A Bulgarian refugee who became known as a career criminal in Melbourne Victoria.
During his life he was jailed for assault, blackmail, threats to kill, extortion, firearm offences, armed robbery and drug charges. According to police he was an enforcer for the Melbourne head of the Russian Mafia, robbing drug dealers.
Radev was shot and killed in Queen St Coburg on April 15, 2003 in a series of similar events that are commonly referred to as the Melbourne Gangland Killings.
He was shot seven times in the head and chest in front of his bodyguard after he stood out from his blackCLK 500 Mercedes Benz convertible. A third person in Nic Radev's entourage was driving a light green 2000 Toyota Camry CSI sedan parked directly in front of his Mercedes Benz near the corner of Queen & Reynard Streets, Coburg also witnessed the murder.
Police believe that his death was planned by a father and son drug manufacturing team (Carl Williams and father George), and a hitman (Andrew Veniamin) suspected of four other murders carried out the killing in a red Falcon XR6 Turbo sedan. His associates Damien Cossu and Alfonso Traglia were with Radev at the time of the murder but claimed they could not identify the gunman, and were subsequently named by police as 'persons of interest'.
Despite only having worked for eight months during the 1980s at a fish and chip shop, Radev was killed wearing Versace clothing and a $20,000 watch, and was laid to rest in a gold-plated coffin.
The Dodger - Detective Roger Rogerson
Roger Rogerson was the ol' school NSW detective who put the wind up Sydney Underworld crims with his old school policing.
He was an old fashioned style Policeman, the sort of bloke that would nail you in a second if you were a dickhead crim...
A highly decorated officer, The Dodger employed criminals such as Neddy Smith and Abo Henry and green lighted the men to commit armed robberies, receiving a 'drink' of the takings later on. Rogerson is probably best remembered for shooting Sydney criminal Warren Lanfranchi in a Sydney backstreet.
The dodger's luck finally ran out regarding a few suspect bank accounts, he was unceremoniously kicked out of the New South Wales Police Force and ended up serving many years in Sydney's Long Bay Jail.
He's currently touring with AFL legend Mark 'Jacko' Jackson on a speaking tour of Australia.
Arthur Stanley Smith was born in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital on the 27th November 1944.
At 11 years of age Neddy was sent to Mittagong Boy's home and he currently resides in Lithgow Corrections Centre in the Blue Mountains NSW where he is serving a life sentence for murder.
Neddy Smith was one hell of a street fighter, in his day's in Parramatta jail, he would spend hours in his cell each night throwing thousands of punches until they became second nature. Ned was made a medic in the jail's clinic and assisted an officer named Willy Faber who was cracked over the head with a hammer by Raymond Denning in an attempted jail break. Neddy Smith eventually met up with corrupt NSW Detective Sgt Roger Rogerson, and was 'Green lighted' to do basically any crime he wanted in Sydney with one rule... No Police officers were to be hurt.
Heroin distribution, Armed Robberies, getting charges fixed for other criminals were all in a days work. Smith was thought to be one of very few 'paper' millionaires at the time.
Was an Australian businessman, drug baron and organised crime boss whose alleged involvement involvement in the disappearance of anti-marijuana campaigner Donald Mackay and involvement in drug trafficking in the Griffith, New South Wales area, led to a Royal Commission, a Coroner's inquest and an international chase by the Australian Federal Government seeking his arrest and capture after his escape to Ireland.
Andrew was born to Greek Cypriot immigrant parents. He fathered a daughter as the result of a casual affair; she was born shortly before his own death.
Victoria Police say Veniamin was one of the most dangerous men connected to Melbourne's crime scene, and by the time of his death in 2004 they had connected him with several of Melbourne's underworld murders.
Veniamin worked at the wholesale fruit and vegetable market with Frank Benvenuto, who was killed in Beaumaris in May 2000. He was also a known associate of Dino Dibra, who was murdered at his home in October 2000, and of Paul Kallipolitis, who was shot in similar circumstances two years later. Veniamin was also close to notorious 1990's suburban drug dealers Bluey Watkins and Toofie Abudul. Abudul is now serving part of a twelve year sentence for conspiracy to murder.
Veniamin met with Nik Radev on 15 April 2003, the day Radev was murdered in Coburg. Veniamin associated with an underworld group known as The Carlton Crew and after 2003 was connected with the Williams Family, and was a close friend of Carl Williams.
Veniamin died in the La Porcella restaurant in Carlton on 23 March 2004 at around 2.30pm after being shot by former associate Mick Gatto. Gatto was charged with his murder but acquitted on self-defence grounds.
During the trial, Gatto claimed Veniamin had pulled out a .38 pistol and threatened to kill him. Gatto claims that during a struggle he was able to turn the gun around on Veniamin and fire one shot into his neck, and one shot into the eye. Gatto also claimed that during the argument, Veniamin had implicated himself in the deaths of Dino Dibra, Paul Kallipolitis and Graham Kinniburgh, he is also believed to have killed underworld figure Victor Pierce. His funeral was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sunshine, the same church where he had been an altar boy.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 35 years for ordering the murders of three people and conspiracy to murder a fourth (which was unsuccessful). On 19 April 2010, Williams died while incarcerated at Barwon Prison, after being beaten to death with part of an exercise bike by another inmate.
Williams enlisted the help of others willing to perform the contract killings in exchange for large payments of cash. At the time of his death, he was in the maximum security Acacia unit of HM Prison Barwon near Geelong. ] Williams would have been 71 before he was eligible for parole.
Williams attended Broadmeadows West Technical School, leaving in Year 11. He was married to convicted drug trafficker Roberta Williams (born 23 March 1969), with whom he had one child, Dhakota (born 10 March 2001). Williams held various labouring jobs before opening a children's clothing store in partnership with his wife, which eventually failed.
On 25 November 1999, Williams, along with his father, George and another associate, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a raid on a Broadmeadows illegal drug factory. In excess of 250,000 amphetamines and tablets were seized by police, estimated to be worth up to $20 million.
Williams, who described himself as a semi-professional gambler, was banned from the Crown Casino complex on 2 April 2004 by police commissioner Cristine Nixon under the Casino Control Act.
Melbourne gangland killings
On 13 October 1999, Williams was shot in the abdomen by Jason Moran in company with Mark Moran because he owed the Morans thousands of dollars. This event gave rise to a lengthy underworld war known popularly as the Melbourne gangland killings.
Mark Moran Mark Moran was shot on 15 June 2000 after arriving at his luxury home in Aberfeldie. Williams was due to stand trial for his murder, but the charge was dropped when he pleaded guilty to other murders.
Jason Moran Jason Moran and associate Pasquale Barbaro were shot dead sitting in Moran's car at a football club in Essendon , on 21 June 2003. Williams ordered two associates to carry out the murder. The location of the shooting was reported to be behind the Cross Keys Hotel in Strathmore, Victoria. The murder was witnessed by six children aged 6 and under.
Mark Mallia Mark Mallia was an associate of murdered underworld criminal, Nik Radev. At 8.05 am on 18 August 2003 a fire was reported in a stormwater drain in Sunshine. Fire brigade members attending to the fire recovered a wheelie bin containing the remains of a charred body inside, later identified as Mallia.
Michael Marshall Marshall was shot outside his luxury South Yarra home in front of his five-year-old son on 25 October 2003.
Lewis Moran was shot dead in the inner-city Brunswick Club on 31 March 2004. Williams pleaded guilty to his murder.
Arrest and confession On 28 February 2007, Williams pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoria to the murders of Lewis Moran, his son Jason Moran and Mark Mallia (whose name was initially suppressed by the court).
Williams also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder gangland rival Mario Condello. A suppression order prevented the media from reporting this until the day of sentencing. Under a deal with police, Williams was not charged for his alleged involvement in orchestrating the murder of Mark Moran, Jason Moran's half brother.
It was also revealed that Williams was serving a sentence of 21 years for the 2003 murder of Michael Marshall. The outcome of this trial had previously been suppressed.