A muscular, heavily tattooed man who is questioned by the police about the death of Gold Coast wife Ivona Jovanovic, has an extensive criminal history, can be revealed.
Mrs. Jovanovic, 27, was preparing for a night out when she was shot in a chest in a home in Highland Park on the Gold Coast on Sunday evening at about 8:30 PM.
It is understood Christos Panagakos and a number of other people were in the house when the incident occurred.
A group of five people, including Panagakos, 27, would have fled the scene after the shooting.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that Panagakos was involved in the shooting.
Ivona Jovanovic (photo), 27, prepared for a night out when she was shot in a chest in a house in Highland Park on the Gold Coast on Sunday evening at about 8.30 p.m.
It is understood Christos Panagakos (photo) and a number of other people were in the house when the incident occurred
The house is owned by Panagakos' mother, who is supposed to have called emergency services after the others fled the scene.
Emergency services brought Mrs. Jovanovic to Gold Coast University Hospital, where she died despite the efforts of medical staff.
Panagakos was arrested on Monday morning at about 1 am and is currently behind bars on the basis of a return order.
No one has yet been accused of shooting Mrs. Jovanovic.
Panagakos has an extensive criminal history, according to The Gold Coast Bulletin, including a conviction for trying to smuggle drugs in his rectum into prison.
It is also claimed that Panagakos has strong links with the Mongolian motorcycle riders.
His earlier convictions include dangerous behavior with a weapon, drug trafficking, drug delivery, offense, possession of a shortened firearm, obstructing the police, the unintentional disposal of a syringe and public nuisance.
Gold Coast woman Ivona Jovanovic (photo) died in mysterious circumstances
Panagakos was released from court in April 2016 after he was found guilty of petty charges.
He was originally confronted with eight charges of guns and serious drug offenses, but these were withdrawn after the court ruled that the police had illegally searched his car.
Judicial documents seen by The Gold Coast Bulletin reveal a raid on his home where two ecstasy tablets, anabolic steroids, 101 Viagra tablets, $ 16,650 cash and a list of alleged drug debts have been discovered.
The search for his car revealed 28 grams of ice, the police claim.
When the searches were made, Panagakos had been out of jail for only a month after serving a sentence for dangerous driving.
He was able to walk away from the court after seven months in Capricornia prison in Rockhampton.
In July 2017, after moving to Mackay with his girlfriend, he led the drug trafficking court.
The prosecutor, Nathan Crane, said he had become entangled in a drug trafficking network that traded meth and ecstasy.
Telephone ticking by detectives led him to be found guilty of three allegations of dangerous drug trafficking between March and April 2015.
It is claimed that Panagakos has strong links with the Mongolian motorcycle riders
One of the telephone taps showed that Panagakos tried to buy ice cream from Beenleigh on the Gold Coast between the ages of four and eight.
The second indictment for trade was charged for a value of $ 6700 in ice, which the court heard that Panagakos described the buyer as & # 39; f *** ing primo & # 39 ;.
The last charge was the sale of 500 ecstasy pills.
Justice James Henry noted Panagakos & # 39; horrible & # 39; eight page criminal history and sentenced him to three and a half years in prison without conditional release for 10 months.
While he was wanted after his conviction, ice and valium fell from his rectum.
He appeared before the same court in December 2017 to answer the & # 39; extremely stupid & # 39; attempt to smuggle drugs into prison.
The court also heard that he was trying a similar stunt at the Ipswich police station with a bag of various medicines.
Panagakos pleaded guilty to drug possession charges – one for the 2015 incident in Ipswich and two for the 2017 smuggling attempt.
His lawyer defended the reason he tried the smuggling because he was afraid of going to jail.
No one has yet been accused of the tragic shooting at Ivona Jovanovic (photo)
& # 39; He instructs why he did what he did was simply reducing his stress and fear of going to jail, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; But he acknowledges that his actions were not only extraordinarily stupid to use his words, but that they were also contrary to the generous discounts that his honor Justice (James) Henry had given him in the conviction. & # 39 ;
Panagakos read a letter on video to the court in which he said that he had been thinking about his actions while sitting behind bars.
& # 39; It is clear that I use medication to use self-medication during stressful situations that I have difficulty with. & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I now realize that this was cowardice for me and I just walk away from problems instead of dealing with them in an adult manner. & # 39;
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) gold-coast