Hitman Andrew & # 39; Benji & # 39; Veniamin was a & # 39; good guy & # 39; but the underworld was relieved when he was killed because no one knew whose side he was on, claimed drug kingpin Tony Mokbel.
Mokbel met the police in a secretly recorded conversation in a park in Melbourne in 2004 when he tried to make a deal to put crooks in the underworld behind bars and & # 39; bring peace to the street & # 39 ;.
A transcript of the conversation was revealed during a continuing royal commission on the use of informers by the Victoria Police.
Hitman Andrew & # 39; Benji & # 39; Veniamin (photo) was a & # 39; good guy & # 39; but the underworld was relieved when he was murdered because no one knew whose side he was on, alleged drug kingpin Tony Mokbel
Mokbel (photo) met the police in a secret conversation at a park in Melbourne in 2004 when he tried to make a deal to put crooks among the world behind bars and bring & # 39; peace to the streets & # 39 ;
During a 45-minute conversation with officers, Mokbel said, underworld killer Carl Williams and others were willing to & # 39; take a little time & # 39; to end the city's deadly gangland wars.
The meeting at Yarra Bend Park came weeks after Veniamin – once described as Australia's busiest hit man – was shot dead.
His death was discussed. The same was true of the murder of kickboxing hot dog vendor and drug dealer Michael Marshall, and the shooting of Jason Moran and Pasquale Barbaro in an Auskick children's clinic that the police described as a & # 39; game changer & # 39; in the gangland wars.
More than 30 people were killed between 1998 and 2010 during the intense rivalry between the Calabrian Mafia covenants & # 39; Carlton Crew & # 39; and the Mokbel-Williams aligned organized crime crowd.
& # 39; I don't want to see anyone else being killed & # 39 ;, Mokbel told the police on April 13, 2004.
& # 39; No one deserves to die. & # 39;
The long blunt Smith and Wesson .38 hand gun used when shooting Andrew Veniamin
But when it came to Veniamin, who was largely aligned with his own crew and was bodyguard for his partner Williams, he didn't take words.
& # 39; He was a dangerous, very dangerous guy. You wouldn't know which one day, whether he was on your side or not on your side, & said Mokbel.
Gangland character Mick Gatto was acquitted of the murder of Veniamin after a jury had accepted that the fatal shooting was self-defense.
But in his conversation with the police, Mokbel said: & # 39; In a sense, we are relieved that Mick (did) what he did & # 39 ;.
However, he made it clear that he was still not a fan of Mr. Gatto and described him as a & # 39; f *** in & # 39; c ** ksucker & # 39 ;.
Mokbel said in the recording that Moran & # 39; a buddy of mine & # 39; but said Moran hits & # 39; left, right and center & # 39; would drop
Melbourne underworld figure and accused drug lord Carl Williams (front left) carries the coffin of Andrew & # 39; Benji & # 39; Veniamin
Jason Moran was one of his rivals. Williams and two others, who cannot be named, were imprisoned for his murder.
Mokbel told police that Moran was a & # 39; mate & # 39; who had never wronged him, but suggested the way he ordered hits, his murder was no surprise.
& # 39; … he went to every f *** in & # 39; loose gun and said listen I give you 150 to put this guy on, 100 mille to put this guy on, & he said.
& # 39; If you are f *** in to go to everyone and hit me left, right and in the middle, what should I do? Sit there and wait for a guy … to come get me? & # 39;
The officers informed Mokbel that he could help them with their multiple open murder investigations. It can help its own affairs on the right track. But he was offended by the statement.
& # 39; Never tell me that again, & # 39; he said and said that is not in his nature.
Williams (photo) and two others, who cannot be named, were imprisoned for Moran's murder
Mokbel had already proposed a deal limited to drug offenses.
He hoped the police would help him make a deal with the then director of prosecutors Paul Coghlan, who could put an end to the gangland killings within six months.
& # 39; If we nod our heads at some of these charges, are you willing to nod your head and will we just go inside? & # 39; he asked officers.
A number of crooks from the underworld were willing to close the deal, he told them.
& # 39; Everyone has said they want to do a little jail, but they won't do f *** in & # 39; massive prison, yes now, & he said.
A deal has never been closed. Former gangland-busting Purana Taskforce boss Jim O & Brien told the royal commission that he believed Mokbel was arrogant because he thought he could play such an important role in ending the bloodshed.
Mokbel currently serves three decades behind bars. He was convicted of several drug offenses.
He was acquitted of the murder of Jason Moran and the charges for the murder of Marshall were withdrawn.
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