Joe Bruno on the Mob – Jury watches Carl Williams die


The article below shows you can get to an informant, even if he’s in jail.

First of all the victim, convicted murderer and all around bad guy Carl Williams, was not someone any level-headed person would shed any tears over. Williams was an inmate at Barwon Prison in Australia, serving a life sentence for the murders of Lewis Moran, Michael Marshall, Jason Moran and Mark Mallia, and conspiracy to murder Mario Condello.

Williams decided to become a snitch, not against his underworlds pals, but against certain Australian cops, whom Williams accused of police corruption. The fact that Williams had become a rat was in all the local Australian newspapers, and in fact, Williams was reading the accounts of his exploits in the Herald Sun when he was killed. The reason Williams said he decided to talk was because the state said they would pay his daughter’s school fees in exchange for the information he could provide against the crooked cops.

Apparently, Williams big mistake was, not only becoming a snitch, but telling fellow inmate Matthew Charles Johnson that what he was doing was justified, because he was not ratting on fellow criminals, but in fact, on cops, who are the natural born enemies of guys like Williams and Johnson.

On April 19, 2010, Johnson snuck up behind Williams and caved William’s skull in with long metal stem of an exercise bike. At the time, Williams was sitting in the day room of the high-security Acacia Unit of Barwon Prison. Williams was now quite dead, and Johnson was arrested soon after, since the murder was caught on camera.

Johnson is presently on trial, and he’s claiming self defense, saying it was a case of “kill or be killed.” Johnson said he was told the day before he killed Williams, by fellow inmate Tommy Ivanovic, that Williams was going to kill him by bashing his head in with pool balls wrapped in a sock.

All this sounds a little fishy to me. Sure, Johnson killed Williams, but it all seemed so easy to do. And Johnson did it on camera. I have the feeling that maybe Williams testifying against police officers may have something to do with his death. Police officers and prison guards are cut from the same cloth.

Wasn’t someone, like a prison guard, supposed to be monitoring the cameras in the room where Williams was killed, while he was being killed? But nobody made a move to check on Williams until almost a half hour after Williams was bludgeoned. And the prison guards who did discover Williams’ body did so only after they were notified by other inmates that Williams had “hit his head.”

Like I said, this all sounds a little fishy to me.

The article below can be viewed at:

Jury watches Carl Williams die. ‘It’s real. It’s not TV. It’s not a movie.’

Andrea Petrie
September 7, 2011

CONVICTED gangland murderer Carl Williams sits alone with his head resting on his right hand in the day room of the high-security Acacia Unit, serving his life sentence at Barwon Prison.

Seated at a table in the centre of the sunlit room, surrounded by exercise equipment including a treadmill and weights station, he leafs through the pages of the Herald Sun. He is the page 1 story – telling how the state would pay his daughter’s school fees in exchange for information.

He has his back to the open door of his cell, alongside a walkway to elsewhere within the prison block.

The defence argues Matthew Charles Johnson killed Carl Williams out of necessity – a case of ‘kill or be killed’.

One of the two fellow inmates with whom he shares Unit 1, Tommy Ivanovic, is seen pottering around the recreation room before his other cellmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, appears in the background.

After leaving the room for just under a minute, Johnson re-appears, holding a metre-long metal stem of an exercise bike.

Williams, who has his back to Johnson as he approaches, remains unaware of his presence. Or of Johnson’s intentions.

Then, following a forceful blow with the bike part to the right side of his head, Williams drops to the floor, face first. Johnson strikes him another seven times to the head.

As Williams lies motionless behind the table, Johnson places a white towel over his bloodied, motionless body. He leaves the room, taking the metal pole with him.

When he returns, he grabs Williams by the ankles and drags his limp body into his empty, dark cell. He closes the door and places the towel over a pool of blood that remains where the attack had taken place. Then he walks away.

Lasting two minutes and 50 seconds, this was the silent footage the jury in Johnson’s Supreme Court murder trial saw yesterday, depicting how the notorious 39-year-old murderer and drug dealer died on April 19 last year.

Prosecutor Mark Rochford, SC, warned the eight women and seven men – three extra, which will be cut to 12 – about its graphic content: ”It’s real. It’s not TV. It’s not a movie. It is expected that you will have some sort of emotional reaction to it.

”Mr Williams died as a result of the infliction of these blows,” he said, raising the bike part and tapping it on the bar table in front of him.

”You’ll see this, you’ll feel this for yourself …You’ll feel the weight, the heaviness. You’ll see how it is quite an ideal weapon.

”The Crown case is that this was a deliberate, intentional killing done with the requisite intent to kill or do really serious injury, and done without lawful justification or excuse.”

The court heard that Williams was co-operating with investigators in a specialist taskforce about police corruption.

Mr Rochford said Williams’s father, George, would testify that ”Johnson did not like people who gave evidence against others, but Carl Williams felt he was able to explain and reassure Johnson about why he was giving evidence, and justify his actions because it was connected to police corruption”.

The jury heard Carl Williams’s statements had been included in a police brief of evidence against defendants at the centre of an investigation.

George Williams would testify that Johnson’s attitude towards Williams’s co-operation with police changed after the second meeting his son had with police – outside the prison in February 2010, Mr Rochford said.

Williams kept Johnson and Ivanovic informed about what

he was speaking to investigators about, the court heard.

On the morning of his death Williams spoke to his barrister, who Mr Rochford said would testify that his client did not mention the Herald Sun article or any concern about Johnson or Ivanovic.

He said the barrister would give evidence that Williams was concerned if prison staff knew about him leaving prison to talk to police, and how the media were receiving information.

At 12.48pm he was attacked. After dragging Williams into his cell, Johnson and Ivanovic walked laps of the exercise yard, entering the day room a number of times, Mr Rochford said.

About 1.15pm they approached a prison officer and told her she should press her panic alarm because Williams had ”hit his head”.

”Several prison officers approach the unit, they enter, they locate Carl Williams in his individual cell number 2 with extensive head injuries,” he said.

Williams could not be revived.

Mr Rochford said that when Johnson was interviewed by homicide detectives, he was tight-lipped. But he told them: ”I acted alone.”

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to murder. His defence lawyer, Bill Stuart, said he had killed Williams in self-defence.

”You will learn during the course of this trial that there are in fact two sides to Carl Williams. The round-faced, cherubic, smiling-faced man, a family man, and on the other hand, his business side,” Mr Stuart said.

”His family side, you will learn, was notable for his love and devotion to those close to him. His business side was one of utter ruthlessness. He called the shots, when he was out of jail and when he was in jail.”

The jury heard that Williams was serving a life term for the murders of Lewis Moran, Michael Marshall, Jason Moran and Mark Mallia, and conspiracy to murder Mario Condello.

Mr Stuart said a critical question for the jury was how Williams reacted in the past to perceived threats. ”The answer … is that he had others kill the threat. He employed assassins.”

Mr Stuart said that on the day before the killing, Ivanovic had told Johnson that Williams was going to kill him [Johnson] ”by bashing his head in with pool [billiard] balls in a sock”.

”For Matthew Johnson, as you will hear, it was a case of kill or be killed. There could be … no running from Carl Williams. There could be no hiding.”

The trial continues.


2 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Jury watches Carl Williams die”

  1. Everyone including the prosecution has it all wrong Carl Williams murder was planned by Gatto and Judy Moran this is why Judy Moran end up in jail as a cover up by taking out the only moran left Des Tupper Moran who would not revenge his brothers death or her sons with Gatto fearing his life was next it was the greatest sensual plan every under taken get Judy inside prision and then have Williams own cell mate take him out,

    It was like Brian Kanes Death by the very people who took out his Brothers via corrupt police to cover up their involvement in Les Kane death and Donlad Mackay’s.

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