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 …

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.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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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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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-UPDATES


UPDATE 12/03/15

Such a shame, apparently everyone says Toby is a top guy (when they are within a foot of him) The truth is he is a long time crim, a thug, an enforcer of sorts who is happy to Delegate his tasks to others. he happened to have a stack of enemies inside and out of jail. No wonder he was keen for bail.

Ex-Bandido bikie Toby Mitchell denied bail over alleged South Melbourne assault

Former bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell has again been refused bail by a Supreme Court judge over allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill a man and his baby daughter.

Mitchell allegedly attacked the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at a South Melbourne Cafe in January after he refused to lend Mitchell $300,000.

Police allege the victim took his three-month-old daughter to the meeting as protection.

The court heard Mitchell allegedly responded by punching the man in the face, jabbing him with a gun and threatening to kill both him and his daughter.

He was denied bail in January but reapplied.

Mitchell’s lawyer told the court no one else had witnessed it and argued he should not disqualified from bail because of his history. mmmm

During the bail application hearing, Justice Betty King questioned whether she could impose bail conditions on Mitchell, because he had admitted to punching the man in public and shown contempt for the law.

Justice King also found he was an unacceptable risk of interfering with witnesses.

A former member of outlaw motorcycle gang the Bandidos, the 40-year-old was shot several times outside a Brunswick gym in 2011 and lost a kidney.

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.