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ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1955

Domenic “Mick” Gatto was born on the 6th of August 1955. Mick is an Italian-Australian man widely suspected to be involved in the Melbourne underworld. Gatto is a ‘professional mediator’ within the building industry in Melbourne. He runs a company, Arbitrations and Mediations Pty Ltd and has an interest in the crane company, Elite Cranes. In 2004 Mick Gatto was charged with the murder of suspected underworld hitman Andrew Veniamin and remanded in custody for 18 months. He was found not guilty at trial, during which Gatto claimed he had acted in self-defence after Veniamin pulled out a .38 and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot in the eye. He also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh.

On This Day – December 13, 2003

Graeme Kinniburgh garnered notoriety for his role in the Melbourne gangland killings. On 13 December 2003, Kinniburgh himself was murdered outside his home in Kew on Belmont Avenue. Two members of a rival criminal gang, or a two-man operation, was suspected of involvement in his death; Carl Williams was questioned, and Andrew Veniamin was treated as a suspect. In 2004, Mick Gatto claimed that Veniamin had implicated himself in Kinniburgh’s death prior to himself being killed, but it was later shown that Veniamin had been on the other side of town at the time of the murder. This was deduced by tracking his mobile phone at the time of the murder. However, this in turn has been disputed as a case of the mobile phone and not Veniamin having an alibi. If Veniamin had been one of the two gunmen who killed Kinnisburgh, then the identity of the other has never been established.

In November 2015, police charged Stephen John Asling with Kinniburgh’s murder.

ON THIS DAY – October 16, 2002

The victim was found dead by his brother around 10am on October 16, 2002 – half seated and half slumped on the floor against his bed. He had been killed three days earlier and had been shot five times in the head with a .38 handgun.

Kallipolitis became extremely paranoid, which could have been because of his steroid and other drug use. He would always have a firearm at home. The fact that he was killed in his bedroom and there were no signs of a struggle would suggest he had someone he knew in his house prior to his death.

It was suggested that Benji Venamin was responsible for the killing.

The two were always up for a chat and on October 12 they had a total of 18 telephone conversations.

Veniamin dropped PK off at his home about 9 o’clock that evening and, police claim, went into the fortified house with his mate – probably to discuss business. Kallipolitis made his last call to a local panel-beating firm around 8.55pm – possibly to discuss debts.

Associates said Benji was a regular visitor and Kallipolitis was at ease in his company – a perfect formula for an underworld ambush.

From that night Benji would never ring his mate again, although it would be three days before the body would be discovered. The conclusion was obvious. Veniamin knew PK would not answer as he was slumped dead in the bedroom.

The autopsy showed he was shot in the temple, back of the head and just above the right eye at point-blank range.

Located on the bed was a blue carry bag containing neatly folded tracksuit pants and T-shirts. There was a sawn-off shotgun, black leather gloves and two shotgun cartridges. On a nearby dresser crime scene examiners found a handwritten sign that said ”Gotcha Gone C………, Ha, Ha, Ha.”

One theory is that Kallipolitis wrote the note he intended to use in an armed robbery as part of his debt collection business. Another was that it was a Veniamin taunt to his now dead friend. It was an expression Benji often used to end his text messages.

Benji would not live to be charged with the murder – he was shot dead in a case of self-defence by Melbourne identity Mick Gatto in 2004.

ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1955

Domenic “Mick” Gatto was born on the 6th of August 1955. Mick is an Italian-Australian man widely suspected to be involved in the Melbourne underworld. Gatto is a ‘professional mediator’ within the building industry in Melbourne. He runs a company, Arbitrations and Mediations Pty Ltd and has an interest in the crane company, Elite Cranes. In 2004 Mick Gatto was charged with the murder of suspected underworld hitman Andrew Veniamin and remanded in custody for 18 months. He was found not guilty at trial, during which Gatto claimed he had acted in self-defence after Veniamin pulled out a .38 and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot in the eye. He also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh.

On this day ……… 8th of May 2000
52-year-old fruiterer Francesco “Frank” Benvenuto, was fatally shot while sitting in his car in the driveway of his Beaumaris home on the 8th of May 2000. Phone records show that as Benvenuto lay dying he managed to ring ex-employee and associate Victor Peirce on his mobile phone. It is suspected the contract was ordered by Mick Gatto. Police initially treated him as a suspect but later offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Mark Moran and Andrew Veniamin were later named as chief suspects.

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004

Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a .38 pistol and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot into the eye. Gatto also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh; he is also believed to have killed underworld figure Victor Pierce. His funeral was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sunshine, Melbourne, the same church where he had been an altar boy.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 6, 2006

Mario Condello was born on the 12th April 1952, and was murdered on the 6th February 2006. Condello was an Italian-Australian organized crime figure. Condello, once a lawyer, was a member of the Carlton Crew, who is believed to have been a money launderer for Melbourne’s Calabrian mafia, the Ndrangheta. He was a key figure in the Melbourne gangland killings. Condello had a criminal record consisting of arson, fraud and drug trafficking and was also suspected by police to have been involved in multiple murders. In June 2004, an attempt on Condello’s life was foiled when two gunmen were caught by police outside Brighton Cemetery near his house. In 2005, he was charged with plotting to murder crime boss Carl Williams, who later was convicted of conspiracy to murder Condello. Condello was shot dead in his driveway, a day before he was due to stand trial for conspiracy to murder Williams. Police feared that his murder would be the resumption of the gangland wars. Melbourne police believed hitman Rodney Collins killed Mario Condello as a paid hit. Rodney Collins is serving life with an minimum of 32 years for a 1987 double murder for which he was convicted in May 2010. About 700 people attended his funeral, with Mick Gatto serving as a pallbearer. His murder remains unsolved.

 

 

On This Day – December 13, 2003

Graeme Kinniburgh garnered notoriety for his role in the Melbourne gangland killings. On 13 December 2003, Kinniburgh himself was murdered outside his home in Kew on Belmont Avenue. Two members of a rival criminal gang, or a two-man operation, was suspected of involvement in his death; Carl Williams was questioned, and Andrew Veniamin was treated as a suspect. In 2004, Mick Gatto claimed that Veniamin had implicated himself in Kinniburgh’s death prior to himself being killed, but it was later shown that Veniamin had been on the other side of town at the time of the murder. This was deduced by tracking his mobile phone at the time of the murder. However, this in turn has been disputed as a case of the mobile phone and not Veniamin having an alibi. If Veniamin had been one of the two gunmen who killed Kinnisburgh, then the identity of the other has never been established.

In November 2015, police charged Stephen John Asling with Kinniburgh’s murder.

ON THIS DAY – October 16, 2002

The victim was found dead by his brother around 10am on October 16, 2002 – half seated and half slumped on the floor against his bed. He had been killed three days earlier and had been shot five times in the head with a .38 handgun.

Kallipolitis became extremely paranoid, which could have been because of his steroid and other drug use. He would always have a firearm at home. The fact that he was killed in his bedroom and there were no signs of a struggle would suggest he had someone he knew in his house prior to his death.

It was suggested that Benji Venamin was responsible for the killing.

The two were always up for a chat and on October 12 they had a total of 18 telephone conversations.

Veniamin dropped PK off at his home about 9 o’clock that evening and, police claim, went into the fortified house with his mate – probably to discuss business. Kallipolitis made his last call to a local panel-beating firm around 8.55pm – possibly to discuss debts.

Associates said Benji was a regular visitor and Kallipolitis was at ease in his company – a perfect formula for an underworld ambush.

From that night Benji would never ring his mate again, although it would be three days before the body would be discovered. The conclusion was obvious. Veniamin knew PK would not answer as he was slumped dead in the bedroom.

The autopsy showed he was shot in the temple, back of the head and just above the right eye at point-blank range.

Located on the bed was a blue carry bag containing neatly folded tracksuit pants and T-shirts. There was a sawn-off shotgun, black leather gloves and two shotgun cartridges. On a nearby dresser crime scene examiners found a handwritten sign that said ”Gotcha Gone C………, Ha, Ha, Ha.”

One theory is that Kallipolitis wrote the note he intended to use in an armed robbery as part of his debt collection business. Another was that it was a Veniamin taunt to his now dead friend. It was an expression Benji often used to end his text messages.

Benji would not live to be charged with the murder – he was shot dead in a case of self-defence by Melbourne identity Mick Gatto in 2004.

ON THIS DAY …….6th August 1955

Domenic “Mick” Gatto was born on the 6th of August 1955. Mick is an Italian-Australian man widely suspected to be involved in the Melbourne underworld. Gatto is a ‘professional mediator’ within the building industry in Melbourne. He runs a company, Arbitrations and Mediations Pty Ltd and has an interest in the crane company, Elite Cranes. In 2004 Mick Gatto was charged with the murder of suspected underworld hitman Andrew Veniamin and remanded in custody for 18 months. He was found not guilty at trial, during which Gatto claimed he had acted in self-defence after Veniamin pulled out a .38 and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot in the eye. He also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh.

On this day ……… 8th of May 2000
52-year-old fruiterer Francesco “Frank” Benvenuto, was fatally shot while sitting in his car in the driveway of his Beaumaris home on the 8th of May 2000. Phone records show that as Benvenuto lay dying he managed to ring ex-employee and associate Victor Peirce on his mobile phone. It is suspected the contract was ordered by Mick Gatto. Police initially treated him as a suspect but later offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Mark Moran and Andrew Veniamin were later named as chief suspects.

ON THIS DAY ……….. 23rd of March 2004

Veniamin was killed in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on this day in 2004 at 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Domenic “Mick” Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds. During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a .38 pistol and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot into the eye. Gatto also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh; he is also believed to have killed underworld figure Victor Pierce. His funeral was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sunshine, Melbourne, the same church where he had been an altar boy.