnson-committal-hearing-accused-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/09/09/carl-williams-murder-trial/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/09/29/matthew-johnson-found-guilty-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/12/08/matthew-johnson-gets-life-minimum-32-years/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/carl-williams-report/

 

Ombudsman finds Corrections Victoria failed Carl Williams REPORT in PDF format  here  Carl_Williams_Apr_2012 or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death behind bars

‘Life will mean life’

Carl’s killer guilty of murder

Matthew Johnson talks about Carl Williams

Prison life

Accused murderer’s prison phone call

Carl’s killer sentenced

Caged mad dog waited to go wild

Baillieu orders jails probe

Signs ignored of Carl on borrowed time

The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.

A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.

The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane.

Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.

“We are ready to commence proceedings but we have been waiting for the outcome of one of the investigations,” solicitor Nicole Spicer told the Herald Sun.
She said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.

The report revealed:

RISKS to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.

TELEPHONE calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.

BARWON Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.

Read “The General” Matthew Johnson’s coded prison letters

ONE intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.

JOHNSONS mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.

Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.

Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.

Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.

“It just saddens me that my daughter has no father and that Carl suffered the way he did, when they could’ve protected him a lot more than they did,” she told 3AW.

Carl Williams’s former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.

He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.

“They should have known the heightened sense of risk. Johnson was a leader of the POW (Prisoners of War) group. They knew all that. They are trying to deflect blame on someone else.

“They accommodated Carl and didn’t try to resist his requests,” he said.

In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.

He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.

“How they ever let it happen I will not know,” he said. “Basically … he was doomed.”

Corrections Commissioner Bob Hastings said his staff were not incompetent but there had been systemic failures that had been fixed since Williams died.

 

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Ombudsman “Jail Failed Carl Williams” Family wants Big Compo plus!


UPDATE 19/04/12 Family to sue Corrections for ONE MILLION for pain and suffering, His EX Roberta, Daughter and stepdaughter as well as his old man George signed legal documents today. Opens a can of worms this does, but expected. You can’t go killing high-profile prisoners in jail under maximum security protection, and it not be noticed for 25 odd minutes! Hate him or not, the jail fucked up. They want compo, as well as the money he was going to get for turning witness for the cops, don’t forget the cops also paid a 750,000 tax bill for poor old George too as part of the previous deal…Crime does pay is some ways…

My other pages on this whole thing here

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/carl-williams-time-line/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/carl-williams-pictures-the-web-of-evil/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/carl-williams-death-accused-matthew-johnson-named/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/carl-williams-was-killed-almost-instantly-autopsy/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/matthew-johnson-committal-hearing-accused-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/carl-williams-murder-trial/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/matthew-johnson-found-guilty-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/matthew-johnson-gets-life-minimum-32-years/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/carl-williams-report/

 

Ombudsman finds Corrections Victoria failed Carl Williams REPORT in PDF format  here  Carl_Williams_Apr_2012 or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death behind bars

‘Life will mean life’

Carl’s killer guilty of murder

Matthew Johnson talks about Carl Williams

Prison life

Accused murderer’s prison phone call

Carl’s killer sentenced

Caged mad dog waited to go wild

Baillieu orders jails probe

Signs ignored of Carl on borrowed time

The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.

A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.

The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane.

Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.

“We are ready to commence proceedings but we have been waiting for the outcome of one of the investigations,” solicitor Nicole Spicer told the Herald Sun.
She said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.

The report revealed:

RISKS to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.

TELEPHONE calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.

BARWON Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.

Read “The General” Matthew Johnson’s coded prison letters

ONE intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.

JOHNSONS mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.

Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.

Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.

Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.

“It just saddens me that my daughter has no father and that Carl suffered the way he did, when they could’ve protected him a lot more than they did,” she told 3AW.

Carl Williams’s former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.

He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.

“They should have known the heightened sense of risk. Johnson was a leader of the POW (Prisoners of War) group. They knew all that. They are trying to deflect blame on someone else.

“They accommodated Carl and didn’t try to resist his requests,” he said.

In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.

He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.

“How they ever let it happen I will not know,” he said. “Basically … he was doomed.”

Corrections Commissioner Bob Hastings said his staff were not incompetent but there had been systemic failures that had been fixed since Williams died.

 

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Gangland hitman Sean Sonnet jailed for second time over kill plot


Finally the case is closed on one of the final hit-men from the Melbourne Gangland wars. After getting a retrial he has been sentenced again although for a shorter time. Both he and fat Tony Mokbel ( For other offences) attempted to get their earlier pleas changed to not guilty over the swearing of Affidavits debacle by the VIC POLICE.

Thankfully that stuff up has been rectified and they got nowhere through retrospective legislation.We could of had thousands of cases having to be reheard and charges dropped  etc.

CAREER criminal who was snared by police moments before he was about to murder underworld figure Mario Condello was today jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Sean Jason Sonnet, who has been found guilty of conspiring to kill Mario Condello

Justice Lex Lasry told Sean Sonnet that despite his 45 prior convictions and long history of violence he was not “beyond redemption” and he said authorities should consider him for parole when his minimum term expires.

Justice Lasry said the “hit” arose out of a relationship Sonnet had with drug lord and underworld figure Carl Williams, Gregg Hildebrand and another man, Michael Thorneycroft.

The four men plotted to kill their target and Sonnet was to be the shooter.

The judge said Sonnet was arrested on June 9, 2004 outside the Brighton cemetery near Condello’s home by Special Operations Group officers and they found a 9mm Luger Beretta down the front of his pants and a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver in a bum bag. Both were full loaded and ready to go.

9mm Luger Beretta

”The plan in which you were involved and in which you were to be the person who would kill the target of the agreement, was a callous and planned conspiracy,” Justice Lasry said in his Supreme Court sentence.

“You were on the verge of putting the plan into effect by shooting a person you thought was the target.”

Sonnet, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder after he won a retrial and after denying for years that he intended to kill anyone.

He has a history of violence in jail against fellow inmates and warders.

Justice Lasry said that because of the death of a witness the Crown had agreed that the “hit” was on an unknown person although it was accepted at his first trial that the target was Condello.

“In many respects that matters little because what is important is that this was an agreement to kill another human being,” Justice Lasry said.

When he was sentenced after his first conspiracy trial, Justice Betty King described Sonnet as a “gun for hire” who was recruited by Williams during the gangland war to cold-bloodedly murder Condello for payment of between $120,000 and $145,000.

Eventually Shot dead: Melbourne underworld figure Mario Condello was killed in February 2006

Justice Lasry said Sonnet embarked on a life of crime while he was still a teenager and had spent a substantial period of the past 20 years in jail.

Sean Sonnet leaving the Supreme Court during his trial

The judge said the effect of his sentence was that because of time already served Sonnet will have just under three years before he is eligible for parole.

Justice Lasry set a maximum term of 10-and-a-half years.

Matthew Johnson gets LIFE minimum 32 years


UPDATE TODAY 18/04/12

Victoria failed in its duty to protect the safety of jailed underworld kingpin Carl Williams, the Ombudsman has said.

In a report tabled in State Parliament this morning, Ombudsman George Brouwer found that Williams was placed in the high-security Acacia unit with Matthew Johnson despite significant risks having been identified.

Acting Corrections Commissioner Rod Wise wrote to Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage in January 2009, identifying risks to the safety of Williams.

“There is little doubt that Johnson is capable of causing Williams harm if he were to find out the true nature of Williams’ cooperation with police,” Mr Wise wrote.

Read the Ombudsman’s full report here

Despite the risks, Mr Wise and Ms Armytage supported the placement of Johnson with Williams.

They both told the Ombudsman that Victoria Police support for this move was an important factor in their decision-making.

Johnson formally requested to be transferred to Williams’ unit in December 2008, and Williams had also made the request.

In January 2010, Victoria Police also told Corrections of a dangerous rift between the underworld associates, warning Williams was one of two persons who were at risk of being murdered at Barwon Prison.

Fearing for his safety after the death threat, authorities moved Williams out of the Acacia unit for eight days, but again placed him with the other inmates after the threat was not substantiated.

Williams ‘fine’ with newspaper report

Experienced prison officers also admitted they had concerns over the placement of Williams and Johnson together well before the murder. However, action was not taken.

A supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria as well as Williams for the death, stating the high-profile inmate had no ”prison sense” and he could not understand how Corrections Victoria had let him be placed with a ”prison thug” like Johnson.

”How they ever let it happen I will not know,” the intelligence officer said.

”Basically … he was doomed.

”He appointed his own assassin are the words I have used, and I stick by it.”

Another prison officer described Johnson as a ”self-proclaimed leader of the prison gang”.

”I suppose Carl went down the path … I probably started to feel a little uneasy how the relationship would end,” the prison officer told the Ombudsman.

Another senior prison official admitted they did not take any action on concerns for Williams’ safety because they were not supported by evidence, and still believed there were not the grounds to have justified action prior to the attack.

Williams’ killer allowed to send emails with gun logo

Ombudsman George Brouwer found Corrections Victoria had enough intelligence before Williams’ murder that it should have had serious concerns for his safety, but it failed to consider the warnings or reassess the underworld figure’s placement in the Acacia unit.

A damning email sent by ‘Prison officer A’ in March 14, 2009, to senior prison staff revealed that other prisoners were aware that Williams was co-operating with police.

”These views, no matter how true or unfounded, may be the cause for concern to the safety of prisoner Williams and may be the cause of some sort of attempt to harm prisoner Williams or those around him,” the email states.

Although other officers agreed there was a safety threat, some stated they did not receive the message and no action was taken.

A review of letters written by Johnson after the murder revealed warnings about his placement with Williams, however the revelations were not recorded in the prison’s security checks until after the death.

In one letter to his cousin on April 5, 2010 Johnson warned of forthcoming media attention but said ”just don’t want you to worry … I’ll be sweet so don’t stress.”

A week later he wrote to another prisoner stating that Williams was ”not right in the head” and had gone insane.

The day before he beat Williams to death Johnson wrote to another prisoner that he expected to be kept in prison for a lot longer than previously sentenced; ”as for myself, I think that now I’ll have to hang around for a while longer. doesn’t matter, but coz (sic) I love this s–t,” Johnson wrote.

”I am the true general so I must keep things in good order.”

But operations manager of the prison intelligence unit Peter Hutchinson said he did not believe the details in Johnson’s letter were enough to justify removing Williams from the Acacia unit, even though his unit thought the expected ”media attention” related to Williams.

Williams was struck on the head several times with a metal object by Johnson on April 19, 2010, and dies of his injuries.

Corrections Victoria has been told to improve CCTV systems, retraining of staff, a review of procedures and other reforms.

Carl Williams’ father George did not want to comment when shown the report by the Herald Sun this morning.

“No one has told me nothing about it in two years,” Mr Williams said.

“They say it’s an ongoing investigation. How ongoing is it?”

 

UPDATE 11.40am: THE man who murdered gangland boss Carl Williams has been jailed for life.

Well no real surprises here that he got life, he knew the score and realised his future was always going to be in jail (if not for all the other crimes he would have committed if released) So he has fulfilled his self-confessed prophecy and its HOME SWEET HOME for Johnson. Maybe the authorities will choose his next cell mates a bit more wisely, if he gets any at all…And he will be doing it tough, as he won’t have the generous little kick of a couple hundred a month that Carl Williams old man, George was sending him prior to killing his son anymore…..

Listen to the Judge sentence this low life here… http://mp3.news.com.au/hwt/Matthew_Johnson_sentence_excerpt_8dec11.mp3

The Premier and the General

Matthew Charles Johnson, 38, must serve at least 32 years for what Justice Lex Lasry described as “an appalling murder”.

Williams was bashed to death as he sat reading a newspaper in a Barwon Prison unit in April last year.

Johnson’s claim of self-defence was rejected by a Supreme Court jury and today Justice Lasry said it was a “fanciful” defence.

He said Johnson killed Williams because the underworld figure was helping police over the murders of police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine.

The judge said Johnson was the “General” of a prison gang called the Prisoners of War who hated anyone assisting police – and he could not be seen to condone what his cellmate Williams was doing.

Justice Lasry said Johnson seemed to think he had a “special entitlement to kill” and Williams had died as a result of a “meaningless prison code”.

He also hit out at prison authorities for housing Williams with Johnson, who has more than 150 convictions and a known hatred of criminals who assist police.

“How the prison authorities allowed that to happen is beyond me,” he said.

“On any view you were a threat to his welfare”.

Williams’s father George, ex-wife Roberta and her children were in court for the sentencing.

Toby Mitchell shooting- “Prisoners on War” Jail Gang link


AN underworld criminal linked with powerful jail gang Prisoners of War is being investigated over the public shooting of bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell.

Danielle McGuire outside Royal Melbourne Hospital on Friday, as were several Bandidos members. Inset: Toby Mitchell. (This Image digitally enhanced by the Herald Sun)

The feared jail gang leader and an associate led police on a short chase in the city on Thursday before being arrested with a pistol.

The gun was found under the front seat of a luxury car that was being driven the wrong way up tram tracks on Collins St.

The gun was not the same firearm used to blast up to six bullets at Mitchell – the Bandidos sergeant-at-arms – near a supermarket carpark in Brunswick three days earlier.

Police also found what they believe to be a gym floor plan in the car.

Mitchell was shot outside Doherty’s Gym while talking to owner Tony Doherty.

Following the city arrests, police conducted further raids in Skye and Mill Park.

Detectives initially denied there was a link between the city arrests and the Mitchell shooting.

Toby Mitchell lost a kidney and part of his liver after being shot multiple times in Brunswick

Mitchell has refused to make a statement to police from his hospital bed and investigators have chosen not to release CCTV footage from Bandidos security cameras outside their Weston St clubhouse, next to the gym.

Mitchell was repeatedly shot as he ran from his attackers and has had surgery to remove a kidney.

It is believed he was placed in an induced coma at the weekend and has also lost part of his liver.

Sources have told the Herald Sun that Mitchell was shot up to five times.

The daylight shooting in front of schoolchildren and shoppers has the potential to escalate into a deadly war between organised crime figures and outlaw bikies.

It is believed the Mitchell shooting is related to a planned hit on his predecessor as Bandidos sergeant-at-arms, Lee Undy.

Undy was jailed for 22 months last month over firearm offences, leaving Mitchell to take over his enforcer position at the club.

A feud, which has led to heavy-handed treatment of underworld figures by Undy and Mitchell over drugs, is believed to be at the centre of the conflict.

Undy, who drives a Ferrari and has a tattoo “FTW” (f— the world), on his face, was a regular visitor to Thailand and Dubai.

The court heard last month Undy was arming himself after police warned him of the threat to his life.

One of the theories to emerge about the Mitchell hit was that it was ordered by a player in Melbourne’s drug trade.

Another is that an underworld figure’s arms were broken by Bandidos.

It was also claimed that Roberta Williams’ fiance Rob Carpenter had been bashed by club members.

In other developments:

POLICE know where the Ford Territory used by the gunmen was stolen from.

A GANGLAND figure photographed at the funeral of Williams’ henchman Benji Veniamin, who is a King St regular, had his arms broken by members of a bikie gang.

LEADING bikie figures have been to Asia helping set up new chapters.

 

Toby Mitchell shooting- "Prisoners on War" Jail Gang link


AN underworld criminal linked with powerful jail gang Prisoners of War is being investigated over the public shooting of bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell.

Danielle McGuire outside Royal Melbourne Hospital on Friday, as were several Bandidos members. Inset: Toby Mitchell. (This Image digitally enhanced by the Herald Sun)

The feared jail gang leader and an associate led police on a short chase in the city on Thursday before being arrested with a pistol.

The gun was found under the front seat of a luxury car that was being driven the wrong way up tram tracks on Collins St.

The gun was not the same firearm used to blast up to six bullets at Mitchell – the Bandidos sergeant-at-arms – near a supermarket carpark in Brunswick three days earlier.

Police also found what they believe to be a gym floor plan in the car.

Mitchell was shot outside Doherty’s Gym while talking to owner Tony Doherty.

Following the city arrests, police conducted further raids in Skye and Mill Park.

Detectives initially denied there was a link between the city arrests and the Mitchell shooting.

Toby Mitchell lost a kidney and part of his liver after being shot multiple times in Brunswick

Mitchell has refused to make a statement to police from his hospital bed and investigators have chosen not to release CCTV footage from Bandidos security cameras outside their Weston St clubhouse, next to the gym.

Mitchell was repeatedly shot as he ran from his attackers and has had surgery to remove a kidney.

It is believed he was placed in an induced coma at the weekend and has also lost part of his liver.

Sources have told the Herald Sun that Mitchell was shot up to five times.

The daylight shooting in front of schoolchildren and shoppers has the potential to escalate into a deadly war between organised crime figures and outlaw bikies.

It is believed the Mitchell shooting is related to a planned hit on his predecessor as Bandidos sergeant-at-arms, Lee Undy.

Undy was jailed for 22 months last month over firearm offences, leaving Mitchell to take over his enforcer position at the club.

A feud, which has led to heavy-handed treatment of underworld figures by Undy and Mitchell over drugs, is believed to be at the centre of the conflict.

Undy, who drives a Ferrari and has a tattoo “FTW” (f— the world), on his face, was a regular visitor to Thailand and Dubai.

The court heard last month Undy was arming himself after police warned him of the threat to his life.

One of the theories to emerge about the Mitchell hit was that it was ordered by a player in Melbourne’s drug trade.

Another is that an underworld figure’s arms were broken by Bandidos.

It was also claimed that Roberta Williams’ fiance Rob Carpenter had been bashed by club members.

In other developments:

POLICE know where the Ford Territory used by the gunmen was stolen from.

A GANGLAND figure photographed at the funeral of Williams’ henchman Benji Veniamin, who is a King St regular, had his arms broken by members of a bikie gang.

LEADING bikie figures have been to Asia helping set up new chapters.

 

Matthew Johnson Found Guilty of Murdering Carl Williams


Matthew Johnson has been found guilty of Murder

UPDATE 08/12/11 Sentencing today

R v Matthew Charles Johnson (sentence)
Melbourne Court 4, 11:00am
Justice Lex Lasry

Johnson is set for sentencing at 11am (now) But Justice Lex Lasry will go through the crime and circumstances before he actually sentences him. Hopefully he will do that within an hour or 2….They like to go on a bit…

I expect the last words Johnson will hear before being carted back to Barwon will be life Imprisonment, and then as it will be his final appearance he will leave the judge with some fine words of wisdom…

Anyway I will put an update as soon as I get the info, I was thinking about going in for it, but apparently the scumbag’s loser friends don’t think that highly of me I hear….haha

Matthew Johnson Found Guilty of Murdering Carl Williams

Justice Lasry has just adjourned the court until tomorrow morning at 9.30am when further administrative applications will be heard and considered. Johnson has now been remanded to Barwon Prison until further hearing on plea and sentence.

MORE TO COME 3.50pm 29/09/11 scroll down to read what the jury didnt know about this KILLER

CARL Williams’ killer Matthew Charles Johnson has been found guilty of his murder.

The verdict was reached just before 3.23pm today after deliberations that took over 13 hours over two days.

The violent career criminal bashed the gangland identity to death with an exercise bike stem in a surprise attack caught on chilling security video.

But staff weren’t manning the cameras that captured Johnson approaching Williams, 39, from behind as he sat at a table reading the Herald Sun in his high-security Barwon prison unit on April 19 last year.

Johnson, 38, told the jury he acted in self-defence, claiming another prisoner warned him that Williams was going to attack him with a sock full of billiard balls so he had to get in first.

But a Supreme Court jury’s verdict means they didn’t believe the threat was ever made.

The trial sat for 14 days and heard explosive allegations made by Williams before his death, including that a corrupt policeman paid him to have police informer Terence Hodson executed.

The prosecution had argued that Johnson’s motive might have been Williams’ agreement to help police over the Hodson murder.

The jury weren’t told Johnson has well over 100 convictions, has spent most of his adult life in prison and has a history of bashing other inmates for “turning dog” or helping authorities.

The Premier and the General

A former concreter who didn’t finish high school, Johnson was a jail heavyweight and self-proclaimed “general” of a group of inmates who called themselves the Prisoners of War.

He wrote of his plans to kill Williams the day before he did, telling another inmate, “not much doing here brother, just D2TE (death to the enemy) the way it should be”.

“I think I’ll have to hang around for a while longer … doesn’t matter but coz I love this s—. I am the true general so I must keep things in good order, true.”

He told nobody of the threat by Williams and the man who allegedly conveyed the message, cellmate Tommy Ivanovic, did not give evidence at the trial.

Johnson claimed Williams treated him badly, looked down on him and told him he was disloyal for refusing to kill a policeman for him.

He said he feared retribution for his family outside if he reacted to Williams’ provocation.

“He was a killer. If you’re not going to take a threat that comes from his corner seriously there’s something wrong with you,” he told the jury.

The trial heard evidence from Williams’ father George, who once shared the unit with Williams and Johnson before his release on parole, and Roberta Williams.

The jury also heard details of Williams’ claims of high-reaching police corruption, including that former drug squad detective Paul Dale paid him to have Hodson killed so the informer would not be able to give evidence in Dale’s court case.

VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE UNIT THE DAY CARL WAS MURDERED

AUDIO SECRETLY RECORDED INSIDE JAIL DURING VISITS

 

WHAT THE JURY DID NOT KNOW AT THE TRIAL

THE jury in the Matthew Johnson trial knew he was a criminal, but heard nothing of his frighteningly violent past.

More than a decade before he bashed Williams to death, he’d committed a strikingly similar crime in the very same unit of Barwon Prison – and claimed self-defence that time too.

And recently he faced a murder charge after an 18-year-old was shot dead over $50 worth of cannabis. That time, the jury believed him and he was cleared.

In 1998, he was part of a group of inmates that attacked a fellow prisoner for “giving information” to authorities – and used the same weapon he killed Williams with.

The victim of that beating, killer Greg Brazel, had been put into an Acacia unit exercise yard alone for his own safety.

But even prison walls were no match for Johnson and his cronies, who were set on attacking him.

Using a rowing machine and chair, the group pounded the armoured glass protecting Brazel for 45 minutes until they broke through, with Johnson then wielding a sandwich maker to inflict large gashes to his head.

A sandwich maker was something Johnson admitted to the jury he’d also considered using to kill Williams.

A prison officer reported seeing him use an exercise bike seat with the post attached to hit Brazel before punching and kicking him on the ground.

He ordered one of the others to stand guard and stop prison officers entering.

When charged over the assault, Johnson claimed Brazel had broken the glass himself and invited Johnson to enter before attacking him.

Johnson said he was forced to hit and kick him in self-defence.

During the County Court trial the group threw a bag of excrement into the jury box and Johnson broke wind into a microphone.

Later, Johnson menacingly called out to the juror that had been struck by the excrement – by name.

They were banished from their own hearing to watch proceedings from another room linked by video camera.

There his co-offenders bared their buttocks at the camera and the group disrupted the hearing with the Collingwood theme song.

Johnson was also involved in bashing another prisoner in 1995 after breaking into a protection unit.

By the time of the Brazel attack he had already racked up 132 convictions.

His shocking record includes taking part in the infamous Port Phillip Prison riot in 1998, armed robberies and break-ins.

He was accused of shooting dead a teenager in 2007 over a $50 drug purchase.

“Before the deceased could explain himself, Johnson pulled out a nine millimetre pistol and shot him in the chest,” the jury was told in that trial, with a co-offender giving evidence that he saw Johnson pull the trigger.

He was found not guilty of the crime. Johnson also recently pleaded guilty over a carjacking, in which he held up a mother and two teenagers at gunpoint as they sat in a McDonald’s car park

More here about that killing here http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/#comment-13873

(Including some great debate and comment)

Carl "The Premier" Williams Cell

Once an exercise bike, now part of a crime scene

Who had the balls to kill who?