Gangland killer Carl Williams has been bashed to death in his high security prison in Victoria.
Carl Williams was at the centre of the story of the first series of Underbelly which aired on Nine two years ago except in Victoria due to pending court matters. The story so far has dominated the news coverage in the 4.30 News on both Seven and Nine, and of course, heads Ten’s 5pm News today (April 19). Nine tonight will air a special called Carl Williams: The Baby Faced Killer at 8.30pm (Monday, April 19), meaning the Mentalist is out for this week (long time to wait between new Mentalist episodes now).
Police say they believe Williams suffered serious head injuries after allegedly being struck about the head in an altercation with another inmate about 12.50pm (AEDT) on Monday (April 19).
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said Williams went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived.
A man is in custody, police said, and homicide squad detectives are at the prison.
Williams, 39, was serving life imprisonment in Barwon’s maximum security Acacia unit with a non-parole period of 35 years after pleading guilty to ordering the murders of three underworld rivals and the failed conspiracy to murder lawyer Mario Condello.
He was found guilty in 2007 of murdering underworld figures Jason Moran, Lewis Moran and Michael Marshall.
He had also been convicted of killing drug trafficker Mark Mallia and on multiple charges of drugs trafficking.
Williams’ lawyer Rob Stary said he spoke to Williams about 9am (AEST) on Monday about an article in a News Ltd newspaper, which reported that Victoria Police have paid $8000 to allow his daughter to attend a top private school.
Mr Stary said he and Williams talked “about how disturbed we were that material was being leaked to the press”.
“Of course he was (upset),” he told AAP.
“It exposes his daughter to risk. Of course he was concerned about that. He was not concerned about his own wellbeing, he was concerned about her.
“I just hope that justice prevails.”
He said he did not know the circumstances of Williams’ death.
Williams was held in solitary confinement at the Acacia Unit and the only time he came into contact with other prisoners was when he exercised, Mr Stary said.
Inmates were permitted to exercise in the company of another prisoner but under strict supervision, Mr Stary said.
Underworld figure Mick Gatto said he had heard unconfirmed rumours about Williams having died but said that was all he had heard.
“I would rather let dead dogs lie,” he told AAP.
“If you hear any more let me know but I would rather not comment on him.”
He said Williams was “certainly not” a friend.
Williams had one child with his ex-wife Roberta Williams, a convicted drug trafficker.
Williams’ father George was released from prison in June 2009 after serving a sentence for drug trafficking, while his mother Barbara was found dead in 2009 after an apparent overdose.
Williams’ life of crime started with a 1990 conviction for possession of stolen goods, for which he received a $400 fine.
His hatred for the Moran family was ignited in October 1999 when he was shot in the stomach by Jason Moran over a debt.
Williams made it his obsession to seek revenge on the Morans, escalating Melbourne’s bloody gangland war.
Jason Moran was shot dead while sitting in a car at a children’s football clinic in June 2003. His father Lewis was gunned down on Williams’ orders in March 2004 in an inner suburban Melbourne club.
Source: Yahoo News.