Episode Six of TOUGH NUTS 2: AUSTRALIA’S HARDEST CRIMINALS premieres on Thursday, November 24 at 7.30pm AEDT and profiles murderer, drug dealer and kidnapper extortionist DINO DIBRA, also known as ‘The Sunshine Boy’.
Dino Dibra was born in 1975 and grew up in the tough working class suburb of Sunshine, Victoria, where he became lifelong friends with a group of boys, including Benji Veniamin, all who would go on to make their mark on Melbourne’s notorious underworld.
Starting out as a petty criminal, Dino eventually befriended druglord Carl Williams, becoming a high-ranking distributor for him. With the position came wealth and influence and Dibra deluded himself into believing he would one day control the Melbourne underworld.
Dibra was fearless to the point of recklessness. He refused to bow to Melbourne crime figure, ‘Mad Charlie’ Hegyalji and waited patiently in his front yard to shoot him dead one night as he returned home.
Dibra, the gangster wannabe, had become the real thing, and rapidly became known for his spontaneous, almost pointless, outbursts of violence.
Dino Dibra was finally murdered by his old schoolmate, Benji Veniamin, outside his home in Sunshine. He was just 25 years old.
Presented by bestselling crime author Tara Moss, this episode of TOUGH NUTS features compelling interviews with psychologists, police detectives and investigative journalists and offers a never-before-seen look at what made Dibra one of Australia’s most notorious – and tragic – underworld identities.
TOUGH NUTS 2 is produced by Bryan Cockerill at The Full Box and is exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network.
The 8 x 1 hour episodes profile the following criminals: Nikolai Radev, Stan Smith, Ray Denning, Tilly Devine, Jockey Smith, Stewart John Regan, Dino Dibra and George Freeman.