MELBOURNE gangland lawyer Joseph Acquaro executed -$200,000 bounty revealed


Update 17th March 2016

Tony Madafferi behind $200,000 bounty on Melbourne lawyer Joseph Acquaro, police told court

A businessman with alleged mafia links, Antonio ‘Tony’ Madafferi, was suspected by police of putting a $200,000 bounty on the head of Joseph Acquaro after he formed the apparent belief the slain lawyer was leaking information about him to a journalist, the ABC have confirmed.

Key points:

  • Police told Tony Madafferi they believed he put contract on lawyer’s life
  • Mr Madafferi denies any knowledge of the contract
  • Former client with organised crime links believed Mr Acquaro had not adequately represented him

Mr Acquaro, also known as ‘Pino’, was gunned down in what detectives believe was a targeted attack near his business in Brunswick East in the early hours of Tuesday.

The 54-year-old had previously represented a number of prominent Italian-Australian crime figures, and had strong links to the Calabrian community.

Supreme Court Judge John Dixon has lifted an order suppressing reporting about Mr Madafferi, Mr Acquaro and the alleged contract, which was originally disclosed in affidavits filed for a defamation case Mr Madafferi launched against journalist Nick McKenzie and Fairfax.

The affidavits said detectives visited Mr Madafferi at his Noble Park fruit shop and told him they believed he was soliciting a hit on Mr Acquaro, warning him if anything happened to the lawyer, Mr Madafferi would be top of their list of suspects.

Mr Madafferi vehemently denied the allegation.

The ABC does not suggest Mr Madafferi is involved with Mr Acquaro’s death.

Police also warned Mr Acquaro of the alleged contract, and advised him to beef up his personal security, which he apparently declined to do.

Do you know more about this story? Email investigations@abc.net.au

Accusations against Madafferi ‘fanciful’: lawyer

Mr Acquaro represented Mr Madafferi’s brother, Frank, an alleged mafia heavyweight who was jailed with a number of other men linked to the Calabrian mafia in 2014 over the world’s largest ecstasy bust.

He also represented at least one of Frank Madafferi’s co-accused in that case.

It is believed Mr Acquaro fell out with the Madafferi brothers over business dealings, and over the belief Mr Acquaro’s adult sons were becoming close to the Madafferi brothers, which their father did not want.

Soon afterwards, Fairfax reporter McKenzie wrote a number of articles about the Madafferi brothers, their alleged organised crime links and their ties to Liberal politicians.

Tony Madafferi formed the view Mr Acquaro was providing information to McKenzie, and as part of a still-running defamation suit against Fairfax, tried unsuccessfully to force McKenzie to reveal his sources.

McKenzie said in an affidavit he had been warned by police Tony Madafferi was trying to place him under surveillance, and that he was deeply fearful of what could happen to his sources if their names were revealed.

In reply, Tony Madafferi’s lawyer, Georgina Schoff, said it was “absolutely fanciful” somebody would try to “knock off” one of McKenzie’s sources.

Acquaro’s former client ‘furious’ over trial result

In a separate potential lead for police, Mr Acquaro had made an enemy of a former client with organised crime links who believed Mr Acquaro had not adequately represented him at a major criminal trial.

The ABC understands the man, who has strong ties to the Calabrian mafia in Australia, is canvassing legal avenues to appeal against his heavy sentence, but is believed to have been furious with Mr Acquaro over the result of his trial.

The falling out between Mr Acquaro and his client illustrates the difficulty for police in finding the killer of a man who had apparently made many enemies.

Victoria Police announced earlier on Thursday that Purana Taskforce, which was originally set up to investigate Melbourne’s notorious gangland killings, would join the homicide squad in investigating the death of Mr Acquaro.


 

 Gangland Lawyer dead

Joe Acquaro found dead on footpath in Brunswick East

Mark Buttler, Anthony Dowsley and Anthony Galloway Herald Sun

A garbage truck driver found the body of Joe Acquaro on a footpath in St Phillip St, about 100m from Gelobar, at 3am.

Court documents revealed there was a $200,000 murder contract put out on Mr Acquaro, 55, last year.

Police at the crime scene in St Phillip St. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Police at the crime scene in St Phillip St. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: Herald Sun

Emergency crews outside Joe Acquaro’s cafe, Gelobar, in Lygon St this morning. Picture: AAP

Emergency crews outside Joe Acquaro’s cafe, Gelobar, in Lygon St this morning. Picture: AAP 

Young lawyer Joseph Acquaro outside court in 1995.

Young lawyer Joseph Acquaro outside court in 1995.

Mr Acquaro was a former lawyer of Francesco Madafferi.

Madafferi is in jail after being convicted of large-scale drug trafficking for his connection to the importation of 4.4 tonnes of ecstasy tablets hidden in tomato tins in 2007.

 

Mr Acquaro had more recently been representing accused underworld figure Rocco Arico.

He appeared for Arico in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week where he was answering extortion and assault charges.

Francesco Madafferi.

Francesco Madafferi. Source: News Limited

Rocco Arico.

Rocco Arico. Source: News Corp Australia

Detective Inspector Michael Hughes said Mr Acquaro had closed Gelobar on Lygon St about 12.40am and was walking to his car when he was attacked.

“We have an early report that a witness has heard a car travelling down that street (St Phillip Street) away from Lygon St at reasonably high speed,” he said.

“So if anyone has seen cars in the area prior to the shooting, or just after the shooting please contact Crime Stoppers.”

He would not say how many gunshot wounds Mr Acquaro suffered or what type of gun was suspected in the murder.

“It’s always a concern when someone meets their death like this in a public place,” Det-Insp Hughes said.

The garbage truck diver who found the body speaks to the detectives. Picture: Nicole Garmston

The garbage truck diver who found the body speaks to the detectives. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: News Corp Australia

Gelobar workers and associates at the scene. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Gelobar workers and associates at the scene. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source:News Corp Australia

Det-Insp Hughes said police were investigating whether Mr Acquaro’s death was linked to a fire at Gelobar in January.

“That appears to be a minor dispute, so we don’t necessarily believe it is connected but we will certainly look at that possibility,” he said.

“There’s a number of possibilities we will obviously look at.

“He (Mr Acquaro) is certainly known to police but he is certainly not a convicted person. He is known to police through other associations.”

Homicide squad detectives remain at the scene.

Gelobar workers and associates speak to detectives. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Gelobar workers and associates speak to detectives. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: News Corp Australia

Nearby business owner Giovanni Di-Micco described Mr Acquaro, who also served as head of Melbourne’s Reggio Calabria Club, as a “top bloke” and a “very good man”.

“I was upset (when I heard), I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“I’m renting out a shop just here, I’ve known him for four or five months.

“He was a very good man, he always had time for everybody and that’s just the kind of guy he was.”

Business owner and friend George Mirabella, who had known Mr Acquaro for most of his life, said he had no idea why he was killed.

“I’m upset. My staff are crying in my office,” he said.

“I’ve known him on a personal scale, we’re friends from many many years ago. His mother and his father – beautiful people.

“He was just a down-to-earth guy like all of us. It’s an impossibility that such a thing can happen.”

If you have any information about the shooting contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

mark.buttler@news.com.au


 

abc.net.au

Melbourne gangland lawyer shot dead in ‘targeted attack’

Updated 33 minutes agoTue 15 Mar 2016, 1:20pm

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Video: Melbourne businessman shot dead in ‘targeted’ attack (ABC News)

Melbourne businessman and gangland criminal lawyer Joseph ‘Pino’ Acquaro has been shot dead in a targeted attack in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick East, Victoria Police homicide squad detectives say.

  • Acquaro’s body was found at 3:00am on St Phillip Street by a garbage truck driver
  • A car was heard driving at speed away from scene
  • Acquaro represented a number of Melbourne gangland figures

Mr Acquaro, 54, was found at 3:00am by a garbage truck driver, on St Phillip Street, just a few hundred metres from a popular cafe strip in the inner-city Melbourne suburb.

He was a prominent criminal lawyer who has represented several Melbourne gangland crime figures.

He was also a past president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and was involved in the Brunswick Reggio Calabria Club.

Mr Acquaro was a director of the popular ice-cream and Italian cake shop, Gelobar, around the corner from where his body was found.

Detective Inspector Mick Hughes said Mr Acquaro was shot while walking to his car after shutting his business about 12:40am.

“A witness has heard a car travelling down that street away from Lygon [Street] at a reasonably high speed,” he said.

“If anyone has seen cars in the area prior to the shooting [and] just after the shooting, please contact Crime Stoppers.

Detective Inspector Hughes believed it was a targeted attack.

“It’s always a concern when someone meets their death in a public place,” he said.

“From a safety perspective, it does appear to be targeted and as our investigation unfolds today, and over the next few days we’ll probably know more about that.

“But certainly at this stage it certainly looks as if it’s a targeted attack.

“The other possibility we’ll certainly look at is robbery.”

Detective Inspector Hughes said Mr Acquaro was known to police “through other associations”, not because he had been convicted of any crime.

Gelobar was damaged by a suspicious fire two months ago.

“There was a previous incident here that police were aware of,” Detective Inspector Hughes said.

“From what I’ve been told, it appears that was a very minor incident that wouldn’t result in something as tragic as this.”

A woman who is understood to run the shop arrived at the scene and was visibly distressed.

SES workers conducted a line search in the area where the body was found.


 

Mafia lawyer and gelati bar owner Joseph ‘Pino’ Acquaro gunned down on Brunswick East street

March 15, 2016 – 11:59AM

A Melbourne cafe owner’s body is found in a Burnswick East laneway, in what is believed to be a professional hit. (Vision courtesy Seven news Melbourne)

A Melbourne criminal lawyer allegedly wanted dead by the mafia has been gunned down in Melbourne’s inner north in what is believed to be a professional hit.

The murdered man, Pino “Joseph” Acquaro, had been warned by police that his life was in danger and told that he should take measures to protect his safety. Mr Acquaro refused.

The 54-year-old criminal lawyer, who represented several prominent Melbourne gangland and Calabrian crime figures, was gunned down while walking to his black Mercedes parked in St Phillip Street, Brunswick East.

Forensics officers examine the man's body on St Phillip Street.Forensics officers examine the man’s body on St Phillip Street. Photo: Eddie Jim

It appears he had just locked up for the night at his gelateria and cafe Gelobar in Lygon Street when he was shot by a single gunman just after 12.40am.

Witnesses heard shots and the sound of a car travelling along St Phillip Street away from Lygon Street – the wrong way up a one-way street.

A rubbish truck driver found Mr Acquaro’s body at 3am and phoned emergency services. He was already dead when paramedics arrived.

Police and SES volunteers at the scene.Police and SES volunteers at the scene. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Homicide Squad detectives and forensic police have been on the scene all Tuesday morning. Police found a mobile phone under a car in St Phillip Street not far from the body just after 11am.

Detective Inspector Mick Hughes confirmed the victim, who he would not name, had died from gunshot wounds.

He would not comment on how many times Mr Acquaro was shot, nor what type of weapon was used.

Gelobar was severely damaged in a suspicious fire in January.

Detective Inspector Hughes said that fire was over a “minor dispute” and though there was no clear link to the murder, it would be investigated.

He would also not rule-out that robbery was a motive.

Police block St Phillip Street in Brunsick East after a man's body was discovered.Police block St Phillip Street in Brunsick East after a man’s body was discovered. Photo: 3AW

Mr Acquaro, a father of three adult sons, had severed ties with many of his former Calabrian mafia clients after a falling out.

He was the past president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and, given his Calabrian heritage, was a passionate advocate of his culture and business in Melbourne.

He was strongly involved with Brunswick’s Reggio Calabria club.

He was known in the Calabrian community as a lawyer and businessman who would help disadvantaged community members with their affairs, continuing a tradition started by his father, a Melbourne accountant.

But Mr Acquaro also facilitated the business affairs of notorious Calabrian community members, reputed to be in the ‘Ndrangheta or Honoured Society.

Detective Inspector Hughes said the dead man was known to police but had no convictions.

George Mirabella, owner of Mirabella Lighting nearby, said he had known Mr Acquaro his whole life, from attending Italian social functions together in Melbourne as children.

He said he was a generous, well-loved member of society who was a “total gentleman”.

“He was so down-to-earth, everyone loved him, I’ve got my whole staff in tears,” Mr Mirabella said.

The last time he saw Mr Acquaro was when he came into his store and bought two globes.

“And he bought in some cannoli. That’s the type of gentleman he was. I can’t believe it.”

Mr Acquaro started operating Gelobar about five years ago, when Salvatore Scullino, who owned the business with his wife Rita, died.

Ms Scullino had been inconsolable outside the business on Tuesday morning, and did not speak to the media.

 Her employees gathered on the corner opposite Gelobar, stunned by the death of their boss, as other mourners arrived in shock.

Several stacks of chairs and three tables remained on the footpath outside the gelataria on Tuesday morning, as though the cafe was not completely packed up before closing.

The street was reopened about 12.50pm.

Police are now assessing CCTV footage from a camera mounted outside Gelobar, which points directly at the intersection of Lygon and St Phillip Street, but not as far as where the shooting is likely to have occurred.

The camera view of the intersection appears to be partially obscured by two outdoor umbrellas, but detectives are hopeful it will show the car used by the hit man.

A witness said they heard a car driving the wrong way up St Phillip Street about 12.40am, but did not see the car.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

– With Marissa Calligeros

Ingleburn shooting: Wayne Williams kills one, shoots himself dead after feud over a sign


Update 11/05/2016

Bail denied for Chantelle Strnad who is charged with murder after Ingleburn, Sydney, shooting

Chantelle Strnad is taken away by police from her western Sydney business that was the scene of a siege in March Warren Barnsley

A SYDNEY woman charged with the shooting murder of a man during a business dispute at a Sydney factory has been refused bail.

 

An emotional Chantelle Strnad, 31, appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday charged with the murder of her client, 44-year-old Michael Bassal, who was shot dead at an Ingleburn sign factory in March.

Strnad, who was already on bail having earlier been charged with concealing a serious indictable offence in relation to the matter, was arrested on Tuesday.

She also faces a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Mr Bassal was shot dead during a six-hour siege at the western Sydney factory, of which Strnad is the owner and operator, in what police believe was a business dispute.

His brothers Terry and Mark were with him at the time and were wounded.

The court heard the gunman, 33-year-old Inline Signs employee and Strnad’s former partner Wayne Williams, turned his assault rifle on himself at the end of the siege.

Prosecution lawyer Clint Nasr told the court on Wednesday that Strnad lured the victims to the premises.

Police at the Ingleburn siege. Picture: Channel 9 News

Police at the Ingleburn siege. Picture: Channel 9 NewsSource:Channel 9

Strnad allegedly told Williams to “come and sort these guys out. I am going to f***ing kill them”, Mr Nasr said.

Mr Nasr said that was “clear evidence of her intention”.

He also said she was aware the rifle used in the crime was in Williams’ possession and was “loaded and ready to go”.

Strnad will remain in custody after Magistrate Robert Rabbidge agreed with the prosecution about the seriousness of the alleged offences.

Ingleburn shooting victim Michael Bassal. Picture: Facebook

Ingleburn shooting victim Michael Bassal. Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Wayne Williams.

Wayne Williams.Source:Supplied

Mr Rabbidge said Strnad was “hell-bent” on undertaking the alleged “criminal enterprise”.

“We have one dead and two who almost died,” Mr Rabbidge said. The court also heard Strnad collected the rounds from the rifle after the shooting.

Strnad’s defence lawyer, Karen Watson, argued her client should be granted bail because she had not broken her previous bail conditions and her business had suffered considerably due to the March incident.

She also said the case against her client was weak.

But Mr Nasr warned a number of prosecution witnesses were her employees at the sign factory.


 

March 8, 2016 12:00am

A CRAZED gunman who shot three brothers and held three bystanders hostage for six hours killed himself last night in the bloody final act of a feud believed to be over a sign.

Wayne Williams had opened fire on the Bassal brothers at 10.45am at Ingleburn’s Inline National Signage and Property Services after police believe they went to the business to complain about a sign they had ordered.

Father-of-one Michael “Mick” Bassal — who was friends online with Rebels ­bikies president Alex Vella — died on the grass verge outside the business. His two brothers were taken to Liverpool hospital, where one ­required emergency surgery.

Police today charged a man and woman who were led from the building by police at the height of the siege.

Ingleburn Shooting victim Michael Bassal. Picture: Facebook

Ingleburn Shooting victim Michael Bassal. Picture: Facebook

The 52-year-old man, reported to be Williams’ father Peter, was charged with discharge firearm in a public place and conceal serious indictable offence.

He has been refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.

Tonna was so traumatised she could barely walk as police helped her from the warehouse, where three bystanders were taken hostage.

Police believe she knew Williams, who had connections with the Finks bikies gang and who could be heard yelling at police negotiators for hours.

Detectives were last night piecing together the dispute that led to Williams opening fire with a high-powered rifle but one line of inquiry was that the brothers were ­unhappy with sign work.

During the siege heavily armed police armed with ­assault rifles surrounded the business and evacuated nearby premises.

At one point Detective ­Inspector Mark Brett said that the situation had reached a “delicate stage”.

The three terrified hostages were freed from their hiding places just after 5pm by police in “bear cat” armoured truck and reunited with ­anxious family members waiting in a nearby street. The men were checked by paramedics before they were taken to Macquarie Fields police station to be interviewed about their ordeal.

The owner of the sign-making business, Chantelle Tonna, is led away from the scene by police. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Williams was found inside the property and was believed to have shot himself.

One worker told of his terror as he ushered his wife, who came to visit him at work, into an outside toilet as a ­volley of shots rang out. Machine operator Gurjinder Girn, who has worked at the Heald Rd site for five years, and his wife Navjot Kaur heard a man shouting, “Come out, come out, come out”.

They then heard six shots.

“Nothing like this has happened in front of my eyes with me or this company. It was very terrifying,” Mr Girn said.

“By chance we went outside to go to the bathroom.

“I know there were three other employees inside who were hiding from the gunman.”

The couple heard police arrive about 10 minutes after the shooting and they were soon escorted to safety.

A man in handcuffs, second right, is taken to a police vehicle / Picture: AP

A tactical police officer close to the scene at in Ingleburn. Picture: Richard Dobson

Police patrol the scene outside the incident. Picture: Richard Dobson

Mark Callaghan, owner of nearby A & A Equipment in Shaw Rd, said he heard a commotion at the time. “I heard a woman hysterically screaming down the road. It was a muffled scream and I couldn’t understand the words,” he said.

Family and friends of Mr Bassal gathered at Liverpool Hospital last night to support his two injured brothers.

One of the men was critically injured while the other had superficial wounds.

Police outside the scene at Inline National Signage and Property Services / Picture: Channel 9

A body can be seen covered in a white sheet as police move into position. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

One man was shot dead and two were injured.

AS IT HAPPENED

10.45am: Triple-0 emergency call reports three people shot at Inline National Signage and Property Services at the corner of Heald and Stennett Rds, Ingleburn. Neighbours report hearing up to five shots. Police find three people with gunshot wounds. One man dies at the scene. Two men are taken to Liverpool Hospital, one suffering superficial wounds and another with gunshot wounds to the lower part of the body. Police surround the printing company.

11-11.30am: Police set up a 1km exclusion zone and nearby companies are told to close their doors. Some go into lockdown while others evacuate.

11.25am: Police issue a warning to the public to avoid the area.

11:55am: Heavily armed tactical police can be seen with guns drawn at the door of the printing firm.

12.05pm: The $400,000 police “Bear Cat” armoured truck arrives at the rear of the premises.

12.25pm: Police confirm three people have been shot and one man is dead.

2pm: A man is arrested for “hindering police” near the scene.

2.30pm: Macquarie Fields crime manager Detective Inspector Mark Brett confirms the dead victim was 43 years old.

5pm: Armed tactical response police storm the building and free three hostages, who are taken to safety and attended to by paramedics. The gunman, 33, is found dead at the scene.

Police locked down Moorlands Road and Stennett Road. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Armed officer inside the BearCat at the scene. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

An armed police officer takes cover behind a car. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

HOSTAGE WAS ON FIRST DAY OF HIS JOB

Relief… Hostage Seksane has spoken of his ordeal. Picture: Kristi Miller

ONE of the three workers held hostage in yesterday’s deadly Ingleburn siege has revealed he was on the first day of his new job.

Seksane had only been at Inline Signage for a few hours when gunman Wayne Williams opened fire, killing Mick Bassal and wounding two of his brothers.

He was trapped in the building after armed police arrived to begin a lengthy standoff with Williams.

“I don’t know – I (was) still working,” he said, adding he was “pretty much okay”.

“That’s the first start to the job, today.”


Ingleburn shooting: Shooter’s father charged after siege in Sydney’s south-west

Updated 47 minutes ago

The father of a man who took his own life after a fatal shooting at Ingleburn in Sydney’s south-west has been charged.

Key points:

  • Business dispute may have led to Sydney industrial estate shooting
  • Gunman shot three brothers, held three bystanders hostage
  • Shooter’s father and woman charged with offences, shooter dead
  • Police say shooting not related to outlaw motorcycle club

Three brothers were targeted in the shooting and subsequent siege at Inline National Signage, in an industrial complex, about 10:45am.

Wayne Williams, 33, shot at the trio when they arrived at the workshop and one of them, Michael Bassal, 43, was killed.

Mr Bassal’s two brothers, aged 41 and 34, were also shot with a semi-automatic weapon but survived.

Wayne Williams’s father Peter, 52, has been charged with discharging a firearm in a separate shooting earlier in the day.

He and a 30-year-old woman were charged with not assisting police with their enquiries.

The pair were taken out of the area by police by force early on in the investigation.

Police said they were investigating whether a business dispute led to the shooting and the siege that followed at Heald Road in Ingleburn.

A police spokeswoman said there had been ongoing tensions at the workshop all day which eventually led to the shooting.

Officers probe outlaw motorcycle club links

Officers said Mr Bassal was shot dead on the grass verge when he went to the premises with his two brothers.

The two brothers were taken to Liverpool Hospital and the 41-year-old brother had to undergo emergency surgery.

Police said the 34-year-old brother suffered only minor injuries.

Wayne Williams then held three male hostages for three hours as police worked to resolve the situation.

Officers managed to free the hostages about 5:00pm and found Wayne Williams’ body inside the property — he is thought to have shot himself.

A police spokeswoman said at this stage it did not look like the matter was related to outlaw motorcycle club conflicts.

But she said that some of the people involved were members of the clubs.

“It doesn’t look like anything to do with bikie gang wars, it looks like a business dispute at this stage,” she said.

Peter Williams was refused bail and will face Campbelltown Local Court today, while the woman was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at the same court on April 4.

Macquarie Fields Police Detective Inspector Mark Brett said on Monday they had yet to determine the motive of the alleged shooter.

Police said they did not believe the shooting was terrorism related.

Witnesses from nearby businesses said they heard five gunshots ring out.


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Richie Callendar on ‘Racings dirty little secret’


Richard Callander is facing a charge by Racing NSW stewards
Jockey Glyn Schofield, media personality Richard Callander and Chris Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior have all been charged over the sale of Lil Caesar to Hong Kong.

Racing NSW stewards issued the charges on Friday after the trio attended an inquiry earlier this week.

Schofield is charged under Australian Rule of Racing 85C with having been involved in the negotiating of the sale of the racehorse Lil Caesar to Hong Kong interests.

As a licensed jockey, Schofield is not permitted to be involved in the buying, selling, trading or leasing of thoroughbred bloodstock.

Both Callander and Prior have been charged under AR175(a) with dishonest and/or fraudulent actions in connection with the disbursement of $60,000 of the sale proceeds of $200,000 from the sale.

The inquiry heard on Monday that Prior had allegedly received $24,000 from the sale, Schofield $10,000 as well as another $10,000 in commission from Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum and Callander, who had a 5 per cent share in the horse, over $30,000.

Callander had transferred $129,405.20 from the $200,000 sale to the Waller racing account to be paid to the other owners in the horse.

Earlier this month Schofield was charged by Racing Victoria stewards over the sale of the Brent Stanley-trained Equita to Hong Kong.

It has been alleged that Schofield received $290,000 from the buyer, retaining $20,000 with Stanley collecting $70,000 while the other owners were advised the horse had been sold for $200,000.

‘Racing’s dirty little secret’ revealed during inquiry into Hong Kong horse sale

February 22, 2016 – 10:57PM

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Richard Callander. Photo: Getty Images

Richard Callander labelled it “racing’s dirty little secret”, the world of secret commissions and kickbacks in selling horses as he, Chris Waller‘s racing manager Liam Prior and jockey Glyn Schofield faced stewards on Monday about the sale of Lil Caesar in November 2014.

The difference between the invoice price of $200,000 on October 28 and the $140,000 the owners were told and paid in November 2014 was centre of the inquiry.

Callander told stewards he had been in racing his whole life and there are “backhands” and “commissions” paid in nearly every horse sale. “It happens every single day in racing in every sale,” he said.

It was agreed Callander invoiced Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum for $200,000 via Schofield for the horse, which Waller thought had limited ability. It has since won four races in Hong Kong. On October 28, Waller emailed Callander and Prior at 9.13am asking what price they had got for Lil Caesar. Callander said he did not reply because he did not know at that point. However, at 11.22am he emailed Schofield an invoice for $200,000, which was forwarded to Shum.

Callander said he was “protecting” the owners and trying to act in their best interests to keep them from having a bad experience in racing. He believed the price was $140,000, even though he invoiced for $200,000 he wasn’t expecting to get that much.  “I have grown up in racing and 200G doesn’t mean you are getting 200G,” Callander said. He was surprised when Schofield transferred $200,000 into his account on November 12, 2014.

The next day Schofield went to Callander’s house and was paid $10,000 in cash for “an amazing job” to get so much for the horse.

The jockey also admitted he received a $10,000 commission from Shum, 5 per cent of the deal, which had been paid to Schofield’s account along with the $200,000.

Callander was the managing owner and had 5 per cent of Lil Caesar. Once the horse was sold he moved $129,405.20 for 95 per cent of the horse into the Waller racing account, which was paid to the owners. “I made one error of judgement in not contacting the owners [at the time] and telling them we had got the bigger amount and asking how they would want the [extra] money dispensed,” Callander said. “I have contacted them all now [personally] and they have all been paid [their share of the extra $50,000].”

On top of the $10,000 given to Schofield, there was the missing $50,000 that it appears was split between Callander and Prior. Callander paid Prior $24,000 in five separate deposits. Prior admitted his actions appeared to be deceitful and dishonest. He had told the owners there was an offer of $130,000 that was negotiated up to $140,000. The inquiry was adjourned until a day to be fixed.


Inquiry over sale of horse to Hong Kong

Richard Callander fronted a stewards inquiry on Monday Richard Callander fronted a stewards inquiry on Monday Image: Getty

Racing media identity Richard Callander has admitted he kept a commission from the sale of a horse to Hong Kong but says money has since been paid to the other owners.

Callander, a presenter for former racing telecaster TVN, trainer Chris Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior and jockey Glyn Schofield appeared before Racing NSW stewards on Monday over the sale of Lil Caesar for an alleged $200,000, not $140,000 as the ownership group was told.

A part-owner of the horse, Callander transferred $129,405.20, $140,000 less his five per cent, into Waller Racing to be distributed among the other owners.

Prior told the inquiry he was paid $24,000 while Schofield received a $10,000 commission from trainer Danny Shum and another $10,000 with Callander receiving the rest.

The deal came to light when Racing Victoria stewards questioned Schofield over the sale of another unraced horse, Equita, previously trained by Brent Stanley.

Schofield arranged the sale of the colt to the Shum stable with the original owners told the price was $200,000.

RV stewards have charged both Stanley and Schofield over the sale with the jockey alleged to have received $20,000 and the trainer $70,000 from the sale of the colt for $290,000.

Schofield has told stewards in both states he was unaware of the ruled banning jockeys from involvement in such sales.

Both horses were unraced in Australia but have since gone on to win races in Hong Kong with Lil Caesar racing as Lucky Year and Equita as Dancing Flames.

No charges have yet been laid by stewards in NSW while a date for the Victorian inquiry is still to be set.


Stewards hear secret commission retained

BY Adrian Dunn – @adriandunn2
1 day ago Horse Racing

G1X presenter and reporter Richard Callander today told a Racing New South Wales Stewards inquiry it was never his intention to deceive the part-owners of Lil Caesar in the sale of the horse to Hong Kong, a sale managed by Callander.

Callander, Liam Prior, the racing manager for Chris Waller, and jockey Glyn Schofield have been called to assist stewards in the inquiry of the sale of Lil Caesar in October 2014.

Callander, the managing part-owner of Lil Caesar, and with a five per cent share in the horse, told the inquiry he was expecting to receive between $130,000 to $140,000 for the unraced Chris Waller-trained horse, not the $200,000 that was subsequently paid by Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum.

He said all the owners were happy to sell the horse for $140,000 as the belief was it had limited ability.

Callander, who has voluntarily stood down from G1X pending the outcome of the inquiry, said the “one mistake” he made was not contacting the owners when the $200,000 was paid – what he called a “windfall” – and to ask them if they were happy for him and Prior to retain the difference as their “commission” on the sale.

Callander said he made four payments of $5,000 and one payment of $4,000 to Prior in late 2014, a total of $24,000.

He told the stewards that commissions happened in racing transactions every day – from yearling sales to the sale of tried horses – within Australia and to Asia. He said “many, many trainers and jockeys” would now be questioned over the sale of horses. He described it as “racing’s dark little secret”.

Asked by Racing NSW chairman of stewards Ray Murrihy if his actions were “clearly deceitful and dishonest”, Callander replied: “I challenge your wording. I have dedicated my life to helping others. There was no intent to be deceitful, none at all.

“I have never done anything deceitful. That sits very harshly with me.”

Callander told Stewards he had subsequently spoken with and paid all the other 19 part-owners of the horse their share of the money that he and Prior had received.

The Racing NSW Stewards inquiry heard that Schofield received from Callander $10,000 as commission for his role in the sale. Schofield revealed he had also received a similar commission from the Hong Kong buyers.

Schofield told the inquiry that Callander gave the money as a gratuity for his role in the sale; Callander said Schofield asked for the money.

Schofield told the inquiry that he had a conversation at Warwick Farm races on October 15 (2014) with Callander about the possible sale of Lil Caesar to Hong Kong.

Callander denied the conversation took place at Warwick Farm. Schofield said, “I asked what price and he (Callander) was a bit vague.”

Schofield said he had also spoken with Prior about making inquiries with contacts he had in Hong Kong, including Shum, and later forwarded Shum a video clip and veterinary details about the horse. “I received a reply that he was quite keen and interested in the horse,” Schofield said.

He said he emailed Shum that the horse could be purchased for $200,000 and he (Schofield) would leave his commission to Shum. Schofield said he was later told by Shum that the Hong Kong buyers had agreed to give him five per cent commission – $10,000.

Schofield said Shum emailed him on October 28, 2014 requesting an invoice for the horse and he forwarded that request to Callander. He said on November 10 he received a bank transfer from Shum of $210,000, which included his $10,000 Hong Kong commission.

Two days later, Schofield said he transferred $200,000 to Callander’s bank account.

The inquiry heard that Waller sent an email to Callander and Prior at 9.13 am on October 28, 2014 asking what price Lil Caesar had been sold for.

Two hours later Callander sent Schofield an invoice, via email, for $200,000, which the jockey then forwarded to Shum.

Asked by Murrihy if he (Schofield) realised he had breached Rule 85 (c), which deals with a jockey not being allowed to be involved in the sale or the proceeds of any thoroughbred sold, Schofield said he did not know the rule existed. Schofield was charged earlier this year by Racing Victoria stewards for his part in the sale of the horse Equita to Hong Kong.

Prior told the inquiry he thought the sale of Lil Caesar would realise $140,000 and relayed that information to all the owners of October 28, 2014. Prior said he had received emails from part-owners Ben Weiss and Steve Sandor about the sale of the horse several times in the period following the sale asking for documentation.

The latest email exchange was on February 5 this year.

“I said the horse was moved on in good faith,” Prior said. “I meant that about selling the horse.”

Lil Caesar, who now races as Lucky Year in Hong Kong, has won four of seven starts for Shum, with earnings of $HK3.9 million ($AU700,000).

The inquiry was adjourned until a date to be fixed.


Callander stands down

BY Adrian Dunn – @adriandunn2
5 days ago Horse Racing

ADRIAN DUNN reports @adriandunn2

G1X journalist and presenter Richard Callander has voluntarily stood down from his G1X duties pending a Racing NSW inquiry into the sale of the racehorse Lil Caesar.

Callander was a part-owner of the unraced Lil Caesar when it was sold to Hong Kong interests last year.

Racing NSW chairman Ray Murrihy said the inquiry would continue at the Racing NSW offices in Sydney at 2pm on Monday.

Callander has been summoned to appear before stewards concerning “matters pertaining to the sale, in October 2014, to Hong Kong interests, of the racehorse Lil Caesar (now registered as Lucky Year).”

G1X CEO Simon Mackay said Callander’s offer to stand down has been accepted in the best interests of Callander and G1X.

“Without pre-empting the outcome of the the inquiry, G1X is a transparent organisation whose values are based on the highest standards of trust and integrity,” Mackay said.

“Richie has been a wonderful employee and ambassador of and for G1X, and it was he who volunteered taking a break from his employment with G1X in the best interests of the company.

“The inquiry provides him with the opportunity to express himself while assisting the stewards with their inquiry.”

Mackay said G1X would not make any further comment until the inquiry has been completed.

Callander was one of the first to sign with G1X.com.au when it was launched last August. He previously enjoyed a long media career with Channel 9, TVN and Winning Post.


FBAA slams Callander over ‘kickbacks’ comment

Richard Callander has put bloodstock agents offside Richard Callander has put bloodstock agents offside Image: Getty

The Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) have slammed media personality Richard Callander over comments made during a recent Racing NSW Stewards’ inquiry.

Callander claimed that secret commissions and kickbacks for selling horses are racing’s ‘dark little secret’, something that the FBAA vehemently denies.

“It is very disappointing for a senior journalist to say during a stewards inquiry that kickbacks and secret commissions are racing’s ‘dark little secret’,” said FBAA President Adrian Hancock in a statement on their website.

“Those comments are a slur on the participants in the industry who operate professionally and honestly.”

Callander appeared before Racing NSW officials on Monday and admitted his involvement in the sale of a racehorse to Hong Kong for $200,000 despite telling the owners that the horse had been sold for $140,000.

The deal came to light when Racing Victoria stewards questioned rider Glyn Schofield over the sale of another unraced horse, Equita, previously trained by Brent Stanley.

“I note that no bloodstock agents are alleged to have been involved in this (Callander) sale or the recent transaction in Victoria involving trainer Brent Stanley let alone members of the FBAA,” said Hancock.

“The FBAA is dedicated to ensuring the integrity and fairness in all its horse dealings. We have been at the forefront of developing industry best practices for nearly 20 years.

“In addition to the industry Code of Conduct, the FBAA has a Code of Ethics to ensure our members can be trusted,” said Hancock.

“We urge any racing participant to get in contact with the FBAA if they are in need of advice about the possible sale of a racehorses, yearlings or broodmares.

“To this end we always recommend using the FBAA Contracts of Sale in any transaction. Each of our 26 accredited members will always act in the best interests of their clients and make sure that they are well looked after.”

Richard Callander is facing a charge by Racing NSW stewards Image: Getty
Jockey Glyn Schofield, media personality Richard Callander and Chris Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior have all been charged over the sale of Lil Caesar to Hong Kong.

Racing NSW stewards issued the charges on Friday after the trio attended an inquiry earlier this week.

Schofield is charged under Australian Rule of Racing 85C with having been involved in the negotiating of the sale of the racehorse Lil Caesar to Hong Kong interests.

As a licensed jockey, Schofield is not permitted to be involved in the buying, selling, trading or leasing of thoroughbred bloodstock.

Both Callander and Prior have been charged under AR175(a) with dishonest and/or fraudulent actions in connection with the disbursement of $60,000 of the sale proceeds of $200,000 from the sale.

The inquiry heard on Monday that Prior had allegedly received $24,000 from the sale, Schofield $10,000 as well as another $10,000 in commission from Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum and Callander, who had a 5 per cent share in the horse, over $30,000.

Callander had transferred $129,405.20 from the $200,000 sale to the Waller racing account to be paid to the other owners in the horse.

Earlier this month Schofield was charged by Racing Victoria stewards over the sale of the Brent Stanley-trained Equita to Hong Kong.

It has been alleged that Schofield received $290,000 from the buyer, retaining $20,000 with Stanley collecting $70,000 while the other owners were advised the horse had been sold for $200,000.

Mustapha Dib walks out of jail-free on appeal


Grinning from ear to ear, the killer given 30 years for shooting dead a police informant’s pregnant wife walks free on appeal… but will he still be smiling when he finds out his girlfriend’s moved on with another man?

  • Man jailed for 30 years for killing wife of another man has been released
  • Mustapha Dib was smiling when he was released on Monday
  • He was found guilty of murdering a woman and wounding her partner
  • The 33-year-old successfully appealed against the sentence
  • His former partner Bethany Wikeepa professed her love when he was jailed
  • However, she has since married another man and welcomed a baby boy 

A man sentenced to at least 30 years in jail for murdering a woman and released after his conviction was quashed on appeal smiled broadly as he walked out of prison on Monday. 

Mustapha Dib successfully fought against the sentence handed to him in July 2012 when he was found guilty of murdering the 20-year-old woman and wounding her partner with intent to murder in a shooting at Punchbowl in Sydney’s south-west in November 2000.

However, his cheer may not last long when he realises that his former girlfriend Bethany Wikeepa – who professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed – married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy with her husband.

Mustapha Dib (pictured), who was sentenced to at least 30 years for murdering a 20-year-old woman, was smiling when he was released from jail on Monday

Mustapha Dib (pictured), who was sentenced to at least 30 years for murdering a 20-year-old woman, was smiling when he was released from jail on Monday

Mustapha Dib (pictured left) successfully appealed his sentence, handed to him in July 2012 after he was found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old woman, and wounding her partner in a shooting in Sydney in 2000

Mustapha Dib (pictured left) successfully appealed his sentence, handed to him in July 2012 after he was found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old woman, and wounding her partner in a shooting in Sydney in 2000

Dib (pictured in blue) smiling as he walked toward the prison gates on Monday and saw a group of friends and family waiting for him just outside the thick black bars 

Dib (pictured in blue) smiling as he walked toward the prison gates on Monday and saw a group of friends and family waiting for him just outside the thick black bars

Dib (in blue) immediately hugged a male friend as he walked out from behind the prison gates

Dib (in blue) immediately hugged a male friend as he walked out from behind the prison gates

His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around his friends and family

His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around his friends and family

He was greeted at the prison gates by friends and family, with Dib immediately hugged by a male friend. His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around the man.

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the prison parking lot, holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand.

He then jumped into the back of a friend’s bright orange car and drove away.

Dib (pictured center) waited as the black bars were opened and he could see friends and family waiting just outside

Dib (pictured centre) waited as the black bars were opened and he could see friends and family waiting just outside

'The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,' Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision

‘The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,’ Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the parking lot

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the parking lot

Dib’s release came after an appeal panel ruled that there was room to doubt the identity of the person who shot the man and woman in Punchbowl.

‘My analysis of the evidence has led me to conclude that it was not open for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the applicant was the person who shot [AB] and the deceased,’ Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court.

HOW DIB WAS RELEASED EARLY FROM PRISON

Mustapha Dib was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in 2012 for murdering a 20-year-old woman.

The 20-year-old woman and her male partner were shot while sitting in their car on a Sydney street in 2000.

The deceased woman’s partner told police he was shot by Dib and identified him by his nickname ‘Fairy’.

He recanted his story once he had recovered and fled to Syria

The man was later tracked down and extradited back to Australia and testified during Dib’s 2012 trial where he repeatedly told the jury that the gunman was wearing a balaclava.

Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer and potential witness against him in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998.

On Monday, a three-judge panel ruled unanimously that evidence given by the man during the trial, identifying Dib as the shooter, was unreliable.

The fast speed of the events during the 2000 shooting and the lack of light would have made it difficult for the witness to identify Dib as the shooter, the judges concluded.

Because of the panel’s findings, Dib’s sentence was ‘quashed’ and he was ordered to be immediately released from custody.

‘The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had.’

‘The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,’ Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision.

Dib (pictured) walked out of the prison while holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand

Dib (pictured) walked out of the prison while holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand

Family and friends looked overjoyed as Dib was released early from prison

Family and friends looked overjoyed as Dib was released early from prison

Dib (pictured) made his way through waves of reporters and into the parking lot 

Dib (pictured) made his way through waves of reporters and into the parking lot

He then got into the back seat of a friend's bright orange ute (pictured) 

He then got into the back seat of a friend’s bright orange ute (pictured)

Dib, who was previously known only as ‘Z’ as he was 17 at the time of the shooting, was accused of firing four shots into the car of the man and woman outside their home.

The pair’s two-year-old child was also in the vehicle at the time, but was not injured.

The woman was hit once in the stomach and again through her upper back, killing her. Her partner, known as AB, was shot in the neck.

In sentencing in 2012, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998

In sentencing in 2012, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998

Previously known only as 'Z' as he was 17 at the time of the incident - it was alleged Dib had fired four shots into the couple's car after waiting outside their home 

Previously known only as ‘Z’ as he was 17 at the time of the incident – it was alleged Dib had fired four shots into the couple’s car after waiting outside their home

While recovering in hospital, the deceased woman’s partner had initially told police he was shot by the then 29-year-old, identifying him by his nickname ‘Fairy’.

But he later retracted this identification and fled to Syria.

The man was tracked down and extradited back to Australia and testified during Dib’s trial, when he repeatedly told the jury that the gunman was wearing a balaclava.

Bethany Wikeepa, who was Dib's former girlfriend and professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed in July 2012, married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy

Bethany Wikeepa, who was Dib’s former girlfriend and professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed in July 2012, married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy

Bethany Wikeepa got engaged to another man - Jason Wikeepa - several months after Dib was jailed

Bethany Wikeepa got engaged to another man – Jason Wikeepa – several months after Dib was jailed

Dib pleaded guilty to 14-year-old Edward Lee's manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years

Dib pleaded guilty to 14-year-old Edward Lee’s manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years

At Dib’s 2012 sentencing, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer and potential witness against him in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998.

Dib pleaded guilty to the 14-year-old’s manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years.

Several months after Dib was jailed for the woman’s murder, his now 30-year-old former partner became engaged to New Zealand man Jason Wikeepa.

The couple married in late 2013 and welcomed their son in April this year.

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib.

'The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had,' Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court on Momday.

‘The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had,’ Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court on Monday.

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib

Jason and Bethany Wikeepa married in late 2013 - more than a year after Dib was convicted and jailed

Jason and Bethany Wikeepa married in late 2013 – more than a year after Dib was convicted and jailed


 

Homeless man Reginald Mullaly, had $70 in his wallet but $30,000 in the bank when his body was found


As a society it should not matter where someone ranks in in life when a  murder occurs.Their death MUST be investigated to the fullest extent.So maybe with some info from someone we can find out what really happened to Reggie Mullaly?

January 18, 2016

Left to die under a bridge

The body of Reginald Mullaly, 69, was found in September 2015 under a bridge in Bathurst, with 11 stab wounds to his arms and chest. Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

Every day Reginald Mullaly would stir from his makeshift shelter under the Denison Bridge and take the $8-$9 cab ride into Bathurst’s CBD.

Twice a week, he would stroll into the Reliance Credit Union and withdraw a few hundred dollars from the almost $30,000 he had in his bank account.

This money would be spent on pies at a bakery, cans at the bottle shop and a loaf of bread to feed the ducks on the banks of the Macquarie River.

Dawn, the sister of homeless man Reginald Mullaly, holds a photo of him.Dawn, the sister of homeless man Reginald Mullaly, holds a photo of him. Photo: Kate Geraghty

His spare change would go into the guide dog donation tin at Liquorland.

It is this money that police suspect might have led Mr Mullaly, who chose the life of a vagabond despite the thousands in his bank account, to be targeted in a vicious and fatal attack.

The 69-year-old homeless man’s body was found lying under the bridge he called home on September 20, 2015.

The shelter under Denison Bridge in Bathurst where Reginald Mullaly slept and where his body was found.The shelter under Denison Bridge in Bathurst where Reginald Mullaly slept and where his body was found. Photo: Kate Geraghty

He was clutching a tissue and was holding it up against a bloody wound on his temple. Small blood spots dotted rocks that formed his sleeping nook.

A blanket, given to him by staff at the bakery, covered his bottom half and his boots were off, as if he had settled in for the night.

Days later, staff at the Newcastle Morgue removed his six layers of clothing and found 11 stab wounds on his body.

A bag where Reginald Mullaly's body was found.A bag where Reginald Mullaly’s body was found. Photo: Kate Geraghty

“It’s a cowardly attack on a vulnerable member of the community,” Detective Senior Constable Adrian Graham said.

Mr Mullaly was last seen about 3.15pm on Thursday September 17, when a taxi dropped him off at his usual spot near Lions Club Drive.

Police are still hunting for the person or persons responsible for Mr Mullaly’s death but they believe his financial status, in stark contradiction to the itinerant life he led, may have been a motive.

A hat where Reginald Mullaly was found.A hat where Reginald Mullaly was found. Photo: Kate Geraghty

While detectives found about $70 in Mr Mullaly’s wallet at the crime scene, his attackers may have been disappointed to find he did not have a bank card to access the money in his account.

He inherited tens of thousands of dollars after his mother died a few years ago but resisted putting it towards accommodation.

It was no secret that Mr Mullaly had money but the exact figure would fluctuate depending on who you spoke to in town.

Reginald Mullaly was last seen getting out a taxi on September 17 last year.Reginald Mullaly was last seen getting out a taxi on September 17 last year. Photo: NSW Police

Twice a week he would withdraw enough cash to cover his daily routine, which seldom changed.

Some days he would sit beside Kerry Hodge, as he strummed his guitar and sang Johnny Cash songs on the Howick Street footpath.

“With his little bag alongside him, he would have a bit of a beer hidden and he kept it so nobody could see his beer,” Mr Hodge said.

Detective Senior Constable Adrian Graham stands near the shelter where Reginald Mullaly's body was found.Detective Senior Constable Adrian Graham stands near the shelter where Reginald Mullaly’s body was found. Photo: Kate Geraghty

“But I knew and I didn’t mind because he never, ever, ever, said anything to upset me.

“Then he would come along with bread and feed the little sparrows.

“Now that he is gone, I am feeding the sparrows for him.”

Reginald Mullaly's sister Dawn holds a lock of his hair.Reginald Mullaly’s sister Dawn holds a lock of his hair. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Mr Hodge, who was one of the last people to see “Reggie” alive, had heard that Mr Mullaly often knocked back offers for accommodation.

Despite his generosity, people would sometimes confront Mr Mullaly for money, Mr Hodge said.

One of five children, Mr Mullaly was well known in the area, having grown up fishing and shooting on a property near Newbridge, about 30 kilometres outside Bathurst.

Kerry Hodge, a friend of Reginald Mullaly and one of the last people to see him alive.

Kerry Hodge, a friend of Reginald Mullaly and one of the last people to see him alive. Photo: Kate Geraghty

He moved between the family property and his sister Dawn’s house in Bathurst and worked as a wardsman at the Bathurst Base Hospital and a shearer in adulthood.

But it was his penchant for a drink and Dawn’s loathing for alcohol that often caused their relationship to become unstuck.

“He lived with me for 13 months and just one day he would pick up with fellas that he knew,” Dawn said.

“He always knew he could come back [to my house] but the conditions were no drink and you smoke your rollies outside.”

They were simple conditions that would have put a roof over his head. Yet Mr Mullaly wanted to do things his way, even if it meant sleeping in the dirt between two bridge pillars.

“Say he lived with you and you had the TV too loud, if you started the mower or vacuum cleaner or you were watching Home and Away on TV, that would be enough to make him pack up and leave,” Dawn said.

“He packed up and left in what he stood up in.

“I just don’t understand it because Dad was a hard worker and mum was and the four of us girls don’t drink.”

 

 

Despite their differences, Dawn always kept a caring eye on her drifting brother and was there when he needed help.

On Wednesdays, Mr Mullaly would meet Dawn’s daughter at the river, where they would feed the ducks together. Sometimes he would return with his niece to Dawn’s neat and comforting home.

If he didn’t show up, Dawn would go looking for him. Once she reported him missing.

Those who knew Mr Mullaly conceded that, while sometimes he was gruff, he caused nobody any harm.

“It doesn’t matter if you live in a mansion or under a bridge, you don’t deserve to be murdered,” Dawn said.

“There is someone out there that knows what happened and I’m just hoping they come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Bathurst police on 02 6332 8699.

Found this on the ABC Android App


‘No body, no parole’ laws proposed by WA Opposition http://ab.co/1mA4Naz – via @abcnews

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‘No body, no parole’ laws proposed by WA Opposition
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Ray and Margaret Dodd (left) hand over a petition calling for ‘no body, no parole’ laws to Labor MPs David Templeman, Mark McGowan and John Quigley.
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BY JACOB KAGI

Killers who refuse to help police find the remains of their victims could be denied parole under legislation set to be introduced to State Parliament by the West Australian Opposition.

The move comes on the back of a campaign by the parents of WA teenager Hayley Dodd, who disappeared nearly two decades ago, calling for ‘no body, no parole’ laws to be introduced.

An online petition started by Margaret and Ray Dodd calling for such laws to be introduced has since gained nearly 20,000 supporters.

If the proposed laws were enacted, it would mean a convicted murderer would not be eligible for parole unless the Prisoner Review Board was satisfied the person had co-operated with police to locate victims’ remains.

Labor will give notice of its plans to introduce the legislation in State Parliament this week, but will need the support of the Government for it to proceed.

Shadow Attorney-General John Quigley said the change would offer an extremely strong incentive for murderers to assist authorities to recover victims’ bodies.

“If you are convicted of murder and you have not revealed the whereabouts of the victim, you will be cemented into that prison forever,” Mr Quigley said.

“We are sick of people suffering interminably … the community is revolted by the fact.”

A similar measure is already in place in South Australia after being introduced last year, and there are calls for its introduction in Queensland.

‘This is important to a lot of people’

Margaret Dodd said her petition showed there was an overwhelming appetite for change.

Missing WA teenager Hayley Dodd
Her daughter Hayley went missing in 1999 while travelling between Moora and Badgingarra in WA’s Wheatbelt, and is thought to have been abducted and murdered.

“We have almost 20,000 signatures and it just shows this is important to a lot of people, not just to victims but to the general public out there,” Ms Dodd said.

“The law needs changing.”

However the Attorney-General Michael Mischin dismissed the plan as a “beat up”, saying there was nothing to suggest it was needed.

“As long as I am Attorney-General, I would not be recommending to the Governor any release on parole for a murderer who has not revealed the location of the victim’s body,” he said.

“[Labor] talks about many cases — I challenge them to name one since we came into government where it has happened. It is simply a non-issue.

“It seems to be me to be a beat up based on a lady’s grief, but I can assure you the current law accommodates what they are proposing.”

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