Ex-Bulldogs star Ryan Tandy found guilty of NRL match-fixing


Ryan Tandy found guilty of trying to fix 2010 match between Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys.

Well the time has finally come to make this bloke accountable for trying to cheat the game and the fans, all because he is a greedy gambling addict.Shame on those close to him, like his professional manager who got in on the act himself too.But we will hear more on that after today.He is awaiting sentencing this afternoon as I type this….lets hope he gets a sentence as a punishment and a DETERRENT to others thinking about doing the same…

UPDATE 12.02 06/10/11 How is this for a joke! Ryan Tandy convicted, fined $4000 and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond. And his lawyers will be appealing that.Should consider himself a lucky bastard

FORMER Bulldogs forward Ryan Tandy has been found guilty of match-fixing in an NRL betting scam.

Sports Cheat Tandy will be sentenced later today

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist today said it was clear there was a plan to manipulate the first scoring of the game in August 2010 between the Bulldogs and the North Queensland Cowboys.

The plan had to include at least one player to make the bet come off, and the only rational hypothesis was that Tandy’s role was to do all that he could to make sure the Cowboys scored the first penalty goal, Ms Wahlquist said.

“He is the only player the evidence points to,” she said.

Tandy, 30, had pleaded not guilty to manipulating the first scoring point of the match to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage for “Sam Ayoub, John Elias and others, to win $113,245 from Tabcorp“.

The charge relates to an “unusual” betting plunge on the round 24 match, specifically to bets that the first points would be scored from a Cowboys penalty goal.

Tandy was penalised two minutes into the game for impeding a Cowboys player in front of the posts, after Tandy spilled the ball and gave away possession.

The magistrate is hearing sentencing submissions.

IT took Ryan Tandy less than a week to accrue gambling debts of $30,000 which he later said he would not repay because he “disputed” some bets made on his behalf, a court heard yesterday.

The former Bulldogs forward is facing Downing Centre Local Court on four charges of lying to the NSW Crime Commission during a police investigation into suspicious betting activity on a match last NRL season between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Bulldogs.

The 28-year-old has pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well as to one count of attempting to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception.

The court heard former racing journalist John Schell organised for another man, Damien Flower, to place bets on Tandy’s behalf in June and July last year.

Schell told the court that Tandy, at that stage playing for the Melbourne Storm, had said he didn’t want bets made in his own name in light of the salary cap scandal, which had been exposed just weeks earlier.

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The court heard that Tandy asked for three bets of $5000 to be placed on horses to win at Flemington and Sydney – only for them all to place second.

Snell said he became concerned when Tandy’s debts grew to more than $30,000 and the NRL player started to “dispute” some of the bets he’d made.

But Snell said Tandy contacted him that June weekend and during the following week about placing bets on NRL matches.

Tandy was investigated after a flurry of bets was placed on the 2010 round 24 NRL match between the Bulldogs and the Cowboys in the unusual option of North Queensland scoring first from a penalty goal.

Tandy conceded a penalty in the opening moments of the game. However, North Queensland opted to take a quick tap in front of the posts and scored a try instead.

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Contributors Wanted-Long hours, no pay…Passion for the truth a must


Contributors Wanted-Long hours, no pay…Well I’m kidding about long hours that will be up to you, but yes NO PAY! It’s a tough world this blogging business, and I’m falling behind because I cannot keep up on everything happening nor keep up with cases and events WORTHY of coverage and exposure here! I also encourage people to also have an opinion as an author when they put their name to a story. The debates on here are one of the best things we have

So here is what I am asking for folks and then you can decide if it is something you are interested in doing for our little community here and the wider “Net” for people to discover without fear or favour.

  • Contributors from each State, to allow better coverage on cases in their state as they happen
  • Researchers that can help look beyond the headlines (the sleuths that use more than google to find stuff!) Maybe suitable for anyone who likes to dig around, but not be the face of the article
  • Moderators now I pretty much allow anyone to have their say in the comments, but we do get people who trawl and make extreme comments purely for their own entertainment and stir up trouble. Over use of certain explicit language. So someone to help keep these types in line or off-line all together by deleting irrelevant vulgar comments etc

These are all ideas and please, I do this for you all, assuming you are the same as me and hate seeing the criminals, and scum-bags that float around our cities and streets getting away with stuff unscathed, hidden behind friends in high places or ancient suppression orders handed out like ice creams…

So please, suggestions here are encouraged, make a comment below…because without you guys, this site is nothing… Thanks

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Police officer Damian Leeding's life support to be switched off


Senior Constable Damian Leeding was responding to a triple-0 call at the Pacific Pines Tavern when he was shot.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the face at the Pacific Pines Tavern on Sunday night.

A police statement tonight said: “The Queensland Police Service understands that the family of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support in the next 24 hours on medical advice concerning his condition.

“The Queensland Police Service is – and will continue – to provide every possible support to the family of DSC Leeding during this incredibly sad time, and our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and Damian’s Coomera CIB colleagues this evening.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the care of DSC Leeding, including the QAS officers, nursing and medical staff at the Gold Coast Hospital.”

Sen-Const Leeding’s family were awaiting the arrival of his father and sister who were making a dash from the UK, but they are now not expected to arrive until possibly Thursday.

Speaking outside Gold Coast Hospital earlier today, Sen. Const Leeding’s father-in-law, Gary O’Brien, said decisions on the officer’s fate  “could possibly be made today”.

Mr O’Brien, the father of Sen. Const Leeding’s police officer wife Sonya, said the family was trying to stay strong.

“At the moment, we’re all travelling a bit of a bumpy road but we’re all doing okay,” he said.

“We just want to thank everybody on the Gold Coast – the support has been absolutely amazing.”

Mr O’Brien, a paramedic, said he had been dealing with tragedy for 30 years “but when the boot’s on the other foot, it’s pretty tough going”.

“We’d just like people to respect our privacy both here (at the hospital) and at home,” he said.

“There will possibly be decisions made today and I’m sure you guys (the media) will hear about it after today.”

Mr O’Brien described his son-in-law as “absolutely the most amazing guy”.

“As well as a son-in-law, he’s a good mate,” he said.

“(He’s the) father of two of my grandkids and a guy who just lives for each day, his family and his kids. He’s just the best guy you could meet.”

Mr O’Brien said the welfare of Sen-Const Leeding’s two children, baby Grace and two-year-old Hudson, was now the priority for the family.

“Everybody’s doing their hardest to make sure that side of the family’s kept intact and we’re moving forward with that,” he said.

Three people have been remanded in custody over the shooting.

THREE people charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

THREE people will face court tomorrow morning charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

A 37-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, all from Nerang, have been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding.

They are also charged with armed robbery and seven counts of deprivation of liberty of four tavern patrons, two staff members and security guard.

Police will allege that shortly before 11pm last night, officers were called to an armed robbery in progress at the Pacific Pines Tavern.

Plain Clothes Senior Constable Damian Leeding was in the first responding vehicle from the Coomera CIB and was allegedly shot in the head by a shotgun.

Police will allege the violent attack was captured on CCTV footage.

They are expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Sen Const Leeding is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital.

It follows last night’s robbery where gunmen stormed the Pacific Pines Tavern just on closing time and took staff and patrons hostage as they demanded money.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding, one of the first two officers on the scene, was shot in the head.

The incident occurred just before 11pm last night as police responded to an armed robbery call-out.

The 35-year-old officer is in a critical condition at Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.

Sen Const Leeding, who is based at Coomera, is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said the thoughts of all were with Damian as he fights for life.

”We hope and pray that he recovers from these awful injuries,” he said.

Police commissioner Bob Atkinson said the first response unit contained two detectives, Damian Leeding and his female partner.

”They arrived at the tavern at approximately quarter to 11 last night. The armed robbery was still in progress at that time.

”We will be alleging this offence was around closing time, we will be alleging that hostages were involved and we will be alleging that the hostages involved were both staff and patrons.

”Soon after, Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the head with a shot gun.

”He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital. His family are with him — his wife is by his side.

”We hold grave concerns for his overall condition.”

The commissioner said the dog quad officers tracked two offenders and the scene and a third person was located later.

He said there may still be other offenders with a long way to go in the investigation.

Assistant commissioner Paul Wilson praised the first aid efforts of Sen Const Leeding’s female partner on the job who kept him alive.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Sen Const Leeding may have only been an officer for eight years but he has quickly risen through the ranks to work in the plain clothes division.

”The family is at the hospital now and conducting a vigil,” Mr Atkinson said.

”He’s put his safety at risk to protect the public.

”We pray he is OK, but he is in a critical condition.”

The shooting comes after a call for a specialist armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast following a spate of hold-ups this year.

Mr Atkinson said this incident would raise further questions about the need for a specific armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast.

”Nothing’s off the table,” Mr Atkinson told reporters.

”We review the staffing needs of this area constantly and particularly each year.

”This was a higher end type armed robbery.

”It occurred around closing time and people were taken effectively hostage.”

Police officer Damian Leeding’s life support to be switched off


Senior Constable Damian Leeding was responding to a triple-0 call at the Pacific Pines Tavern when he was shot.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the face at the Pacific Pines Tavern on Sunday night.

A police statement tonight said: “The Queensland Police Service understands that the family of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support in the next 24 hours on medical advice concerning his condition.

“The Queensland Police Service is – and will continue – to provide every possible support to the family of DSC Leeding during this incredibly sad time, and our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and Damian’s Coomera CIB colleagues this evening.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the care of DSC Leeding, including the QAS officers, nursing and medical staff at the Gold Coast Hospital.”

Sen-Const Leeding’s family were awaiting the arrival of his father and sister who were making a dash from the UK, but they are now not expected to arrive until possibly Thursday.

Speaking outside Gold Coast Hospital earlier today, Sen. Const Leeding’s father-in-law, Gary O’Brien, said decisions on the officer’s fate  “could possibly be made today”.

Mr O’Brien, the father of Sen. Const Leeding’s police officer wife Sonya, said the family was trying to stay strong.

“At the moment, we’re all travelling a bit of a bumpy road but we’re all doing okay,” he said.

“We just want to thank everybody on the Gold Coast – the support has been absolutely amazing.”

Mr O’Brien, a paramedic, said he had been dealing with tragedy for 30 years “but when the boot’s on the other foot, it’s pretty tough going”.

“We’d just like people to respect our privacy both here (at the hospital) and at home,” he said.

“There will possibly be decisions made today and I’m sure you guys (the media) will hear about it after today.”

Mr O’Brien described his son-in-law as “absolutely the most amazing guy”.

“As well as a son-in-law, he’s a good mate,” he said.

“(He’s the) father of two of my grandkids and a guy who just lives for each day, his family and his kids. He’s just the best guy you could meet.”

Mr O’Brien said the welfare of Sen-Const Leeding’s two children, baby Grace and two-year-old Hudson, was now the priority for the family.

“Everybody’s doing their hardest to make sure that side of the family’s kept intact and we’re moving forward with that,” he said.

Three people have been remanded in custody over the shooting.

THREE people charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

THREE people will face court tomorrow morning charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding

A 37-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, all from Nerang, have been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding.

They are also charged with armed robbery and seven counts of deprivation of liberty of four tavern patrons, two staff members and security guard.

Police will allege that shortly before 11pm last night, officers were called to an armed robbery in progress at the Pacific Pines Tavern.

Plain Clothes Senior Constable Damian Leeding was in the first responding vehicle from the Coomera CIB and was allegedly shot in the head by a shotgun.

Police will allege the violent attack was captured on CCTV footage.

They are expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Sen Const Leeding is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital.

It follows last night’s robbery where gunmen stormed the Pacific Pines Tavern just on closing time and took staff and patrons hostage as they demanded money.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding, one of the first two officers on the scene, was shot in the head.

The incident occurred just before 11pm last night as police responded to an armed robbery call-out.

The 35-year-old officer is in a critical condition at Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.

Sen Const Leeding, who is based at Coomera, is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said the thoughts of all were with Damian as he fights for life.

”We hope and pray that he recovers from these awful injuries,” he said.

Police commissioner Bob Atkinson said the first response unit contained two detectives, Damian Leeding and his female partner.

”They arrived at the tavern at approximately quarter to 11 last night. The armed robbery was still in progress at that time.

”We will be alleging this offence was around closing time, we will be alleging that hostages were involved and we will be alleging that the hostages involved were both staff and patrons.

”Soon after, Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the head with a shot gun.

”He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital. His family are with him — his wife is by his side.

”We hold grave concerns for his overall condition.”

The commissioner said the dog quad officers tracked two offenders and the scene and a third person was located later.

He said there may still be other offenders with a long way to go in the investigation.

Assistant commissioner Paul Wilson praised the first aid efforts of Sen Const Leeding’s female partner on the job who kept him alive.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Sen Const Leeding may have only been an officer for eight years but he has quickly risen through the ranks to work in the plain clothes division.

”The family is at the hospital now and conducting a vigil,” Mr Atkinson said.

”He’s put his safety at risk to protect the public.

”We pray he is OK, but he is in a critical condition.”

The shooting comes after a call for a specialist armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast following a spate of hold-ups this year.

Mr Atkinson said this incident would raise further questions about the need for a specific armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast.

”Nothing’s off the table,” Mr Atkinson told reporters.

”We review the staffing needs of this area constantly and particularly each year.

”This was a higher end type armed robbery.

”It occurred around closing time and people were taken effectively hostage.”

Judy Moran GUILTY of MURDER


GANGLAND widow Judy Moran has been found guilty of murder over the killing of her brother-in-law Des “Tuppence’” Moran.

Found guilty of Murder this morning...Bye bye Judy

Moran, 66, bowed her head and became teary as the foreman announced the verdict in the Supreme Court

It took the jury of nine men and three women six days to reach their decision after a month-long trial.

Ex Rebels bikie president Geoffrey “Nuts” Armour shot Des Moran, 61, inside his favourite Ascot Vale cafe in front of several witnesses on June 15, 2009.

The jury was told Judy Moran drove Armour and his friend turned prosecution witness Michael Farrugia to and from the scene and later disposed of evidence.

Prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, told the jury the plot was an agreement between Judy Moran and Armour due to an on-going financial dispute.

“This was a planned and calculated murder motivated by (Judy) Moran…and an on-going financial dispute with (Des Moran),” Mr Rochford alleged in his opening address.

Farrugia, who told the trial he thought he was helping Armour on a debt-collecting mission, gave evidence against Judy Moran.

In sworn testimony he said she was the driver and told the two men she would get rid of evidence after the shooting.

Moran had pleaded not guilty to murder and accessory after the fact.

She gave evidence herself, claiming she was at Fawkner Cemetery visiting her son Mark’s grave on the morning of Tuppence’s murder – which was the day of the ninth anniversary of Mark’s death.
“Obviously you don’t know me as a person,” she told Mr Rochford while under cross examination.

“I wouldn’t be involved in anything like that at my age now – let alone all the other 60 years.”

The jury did not believe her.

Detectives arrested Moran after she drove the getaway car from her garage and dumped it in a Brunswick street while wearing gloves.

After arresting Moran, detectives searched her house and found the murder weapon and clothing linked to Armour and Farrugia stuffed in a hidden safe.

Justice Lex Lasry will sentence Moran on a date to be fixed.

Before the trial, Farrugia, 46, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received four years’ jail with a two-year minimum term.

Armour, 45, has pleaded guilty to murder and is yet to be sentenced.

His de facto, Suzanne Kane, 47, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and received a suspended sentence due to time served while on remand.

Michael Farrugia admits to killing Des 'Tuppence' Moran


That was no surprise, but good to see  a seasoned crim turn dog  for a bit of self presevation. Shame he is probably going to hame to live a pretty lonely life in protective custody though…

Michael Farrugia (hiding) driven in to the Melbourne Magistrates Court

A MAN has pleaded guilty over the shooting death of Des “Tuppence” Moran and agreed to give evidence in the prosecution case.

Justice Lex Lasry was told Michael Sam Farrugia, 47, has provided two statements to homicide detectives.

Judy Moran, Suzanne Kane, and Geoffrey Armour have also been charged over the murder.

Farrugia, who was one of two alleged shooters, was alone in the dock of the Supreme Court today when the manslaughter charge was read to him and he replied in a  clear voice “guilty”.

Michael Farrugia who is charged with the murder of Des 'Tuppence' Moran

The maintenance fitter then entered the witness box, where he agreed he had provided police with statements on November 16 and 22.

Prosecutor Claire Quin asked: “You have given an undertaking to give evidence in accordance with the two statements” and Farrugia replied: “Yes, I am”.

Des Tuppence Moran, shot dead

Mr Moran was gunned down on June 15 after he finished a bowl of soup at his favourite cafe.

Farrugia was charged with murder, along with Ms Moran, 65, who was the victim’s sister-in-law, Mr Armour, 44, and Ms Kane, 45.

Farrugia, known as Fudge, was alleged to have been one of two gunmen who witnesses saw running from the scene.

On March 17, 2009 there was an attempt on the life of Des Moran in the driveway of his Langs Road home when a shot was fired at the driver of his car.

The bullet hit the steering wheel, missing the driver and Mr Moran who was in the passenger seat of his Mercedes-Benz

Michael Farrugia admits to killing Des ‘Tuppence’ Moran


That was no surprise, but good to see  a seasoned crim turn dog  for a bit of self presevation. Shame he is probably going to hame to live a pretty lonely life in protective custody though…

Michael Farrugia (hiding) driven in to the Melbourne Magistrates Court

A MAN has pleaded guilty over the shooting death of Des “Tuppence” Moran and agreed to give evidence in the prosecution case.

Justice Lex Lasry was told Michael Sam Farrugia, 47, has provided two statements to homicide detectives.

Judy Moran, Suzanne Kane, and Geoffrey Armour have also been charged over the murder.

Farrugia, who was one of two alleged shooters, was alone in the dock of the Supreme Court today when the manslaughter charge was read to him and he replied in a  clear voice “guilty”.

Michael Farrugia who is charged with the murder of Des 'Tuppence' Moran

The maintenance fitter then entered the witness box, where he agreed he had provided police with statements on November 16 and 22.

Prosecutor Claire Quin asked: “You have given an undertaking to give evidence in accordance with the two statements” and Farrugia replied: “Yes, I am”.

Des Tuppence Moran, shot dead

Mr Moran was gunned down on June 15 after he finished a bowl of soup at his favourite cafe.

Farrugia was charged with murder, along with Ms Moran, 65, who was the victim’s sister-in-law, Mr Armour, 44, and Ms Kane, 45.

Farrugia, known as Fudge, was alleged to have been one of two gunmen who witnesses saw running from the scene.

On March 17, 2009 there was an attempt on the life of Des Moran in the driveway of his Langs Road home when a shot was fired at the driver of his car.

The bullet hit the steering wheel, missing the driver and Mr Moran who was in the passenger seat of his Mercedes-Benz

Chaouk matriarch calls for an end to ongoing feud with rival clan


Crime family patriarch dies of illness
May 4, 2012

AHMED Haddara, who was questioned over the murder of rival clan patriarch Macchour Chaouk, has died of natural causes.

Haddara and Chaouk were the heads of two rival Middle Eastern crime gangs operating in Melbourne’s west.

Chaouk, 65, was shot dead in the backyard of his Brooklyn home in August 2010.
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Police have yet to charge anyone over the shooting but days after the murder, Haddara, 57 at the time, was taken in for questioning.

He was later released without charge, but police said before he died he was ”a person of interest”. Haddara is believed to have been ill for some time.

At the height of the clan war, police placed a guard on Haddara’s home, also in Melbourne’s west, to prevent retaliation.

Chaouk is believed to have whispered the identity of his killer to family before he died.

Investigations, headed by Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles, are continuing. The Chaouk family has said it has faith the detective will bring the killer to justice.

Chaouk matriarch calls for an end to ongoing feud with rival clan

Fatima Chaouk

THE cancer-stricken matriarch of Melbourne‘s Chaouk clan is desperate to end their vicious blood feud with the rival Haddara clan, a judge was told today.

Defence lawyer Tas Roubos told a County Court plea hearing the Chaouk family had gone through a “cultural change” since patriarch Macchour Chaouk was gunned down in his back yard in August.

Mr Roubos said his wife, Fatma Chaouk, has taken control and she wants all of the outstanding criminal matters involving her family to be resolved so they can escape the feud.

“The family is seriously contemplating moving from Melbourne,” Mr Roubos said.

“It’s just not tenable to remain in Melbourne any more.”

Mr Roubos said Mrs Chaouk’s attitude to the war between the families was “this has to end”.

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Judge McInerney commented: ”I am sure the community will be very pleased if it does end.”

Today Fatma’s son, Matwali Chaouk, 26, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a number of firearms offences, which Mr Roubos said stemmed from the feud with the Haddaras and the tit-for-tat violence.

Mr Roubos said Fatma Chaouk did not want her family to be involved in the continual spiral of violence and she had given the homicide squad unprecedented co-operation in the hunt for her husband’s killer.

He said Mrs Chaouk had cancer and a limited life span and it would be a disaster for Matwali Chaouk if his mother died while he was in jail.

“The last five years have been nothing but doom and gloom for this family,” the defence lawyer told Judge Michael McInerney.

Marwali Chaouk pleaded guilty to charges that being a prohibited person he was in possession of two handguns and a pump-action sawn-off shotgun, between June and July this year.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of quantities of ammunition that could be used in the weapons between the same dates.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson said members of the Santiago Taskforce initiated a search warrant on a garage in Brooklyn and found Chaouk had a loaded .22 calibre Llama hand gun in a bum bag.

A raid on his house uncovered a quantity of ammunition.

Mr Gibson said that on July 1, the taskforce raided the main Chaouk family home in Brooklyn and found a Ruger pump-action shotgun hidden in a wall behind a cupboard and a fully-loaded Sterm Ruger Magnum hand gun in a woodpile in the back yard.

A quantity of various kinds of ammunition was found and Chaouk wrote a statement in jail saying all of the weaponry belonged to him.

Mr Roubos said his client had the weapons for self-protection and because of the feud with the Haddaras where there was a constant threat and people reacted to events quickly.

Although the possession of the guns charges carry a 15-year maximum Mr Gibson argued for a jail sentence of between 12 and 18 months.

The defence counsel said his client should get less because of his age and his mother’s health problems.

He said Chaouk is being held in 23-hour a day lockdown in Barwon Jail’s Acacia Unit, which he likened to a form of torture.

Mr Roubos said jail authorities used the murder in custody of gangland boss Carl Williams as an excuse to insist the lockdown is necessary to protect his client.

Judge McInerney will sentence Chaouk on November 11.

Ron Medich's Wife slams gossip and rumour


It will be very interesting to read her words again in a year or so after the full charges are laid and have gone to court. Whilst I feel for the children about their father being in the media, it is of his own doing…

 

SHE is the glamorous blonde wife who has lived in the shadows of her wheeling and dealing tycoon property developer husband, but now Odetta Medich is having her say.

 

Ron Medich and his wife Odetta

For 13 months, the well-educated, Lithuanian-born Mrs Medich has maintained a dignified silence, despite the undercurrent of rumour and innuendo surrounding her tycoon husband’s alleged involvement in the contract killing of Sydney businessman Michael McGurk.But yesterday, a day after her husband Ron Medich was charged with soliciting to murder Mr McGurk, Mrs Medich, 43, broke her silence to The Daily Telegraph.

“Don’t say ‘poor me’. I will be OK, we will get through this,” the softly spoken taxation lawyer – who moved to Australia in her early 20s – said.

Her two sons, aged 18 and 12, were her primary concern, she said, and she would continue to protect them from the “hurtful” things that have been alleged about their father.

“I have two young sons who have to go to school, they are my focus,” Mrs Medich said. The children attend a private school in the Eastern Suburbs. The older son is in the middle of his HSC exams.

Sitting in the magnificent $40 million waterfront home shared until two nights ago with her husband, 62, Mrs Medich described her family’s life in recent months as “hell” and the intrusion by the police and the media as “grossly unfair”.

“This has been so hard for us, for my children, you have no idea of what we have been through … it’s just so unfair. To have lived like this, to have this happen … the treatment, it’s grossly unfair,” she said.

She insisted she was not looking for sympathy, but wished people would just wait and not draw “unreasonable conclusions”.

“You don’t know the real story, you don’t know what’s really gone on, because no one cares to listen,” Mrs Medich said.

“[But] I will be OK, things will turn around for me, I’m confident of that.”

Queensland-born Mr Medich, who is of Croatian background, met his wife almost two decades ago through friends on Sydney’s social circuit.

He was then a well-connected, self-made wealthy and eligible businessman. She was the pretty and intelligent European head-turner.

More recently, Mr Medich had dropped off the social scene, preferring lunches with close associates.

Mrs Medich, however, maintains a presence at A-list functions and has continued with her active involvement in the art world as a member of the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mrs Medich said her husband was more than just the tycoon property developer he is commonly referred to in the newspapers and on TV.

“You people [in the media] go on about millionaires as if it’s just happened to them. These people pay their taxes, they contribute to the community, too,” she said.

“The media has been on a witch hunt. Nowhere else in the world would a person be treated like this [in the media],” she said.

Mrs Medich claimed her husband had been embroiled in the alleged plot to murder Mr McGurk because of “gossip and rumour”.

She said he did not deserve to be charged with soliciting to murder, nor languishing in a cell in the remand section of Silverwater jail. Time will tell…I know who my money is on….

“What has happened [to him] is all based on rumour and gossip, he doesn’t deserve this … there is a lot you don’t know,” Mrs Medich said.

It is understood she was comforted on the day of her husband’s arrest by a small group of close girlfriends.

Ron Medich’s Wife slams gossip and rumour


It will be very interesting to read her words again in a year or so after the full charges are laid and have gone to court. Whilst I feel for the children about their father being in the media, it is of his own doing…

 

SHE is the glamorous blonde wife who has lived in the shadows of her wheeling and dealing tycoon property developer husband, but now Odetta Medich is having her say.

 

Ron Medich and his wife Odetta

For 13 months, the well-educated, Lithuanian-born Mrs Medich has maintained a dignified silence, despite the undercurrent of rumour and innuendo surrounding her tycoon husband’s alleged involvement in the contract killing of Sydney businessman Michael McGurk.But yesterday, a day after her husband Ron Medich was charged with soliciting to murder Mr McGurk, Mrs Medich, 43, broke her silence to The Daily Telegraph.

“Don’t say ‘poor me’. I will be OK, we will get through this,” the softly spoken taxation lawyer – who moved to Australia in her early 20s – said.

Her two sons, aged 18 and 12, were her primary concern, she said, and she would continue to protect them from the “hurtful” things that have been alleged about their father.

“I have two young sons who have to go to school, they are my focus,” Mrs Medich said. The children attend a private school in the Eastern Suburbs. The older son is in the middle of his HSC exams.

Sitting in the magnificent $40 million waterfront home shared until two nights ago with her husband, 62, Mrs Medich described her family’s life in recent months as “hell” and the intrusion by the police and the media as “grossly unfair”.

“This has been so hard for us, for my children, you have no idea of what we have been through … it’s just so unfair. To have lived like this, to have this happen … the treatment, it’s grossly unfair,” she said.

She insisted she was not looking for sympathy, but wished people would just wait and not draw “unreasonable conclusions”.

“You don’t know the real story, you don’t know what’s really gone on, because no one cares to listen,” Mrs Medich said.

“[But] I will be OK, things will turn around for me, I’m confident of that.”

Queensland-born Mr Medich, who is of Croatian background, met his wife almost two decades ago through friends on Sydney’s social circuit.

He was then a well-connected, self-made wealthy and eligible businessman. She was the pretty and intelligent European head-turner.

More recently, Mr Medich had dropped off the social scene, preferring lunches with close associates.

Mrs Medich, however, maintains a presence at A-list functions and has continued with her active involvement in the art world as a member of the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mrs Medich said her husband was more than just the tycoon property developer he is commonly referred to in the newspapers and on TV.

“You people [in the media] go on about millionaires as if it’s just happened to them. These people pay their taxes, they contribute to the community, too,” she said.

“The media has been on a witch hunt. Nowhere else in the world would a person be treated like this [in the media],” she said.

Mrs Medich claimed her husband had been embroiled in the alleged plot to murder Mr McGurk because of “gossip and rumour”.

She said he did not deserve to be charged with soliciting to murder, nor languishing in a cell in the remand section of Silverwater jail. Time will tell…I know who my money is on….

“What has happened [to him] is all based on rumour and gossip, he doesn’t deserve this … there is a lot you don’t know,” Mrs Medich said.

It is understood she was comforted on the day of her husband’s arrest by a small group of close girlfriends.