The mystery of the shipping container deepens as it is revealed that the man who plunged to his death had just received $10 million from the sale of the company that once had ties to notorious gangster Tony Mokbel: “Why were you there at 12:30 am?
- Truck boss fell to his death from the top of a shipping container
- His friends say he had just sold his company for $10 million on Friday.
- They have no idea why he was making a delivery to Adelaide.
- The company was once owned by an associate of underworld figures
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Questions have been raised about the bizarre death of a trucking company boss who mysteriously died just hours after his mob-linked business was sold for $10 million.
Troy Kellett, 43, died after falling from the top of a shipping container in the Adelaide Outer Harbor port in South Australia at 12:30am on Sunday.
Police charged two people who were with him with “unrelated” firearms offenses after they were allegedly found with an unlicensed and unregistered gun.
It has been revealed that his company was originally owned by an associate of notorious underworld figure Tony Mokbel and Melbourne’s colorful identity Mick Gatto.
Now the company boss’s friends want to know why Mr. Kellett was on top of the shipping container in the middle of the night, and why he was even in Adelaide.
Questions have been raised about the bizarre death of trucking company boss Troy Kellett (pictured), who mysteriously died just hours after his mob-linked business was sold for $10 million.
Troy Kellett, 43, died after falling from the top of a shipping container in the Outer Harbor of Adelaide (pictured) in South Australia at 12:30am on Sunday.
Mr. Kellett’s Melbourne-based shipping container transport business, Kellett Australia, had been operating since 1998, focused on metropolitan and rural Victorian deliveries.
His fleet of trucks, trailers and forklifts were part of a company that saw a big sale of shares to a new mystery buyer in April of last year.
Friends of the dead man say $10 million, believed to have come from the sale of the company, was only transferred to his bank account last Friday, just hours before his death.
They say he had just completed the sale of the company to an Adelaide firm.
‘[Then] they found him dead in Adelaide,’ the friend told the Adelaide Advertiser. ‘I just don’t understand. I really don’t.
They are puzzled why Mr Kellett was even in Adelaide on an apparent delivery rush, after he was said to have received an “urgent” call on Saturday for a load to be dispatched.
‘Troy doesn’t drive, hasn’t driven for years,’ they said. ‘He has teens of drivers there who could make the race. I don’t see why he would be there.
‘It’s not like Troy to drive, it’s not like Troy to take off on Saturday when he has his kids. Troy wouldn’t drive for no reason.
The friend also asked why Kellett was on the roof of the container before falling several feet to his death.
“There is no need to be on top of a container,” they added. Why was it on top of a container? And why was he on top of a container at 12:30 at night?
The only conclusion I can come to is that he was hiding. Something happened and he was hiding.
It has now been revealed that his trucking company was originally owned by an associate of notorious underworld figure Tony Mokbel (left) and Melbourne identity Mick Gatto (right)
Friends of the dead man say $10 million, believed to have come from the sale of his firm Kellett Australia (pictured), was only transferred to his bank account last Friday, just hours before his death.
Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances in the tragedy, but friends say the death should be investigated further.
Kellett Australia registered with ASIC through an off-the-shelf company purchased through Tom Kotsimbos’ firm Abbotts Incorporation Services in 1999.
Mr. Kotsimbos has previously been linked to shell companies created entirely legally and bought out of the box by Mokbel and Gatto.
He was a director of Kellett Australia for a day until Kellett’s brother Corey took over the company, before Kellett himself took ownership in 2003.
He was still listed as the sole director when he died, despite the notice of the sale of shares to an unidentified buyer in company records and the alleged $10 million deal.
There is no suggestion of criminality on the part of Mr. Kotsimbos or Mr. Kellett, or any involvement by Mokbel or Gatto.
The two men who were accompanying Mr Kellett at the time of his death were released on bail to appear at Port Adelaide Magistrate Court on 7 August to face charges of possession of firearms.
Police say their investigations are continuing.
“Police are preparing a coroner’s report in relation to the unsuspicious death of Mr Kellett in Outer Harbour,” a spokesman said.
The police investigation into the activity of the men in Outer Harbor is ongoing.