BODY-in-the-boot killer Tania Herman released on Valentines day


Remember this shocking case, Joe Korp and his lover plotted to kill Joe’s wife Maria? Tania hid in waiting in the family garage and pounced on Maria strangled her, thinking she was dead .

Then popped her in the boot and dumped the car. It was found days later, poor Maria still barely alive. They turned life support OFF after about 6 months.She served 9 measly years, in  min security the later part. Although early on was quite the enforcer, I hear once putting big fat Judy Moran back in her place.

The coward Joe Korp, hanged himself in the family garage the day of her funeral. The gutless man wanted us to think it was from a heavy heart. Bullshit.

Herman takes a walk on the outside

HAND-in-hand with her girlfriend, body-in-the-boot attacker Tania Herman enjoyed her first full day of freedom.

Looking fit — and sporting a makeover — the woman who choked Maria Korp went largely unrecognised as she strolled the streets of Yarraville, in Melbourne’s inner west on Saturday.

Herman was released from Tarrengower Women’s Prison early on Valentine’s Day, just months after her lover Nicole Muscat walked free from the same jail.

The pair met as inmates in the low-security jail, in Maldon, in Victoria’s Goldfields region.

And although they failed in their bid to marry behind bars last May — Corrections Victoria refused their application for a civil ceremony — they have maintained their relationship.

Herman served nine years of a 12-year sentence for the attempted murder of Mrs Korp, a Melbourne mother of two, in 2005.

LOVE BLIND FOR BODY-IN-BOOT STRANGLER

Mrs Korp was found in a car boot near the Shrine of Remembrance, four days after being strangled by her husband Joe Korp’s mistress, Herman.

Mrs Korp never recovered, dying in The Alfred hospital almost six months later after being taken off life support.

And Mr Korp — also charged with the attempted murder of his wife — killed himself on the day of her funeral, while awaiting his trial.

Herman’s new partner, convicted fraudster Muscat, was jailed for two years for stealing $118,000 from a ­pokies venue she managed.

The couple was driven to a house in Yarraville by another woman on Friday, after Herman’s 8.20am release.

A blonde when she first gained national notoriety a decade ago, Herman emerged from prison as a long-haired brunette.

Wearing sunglasses and a casual long-sleeve red and white T-shirt and jeans, she blended into inner-suburban life.

It is not known whether they plan to go ahead with their marriage.

Nicole Muscat stole almost $120,000 from Torquay Golf Club

 A WOMAN who systematically stole almost $120,000 from the Victorian golf club she worked for has been jailed for at least two years.

Nicole Muscat worked as the operations manager of the Torquay Golf Club in 2007 when she stole $118,000 from the gaming machine venue.

Muscat, 31, created false accounting records to conceal her crimes.

She stole most of the cash in $5000 increments from the gaming machines, the Victorian County Court heard today, although she once stole $15,000 in one hit.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle said Muscat continued to steal funds even when auditors were called in.

“Your offending was sophisticated, planned and repetitive,” Judge Chettle said.

“You abused your position, doctored the books and regularly stole Torquay Golf Club funds.”

Judge Chettle sentenced Muscat to three years and nine months’ jail and ordered she serve two years before being eligible for parole. Did she have to pay the money back? 2 years is stuff all?

Muscat, of Anglesea, was found guilty at trial of 23 counts of theft and 17 false-accounting charges

Tania Herman released from prison, picked up by lesbian lover Nicky Muscat on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

BODY-in-the-boot killer Tania Herman has arrived at her lesbian lover’s home after being released from prison on Valentine’s Day.

Herman, wearing jeans and a red shirt, declined to talk to media outside the Yarraville property.

This morning she was released from jail and drove away in a silver Toyota 4WD with her lover Nicky Muscat.

Herman spent most of her time in the Dame Phyllis Frost maximum-security prison but was released from Tarrengower — a minimum-security jail.

Herman emerged from the women’s minimum-security prison near Bendigo at 8.20am today, nine years and four days after she was jailed for the attempted murder of Maria Korp.

Mrs Korp was found in the boot of her car in Melbourne barely alive four days after she was throttled in her Mickleham home in February, 2005.

She died in hospital five months later.

Mrs Korp’s husband, Joe Korp, was also charged with attempted murder for colluding with Herman, his mistress, to kill his wife.

Joe Korp with Tania Herman.

Joe Korp with Tania Herman.

Mr Korp killed himself on the day of his wife’s funeral.

Herman confessed to the crime, stating she had been motivated by her love for Mr Korp, who had requested she “get rid” of his wife so they could be together.

Wearing a cap and red shirt, Herman shielded her face from waiting media with her arm as she was driven out of the prison.

She sat in the front passenger seat of a 4WD, believed to be driven by her lesbian lover Nicky Muscat, also wearing a cap and sunglasses.

About 20 minutes earlier, the boom gates of Tarrengower Prison had gone up.

Two minutes later, the light grey 4WD sped into the prison driveway almost on two wheels, heeding none of the entrance warnings asking drivers to slow down.

Muscat, a convicted fraudster, was released from jail last year.

Herman was sentenced to 12 years jail in 2005 with a non-parole period of nine years.

Tania Herman, the woman found guilty of attempting to murder Maria Korp by strangling her and stuffing her into a car boot in 2005, has walked free from prison.

Herman, who became eligible for parole on Friday, received a minimum nine-year jail term for attempting to kill Ms Korp.

The 50-year-old mother of two died after Herman strangled her with a strap and left her in the boot of her car on February 9, 2005.

Ms Korp was discovered in the car boot four days later, near the Shrine of Remembrance.

She lay in a vegetative state for six months before dying from her brain injuries.

The case became known as the “mum-in-the-boot” case.

Maria’s husband, Joe Korp, was charged with attempted murder over his wife’s death, but committed suicide on the day of her funeral.

Herman and Mr Korp were lovers.

With Herman widely expected to make parole, media camped outside Tarrengower minimum-security jail in Maldon, south-west of Bendigo, from early on Friday morning.

Fairfax Media photographer Daryl Pinder said that at about 8.15am, Herman was collected by a woman, believed to be her girlfriend, and the pair left the jail in a four-wheel-drive.

Herman’s application for parole went before the Adult Parole Board on January 23.

“After considering the relevant material, it was decided to release her on parole on 14 February 2014,” a spokesman for the board said.

If Herman breaches her parole conditions, such as breaking any law or leaving Victoria without permission, she can be returned to prison.

Tarrengower is the only minimum-security female prison in Victoria, with capacity for 72 prisoners.

The story of Ms Korp’s death was told in a TV movie in 2010.

 Tania Herman shares cell with Herman Rockefeller’s killer Bernadette Denny

February 22, 2012

MUM in the boot murder accomplice Tania Herman has revealed she is sharing a cell with millionaire businessman Herman Rockefeller’s killer, Bernadette Denny.

And, in her first interview since her sentence over the death of Maria Korp, Herman has defended Denny as a good woman.

The notorious duo are serving their respective sentences at Victoria’s Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Ms Herman is serving at least nine years for the attempted murder of Mrs Korp, the wife of Herman’s lover Joe, in 2005.

She has spoken of her regret over her “brainwashing” by Mr Korp.

“I am still amazed myself and think how the hell could I ever have gotten in so deep?” Ms Herman says in an interview to be published in the Australian Women’s Weekly today.

“My biggest regret is taking a mother away from her children because I would hate that to happen to me.”

Herman said she knew what she was doing was wrong when she waited in the Korps’ garage for Mrs Korp.

She choked and dumped the mother of two, barely alive, in a car boot. Mrs Korp died almost six months later, after life support was removed.

“As soon as I saw the blood, something snapped. I panicked. I put her in the boot of her car and just drove,” Herman said.

“As I was driving, I couldn’t stop crying. I kept thinking, ‘This is wrong, this is wrong’.”

In the interview, which appears in full in the book Partners and Crime, Herman gives an insight into life behind bars, revealing she is studying for a degree in fine arts.

She also speaks of her interest in cooking, dressing up as Santa Claus at Christmas and her friendship with Denny.

Herman claimed she was seduced by Joe Korp after meeting him through a dating website. They attended swingers’ parties and Mr Korp, facing allegations he hatched the murder plot, hanged himself on the night of his wife’s funeral.

Herman said she had had sporadic contact with her daughters while in jail.

 

 Tania Herman, the mistress of Joe Korp, who killed his wife Maria and her girlfriend go for a walk in Yarraville.

Tania Herman, the mistress of Joe Korp, who killed his wife Maria and her girlfriend go for a walk in Yarraville.

 

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What the hell has been happening?


What have I missed people? Well let me start from today and work backwards.

  • A Magistrate Jelena Popovic in Victoria who announced she was an avid fan of the accused before giving a nice soft “No Conviction recorded” against Renee Geyer, who stacked her car causing great damage twice in several months, blaming “medications”… An appointed Vic Roads examiner produced CD’s for her to sign at her driving assessment after the accidents… WTF…Geyer even announced she wanted all to come to her next concert outside court…
  • A Guilty Verdict in the case against Former NSW crime fighter Mark Standen, one of the bosses of the nation crime authority, in that he attempted to import millions of dollars of pre cursers to meth drugs.
  • The Madeleine Pulver bomb hoax case A bizarre hoax bomb ransom that on a lot of levels appears to be played out by someone close to the victim
  • The final curtain call on the matriarch of a crime dynasty here in Melbourne, with the old style gangsters mole , Judy Moran, being sentences to a min of 21 years in her part in the execution of her brother-in-law, all for the greedy purpose of thinking she deserved more than she be given in over 30 years of free rides….
  • And this is just the last few days…But seriously folks I needed a big break with several family issues and health reasons at play. I have missed the place and feel bad in that It sees I may have ignored people who have written to me for help. I promise I will get to each and every one of you over the next week or so.
  • Oh yeah, the government having being exposed in trying to bury billions of dollars of wasted money in Aboriginal Affairs
  • The Carbon “Whatever it’s called this week” debacle
  • The asylum seeker mayhem, with high court hearings. The deal of the century was we give Malaysia 800 of our asylum seekers and we take 4000 of theirs. Now I left school at an early age, and if the paid me some of the  millions they spend on experts and advisors, I could have told them in 2 minutes, Fella’s, this is not a very good deal for us…. ( Not to mention they treat the asylum seekers like mongrel dogs n Malaysia)

I have so much to catch on and hope you all hang in there and we get the place up and current…

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.

Opening Day of Judy Moran’s trial at the Supreme Court (as well as updates)


I will be doing a running update each day of this trial.I will be going to more than a few days and hopefully sneak out any surprises via iPhone during the trial. If she was hoping to get any sympathy rocking up in a wheelchair/scooter she must be kidding herself. She was up to her neck in the planning and execution of this murder from the start. jealousy and greed at the bottom of it.Yet we must go through costly trial to reveal what we already know…

 

Update 21/02/11 Now it is bad people hiding cars involved in the murder in her garage??? OMG

UPDATE 2.05pm: JUDY Moran has told a jury “bad people” put the getaway car used in the murder of her brother-in-law Des Moran in the garage of her home after the killing. Under cross examination by Mark Rochford, SC, Mrs Moran today said she had never seen the car before the night of the murder on June 15, 2009.

“I’d never seen it before until the 15th in the evening,” Mrs Moran said.

Mr Rochford said: “Until you went out in the evening – there it is magically in your garage?”

Mrs Moran replied: “Not magically sir. Bad people put it there.”

Update 18/02/11 I never laughed so much as I did today when she  spoke !!! Is this the best she has…I am going on Monday to laugh some more at her face to face…


JUDY Moran has today told a jury her relative Suzanne Kane told her the getaway car used in the murder of Des Moran was sitting in her garage only hours after the slaying.

During her evidence in chief today, Mrs Moran told the jury she was not feeling well on the night of the murder and then Kane told her the news about a gun being in her wardrobe and the car being in her garage.

“I said, ‘What?’” Mrs Moran told the court.

“I had a big row with her…I said I wanted her out of my house.

“I said, ‘This is absolutely disgusting, Suzanne. You’ve been in my family for so many years, you should know better.’

”And I said, ‘Why would you involve me?’

“I thought, ‘I’ve got to get these things out of my house.”

Mrs Moran said she later dumped the car in a nearby street while wearing “little soft gloves” so as not to leave fingerprints.

Detective Mark Hatt arrested her at the scene.

Defence barrister Bill Stuart today asked Mrs Moran: “Were you intending in any way by getting that car out of the house, to assist anybody in committing a crime?”

Mrs Moran replied: “Definitely no, no. No, I was angry. I am still angry with Suzanne.”

The 66-year-old is accused of driving gunman Geoff Armour and another man, Michael Farrugia, to and from the Des Moran hit at an Ascot Vale café on June 15, 2009, and later disposing of evidence.

It is alleged she wore a pink knitted headband and a bright red windcheater when she allegedly drove the two men to and from the murder.

While she denies driving the two, in court she said of the clothing: “I would never wear that headband with that – with red anyway.”

Prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, asked Mrs Moran why she did not ring detectives who had earlier been at her home and tell them about the location of the getaway car in her garage.

“I just wanted it out of my house,” Mrs Moran said.

Mrs Moran has pleaded not guilty to murder and being an accessory after the fact.

The trial, before Justice Lex Lasry, continues Monday.

Judy Moran, when she had access to a hair dresser

JUDY Moran was involved in an agreement with Geoffrey Armour – the man who shot Desmond Moran dead at an Ascot Vale café – and participated in the killing by performing certain acts, a Supreme Court jury has been told.

In his opening address in the murder trial of Mrs Moran, prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, today told the jury it was a deliberate killing and that Mrs Moran drove Armour, and another man – Michael Farrugia – to and from the murder scene and assisted in the disposal of evidence.

The court was told Farrugia, who believed he was helping on a debt collecting mission on the day of the shooting, will be called as a Crown witness during the trial.

Mr Rochford told the jury the planned killing was the result of an on-going financial dispute between Mrs Moran and Des “Tuppence” Moran, whom she believed had certain funds she was entitled to.

The jury heard there was a “level of animosity” between Mrs Moran and the victim.

The court was told that Armour had been linked to a previous shooting incident during which a gunman fired a bullet into Des Moran’s car as he and a mate sat inside.

The jury heard Armour and his de facto, Suzanne Kane, were staying with Mrs Moran at her home when Des Moran was shot dead on June 15, 2009.

Mr Rochford said Mrs Moran took out a $400,000 bank loan in May, had a company called Environmental Concrete Constructions set up, and purchased expensive vehicles for Armour and Kane in the lead up to the fatal shooting.

The court heard that Armour and Farrugia were friends who spent time fishing and shooting clay targets.

Mr Rochford said Armour bought a Ford Fairlane through a contact of Farrugia’s, and that car was later used during the murder.

The jury heard that evidence, such as telephone intercepts and CCTV footage, would be presented during the trial.

According to Mr Rochford, Mrs Moran left one message on Armour’s phone stating “murder on” only days before the killing, and in another spoke in code about Des Moran’s whereabouts.

In the days before the killing, Farrugia went shooting with Armour who had a bag full of handguns, Mr Rochford said.

The jury was told that, according to Farrugia, Mrs Moran said “there’s the bastard”as they drove past the deli.

It was then, the jury heard, that Armour told Farrugia they were there to do some debt collecting.

But, the jury heard, Farrugia was later told to stay in the car but followed followed Armour who shot Des Moran several times with a Glock pistol, complete with an attached laser sight.

Mr Rochford said that back in the car after the killing, according to Farrugia, Mrs Moran asked Armour, “Did you get him?”

Mr Armour is alleged to have replied: “Yeah, no worries. I got him.”

The jury was told that Mrs Moran appeared to be happy and said she would look after everything, and later threatened Farrugia to keep his mouth shut or the same thing would happen to him.

Mr Rochford said that after going to the scene appearing upset, Mrs Moran told police she was at Fawkner Cemetery visiting her son Mark’s grave at the time of Des Moran’s murder.

She was arrested that night after driving the Ford Fairlane from her garage and leaving it in a nearby street.

The court heard police found guns – including the murder weapon – and clothing linked to Armour and Farrugia in a hidden safe at Mrs Moran’s house.

Bill Stuart, for Mrs Moran, said she was at Fawkner Cemetery tending to Mark’s grave – as it was the anniversary of his death nine years earlier – and that she had no involvement in the murder.

He said his client did not utter the words “murder on” in a message to Armour, but instead said “murderer” because he had been kangaroo shooting.

“Judy Moran…was not party to any agreement or enterprise to harm, let alone kill, Desmond Moran,” Mr Stuart told the jury.

The first witness is expected to give evidence tomorrow.

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Day 2

JUDY Moran looked happy and patted a gunman on the back as she drove a getaway car after Des Moran was shot.

The Crown told the jury that Michael Farrugia, a second man in the car who was present at the shooting, would say he heard Mrs Moran ask gunman Geoffrey Armour, “Did you get him?”

It is alleged Armour replied, “Yeah, no worries. I got him”.

In his opening address at Mrs Moran’s murder trial yesterday, prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, said: “Judy Moran congratulated Armour by saying, ‘Well done.’ She appeared to be very happy about it.

“In fact, she was patting him on the back.”

Des “Tuppence” Moran was shot dead in an Ascot Vale delicatessen on June 15, 2009.

The jury heard he was killed in a plot between between Mrs Moran and Armour, who called her “mum”.

“This was a planned and calculated murder motivated by (Judy) Moran . . . and an on-going financial dispute with the deceased man,” Mr Rochford said.

“She had a dislike for the deceased. She became concerned and suspected that he had other funds or property from (the late) Lewis Moran to which she believed she was entitled.”

The Crown alleges Mrs Moran drove Armour and Farrugia to and from the murder, and later assisted by disposing of evidence.

Mr Rochford said Mrs Moran left a phone message on Armour’s phone four days earlier, saying “murder on”.

It was alleged Mrs Moran said “there’s the bastard” as she, Armour and Farrugia drove past the Union Rd deli on the day of the murder, before returning.

Armour, wearing a wig and with Farrugia in tow, shot Des Moran with a laser-sight Glock pistol, the jury heard.

The court heard Farrugia, believing he was on a debt-collecting mission, had minutes earlier asked Mrs Moran, “What’s going on? What’s with the wig?”

She later told Farrugia to keep his “f—ing mouth shut” or the same thing would happen to him, the court heard.

The jury was told Farrugia would be called as a prosecution witness.

Mrs Moran was arrested after allegedly driving the getaway car from her garage to a nearby street.

The court heard police found evidence, including the murder weapon, in a safe hidden at her house.

Defence barrister Bill Stuart said Mrs Moran was at Fawkner Cemetery visiting her son Mark’s grave, on the ninth anniversary of his death, at the time of Des Moran’s murder.

Mr Stuart said his client did not utter the words “murder on” in a phone message to Armour, but instead said “murderer” because Armour had been kangaroo shooting.

Mrs Moran, 66, has pleaded not guilty to murder and to being an accessory after the fact.

The trial, before Justice Lex Lasry, continues.

Opening Day of Judy Moran's trial at the Supreme Court (as well as updates)


I will be doing a running update each day of this trial.I will be going to more than a few days and hopefully sneak out any surprises via iPhone during the trial. If she was hoping to get any sympathy rocking up in a wheelchair/scooter she must be kidding herself. She was up to her neck in the planning and execution of this murder from the start. jealousy and greed at the bottom of it.Yet we must go through costly trial to reveal what we already know…

 

Update 21/02/11 Now it is bad people hiding cars involved in the murder in her garage??? OMG

UPDATE 2.05pm: JUDY Moran has told a jury “bad people” put the getaway car used in the murder of her brother-in-law Des Moran in the garage of her home after the killing. Under cross examination by Mark Rochford, SC, Mrs Moran today said she had never seen the car before the night of the murder on June 15, 2009.

“I’d never seen it before until the 15th in the evening,” Mrs Moran said.

Mr Rochford said: “Until you went out in the evening – there it is magically in your garage?”

Mrs Moran replied: “Not magically sir. Bad people put it there.”

Update 18/02/11 I never laughed so much as I did today when she  spoke !!! Is this the best she has…I am going on Monday to laugh some more at her face to face…


JUDY Moran has today told a jury her relative Suzanne Kane told her the getaway car used in the murder of Des Moran was sitting in her garage only hours after the slaying.

During her evidence in chief today, Mrs Moran told the jury she was not feeling well on the night of the murder and then Kane told her the news about a gun being in her wardrobe and the car being in her garage.

“I said, ‘What?’” Mrs Moran told the court.

“I had a big row with her…I said I wanted her out of my house.

“I said, ‘This is absolutely disgusting, Suzanne. You’ve been in my family for so many years, you should know better.’

”And I said, ‘Why would you involve me?’

“I thought, ‘I’ve got to get these things out of my house.”

Mrs Moran said she later dumped the car in a nearby street while wearing “little soft gloves” so as not to leave fingerprints.

Detective Mark Hatt arrested her at the scene.

Defence barrister Bill Stuart today asked Mrs Moran: “Were you intending in any way by getting that car out of the house, to assist anybody in committing a crime?”

Mrs Moran replied: “Definitely no, no. No, I was angry. I am still angry with Suzanne.”

The 66-year-old is accused of driving gunman Geoff Armour and another man, Michael Farrugia, to and from the Des Moran hit at an Ascot Vale café on June 15, 2009, and later disposing of evidence.

It is alleged she wore a pink knitted headband and a bright red windcheater when she allegedly drove the two men to and from the murder.

While she denies driving the two, in court she said of the clothing: “I would never wear that headband with that – with red anyway.”

Prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, asked Mrs Moran why she did not ring detectives who had earlier been at her home and tell them about the location of the getaway car in her garage.

“I just wanted it out of my house,” Mrs Moran said.

Mrs Moran has pleaded not guilty to murder and being an accessory after the fact.

The trial, before Justice Lex Lasry, continues Monday.

Judy Moran, when she had access to a hair dresser

JUDY Moran was involved in an agreement with Geoffrey Armour – the man who shot Desmond Moran dead at an Ascot Vale café – and participated in the killing by performing certain acts, a Supreme Court jury has been told.

In his opening address in the murder trial of Mrs Moran, prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, today told the jury it was a deliberate killing and that Mrs Moran drove Armour, and another man – Michael Farrugia – to and from the murder scene and assisted in the disposal of evidence.

The court was told Farrugia, who believed he was helping on a debt collecting mission on the day of the shooting, will be called as a Crown witness during the trial.

Mr Rochford told the jury the planned killing was the result of an on-going financial dispute between Mrs Moran and Des “Tuppence” Moran, whom she believed had certain funds she was entitled to.

The jury heard there was a “level of animosity” between Mrs Moran and the victim.

The court was told that Armour had been linked to a previous shooting incident during which a gunman fired a bullet into Des Moran’s car as he and a mate sat inside.

The jury heard Armour and his de facto, Suzanne Kane, were staying with Mrs Moran at her home when Des Moran was shot dead on June 15, 2009.

Mr Rochford said Mrs Moran took out a $400,000 bank loan in May, had a company called Environmental Concrete Constructions set up, and purchased expensive vehicles for Armour and Kane in the lead up to the fatal shooting.

The court heard that Armour and Farrugia were friends who spent time fishing and shooting clay targets.

Mr Rochford said Armour bought a Ford Fairlane through a contact of Farrugia’s, and that car was later used during the murder.

The jury heard that evidence, such as telephone intercepts and CCTV footage, would be presented during the trial.

According to Mr Rochford, Mrs Moran left one message on Armour’s phone stating “murder on” only days before the killing, and in another spoke in code about Des Moran’s whereabouts.

In the days before the killing, Farrugia went shooting with Armour who had a bag full of handguns, Mr Rochford said.

The jury was told that, according to Farrugia, Mrs Moran said “there’s the bastard”as they drove past the deli.

It was then, the jury heard, that Armour told Farrugia they were there to do some debt collecting.

But, the jury heard, Farrugia was later told to stay in the car but followed followed Armour who shot Des Moran several times with a Glock pistol, complete with an attached laser sight.

Mr Rochford said that back in the car after the killing, according to Farrugia, Mrs Moran asked Armour, “Did you get him?”

Mr Armour is alleged to have replied: “Yeah, no worries. I got him.”

The jury was told that Mrs Moran appeared to be happy and said she would look after everything, and later threatened Farrugia to keep his mouth shut or the same thing would happen to him.

Mr Rochford said that after going to the scene appearing upset, Mrs Moran told police she was at Fawkner Cemetery visiting her son Mark’s grave at the time of Des Moran’s murder.

She was arrested that night after driving the Ford Fairlane from her garage and leaving it in a nearby street.

The court heard police found guns – including the murder weapon – and clothing linked to Armour and Farrugia in a hidden safe at Mrs Moran’s house.

Bill Stuart, for Mrs Moran, said she was at Fawkner Cemetery tending to Mark’s grave – as it was the anniversary of his death nine years earlier – and that she had no involvement in the murder.

He said his client did not utter the words “murder on” in a message to Armour, but instead said “murderer” because he had been kangaroo shooting.

“Judy Moran…was not party to any agreement or enterprise to harm, let alone kill, Desmond Moran,” Mr Stuart told the jury.

The first witness is expected to give evidence tomorrow.

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Day 2

JUDY Moran looked happy and patted a gunman on the back as she drove a getaway car after Des Moran was shot.

The Crown told the jury that Michael Farrugia, a second man in the car who was present at the shooting, would say he heard Mrs Moran ask gunman Geoffrey Armour, “Did you get him?”

It is alleged Armour replied, “Yeah, no worries. I got him”.

In his opening address at Mrs Moran’s murder trial yesterday, prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, said: “Judy Moran congratulated Armour by saying, ‘Well done.’ She appeared to be very happy about it.

“In fact, she was patting him on the back.”

Des “Tuppence” Moran was shot dead in an Ascot Vale delicatessen on June 15, 2009.

The jury heard he was killed in a plot between between Mrs Moran and Armour, who called her “mum”.

“This was a planned and calculated murder motivated by (Judy) Moran . . . and an on-going financial dispute with the deceased man,” Mr Rochford said.

“She had a dislike for the deceased. She became concerned and suspected that he had other funds or property from (the late) Lewis Moran to which she believed she was entitled.”

The Crown alleges Mrs Moran drove Armour and Farrugia to and from the murder, and later assisted by disposing of evidence.

Mr Rochford said Mrs Moran left a phone message on Armour’s phone four days earlier, saying “murder on”.

It was alleged Mrs Moran said “there’s the bastard” as she, Armour and Farrugia drove past the Union Rd deli on the day of the murder, before returning.

Armour, wearing a wig and with Farrugia in tow, shot Des Moran with a laser-sight Glock pistol, the jury heard.

The court heard Farrugia, believing he was on a debt-collecting mission, had minutes earlier asked Mrs Moran, “What’s going on? What’s with the wig?”

She later told Farrugia to keep his “f—ing mouth shut” or the same thing would happen to him, the court heard.

The jury was told Farrugia would be called as a prosecution witness.

Mrs Moran was arrested after allegedly driving the getaway car from her garage to a nearby street.

The court heard police found evidence, including the murder weapon, in a safe hidden at her house.

Defence barrister Bill Stuart said Mrs Moran was at Fawkner Cemetery visiting her son Mark’s grave, on the ninth anniversary of his death, at the time of Des Moran’s murder.

Mr Stuart said his client did not utter the words “murder on” in a phone message to Armour, but instead said “murderer” because Armour had been kangaroo shooting.

Mrs Moran, 66, has pleaded not guilty to murder and to being an accessory after the fact.

The trial, before Justice Lex Lasry, continues.