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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 – July 22, 1988

PENTRIDGE PRISON

CONVICTED murderer Alex Tsakmakis’s brutal killing earned very little sympathy among his fellow inmates.  Before we was clobbered to death behind bars, he too had carried out a prison killing. Before coming to police attention, Alex Tsakmakis appeared to be a company director and Ivanhoe family man. But his actions made him nothing but pure evil. Tskamakis, 40, was defenceless when he was attacked from behind on July 22, 1988. Taking lunch to a group of prisoners in the maximum security industry yard at about 11.30am, he was beaten on the back of the head by Russell St bomber Craig Minogue, 26. Tsakmakis remained standing at the first blow, but fell on the second. He was hit up to seven times with a pillow case full of 5kg gym weights and suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. Despite being given immediate medical attention and being rushed to hospital, he died six days later. Minogue received a second murder conviction but because he is serving it concurrently with his Russell St bombing sentence he has been given just three more months for Tskamakis’s death. The sentencing judge, Justice George Hampel believed Tskamakis’s life was not worth any more than that. At the time Minogue said he had killed Tskamakis in self defence because feared he would have been Tsakmakis’s next victim. Minogue will be eligible for parole in 2016.

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1931

GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER 

In the Criminal Court to-day George Arnold Turner, (33), labourer, was charged with having murdered Edward Vincent Sheehan on June 6 at Collingwood. The Crown alleged that during a struggle Sheehan fell to the footpath, and Turner went down on top of him. Turner held Sheehan down by the throat for about a quarter of an hour. The Crown alleged also that Sheehan’s death had been brought about by pressure on the nose and throat. Turner stated that he had acted In self-defence. He was found guilty of manslaughter, and remanded for sentence.

On This Day – December 17, 1942

Florence Maddalon aged 27, of South Yarra was found not guilty on a charge of having murdering her husband. Mrs Maddalon, collapsed on hearing the verdict of not guilty on the 17th December 1942. Her husband, Gulseppe Maddalon aged 40 was found fatally shot. She was also acquitted on a charge of manslaughter. Her defence was self defence.

 

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 – July 22, 1988

PENTRIDGE PRISON

CONVICTED murderer Alex Tsakmakis’s brutal killing earned very little sympathy among his fellow inmates.  Before we was clobbered to death behind bars, he too had carried out a prison killing. Before coming to police attention, Alex Tsakmakis appeared to be a company director and Ivanhoe family man. But his actions made him nothing but pure evil. Tskamakis, 40, was defenceless when he was attacked from behind on July 22, 1988. Taking lunch to a group of prisoners in the maximum security industry yard at about 11.30am, he was beaten on the back of the head by Russell St bomber Craig Minogue, 26. Tsakmakis remained standing at the first blow, but fell on the second. He was hit up to seven times with a pillow case full of 5kg gym weights and suffered a fractured skull and brain damage. Despite being given immediate medical attention and being rushed to hospital, he died six days later. Minogue received a second murder conviction but because he is serving it concurrently with his Russell St bombing sentence he has been given just three more months for Tskamakis’s death. The sentencing judge, Justice George Hampel believed Tskamakis’s life was not worth any more than that. At the time Minogue said he had killed Tskamakis in self defence because feared he would have been Tsakmakis’s next victim. Minogue will be eligible for parole in 2016.

ON THIS DAY – June 6, 1931

GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER 

In the Criminal Court to-day George Arnold Turner, (33), labourer, was charged with having murdered Edward Vincent Sheehan on June 6 at Collingwood. The Crown alleged that during a struggle Sheehan fell to the footpath, and Turner went down on top of him. Turner held Sheehan down by the throat for about a quarter of an hour. The Crown alleged also that Sheehan’s death had been brought about by pressure on the nose and throat. Turner stated that he had acted In self-defence. He was found guilty of manslaughter, and remanded for sentence.

ON THIS DAY – May 17, 1943

LAANG

The charge previously presented against Mrs Kathleen Lenehan of the murder of her husband, Thomas Lenehan, farmer, at their home at Laang, near Garvoc, on May 17, was withdrawn by Senior Constable Casey, of Terang. In making his application for the withdrawal of the charge. Senior Constable Casey said the depositions taken at the inquest had been read by the Crown Prosecutor, who expressed entire concurrence with the finding of the deputy coroner, Mr Thompson Allen, J.P., and said no charge of either murder or manslaughter should be proceeded with against Mrs Lenehan. There could not have been a clearer case of justifiable killing in self defence, he added.

ON THIS DAY – May 12, 1919

MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE SHOOTING

Henry Stokes, was charged with having wounded, with intent to murder, Henry Slater, in Little Collins-Street on May 12, was granted bail by Mr. Justice Hood. Slater is in the Melbourne Hospital as a result of having been shot with a revolver. Bail was refused by the City Court Bench last week, and on the same day an application was made to Mr. Justice Hood, who then declined to grant bail. This afternoon a further application was made, and this was supported by fresh affidavits. Stokes, in an affidavit, stated that immediately after his arrest, he informed the police that he acted in self-defence in an encounter with Slater. Mr. Justice Hood granted bail, which was fixed at the accused’s surety of £L000, and one surety of £1,000, or two of £500 ea. It was made a condition of the bail that the accused should report to the detective office each day.

ON THIS DAY …… 29th March 1947

MELBOURNE

Pleading that he acted in self-defence, Chang Gooh Kong aged 34, Chinese seaman, was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of Douglas Vivian Alcock aged 21, labourer, of Brunswick St., Fitzroy, on this day in 1947.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 24, 1926

NORTH MELBOURNE
IN SELF DEFENCE

Dominica Condello, 33, quarry man, who was charged with having murdered Constable Thomas Clare at North Melbourne on December 24, was acquitted, on the grounds that he acted in self-defence.

 

 

On This Day – December 17, 1942

Florence Maddalon aged 27, of South Yarra was found not guilty on a charge of having murdering her husband. Mrs Maddalon, collapsed on hearing the verdict of not guilty on the 17th December 1942. Her husband, Gulseppe Maddalon aged 40 was found fatally shot. She was also acquitted on a charge of manslaughter. Her defence was self defence.