Williams (b. October 13, 1970)
is an Australian convicted hitman, drug trafficker and
drug manufacturer from Melbourne, Victoria.
Williams is currently serving a life
prison sentence with a non-parole period of 35 years for
the murders of four victims of the Melbourne gangland
killings. He is currently in the maximum security unit
of HM Prison Barwon. Carl Williams is divorced from
Roberta Mercieca (born 1969) and they have one daughter
to Gangland war
On October 13, 1999, Williams was
alleged to have been shot in the abdomen on his 29th
birthday by Jason Moran during an argument in Gladstone
Park. This event gave rise to a lengthy violent turf war
known popularly as the Melbourne gangland killings.
On 28 February 2007, the 36-year-old
Williams pleaded guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court
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.
Jason Moran and associate Pasquale
Barbaro were shot dead sitting in a car watching a
children's football clinic in Essendon in June 2003. The
location of the shooting was reported to be behind the
Cross Keys Hotel in Strathmore, Victoria. Lewis Moran
was shot dead in the inner-city Brunswick Club on March
It was also revealed that Williams is
currently serving a sentence of 21 years for the 2003
murder of Michael Marshall. Marshall was shot outside
his South Yarra home in front of his five-year-old son
on October 25, 2003. The outcome of this trial had been
On 7 May 2007, Williams was sentenced
to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years for
the murder of three underworld rivals - Jason Moran,
Lewis Moran and Mark Mallia - and a failed conspiracy to
kill Mario Condello. Williams will be 71 before he is
eligible for parole.
Carl Williams was portrayed by Gyton
Grantley in 2008 in a TV series on Channel Nine in
Australia called Underbelly. The series was loosely
based on the events surrounding the Melbourne gangland
wars from 1995 to 2004.
On the 14th May 2008, the Melbourne
Herald Sun reported that Carl Williams was operating a
Facebook page (with the assistance of his ex-wife
Roberta Williams). This was widely duplicated by other
media outlets, and his active friends on Facebook went
from approx 1,000 @ 6pm (14/05/08), to approximately
2,500 by midnight (14/05/08). As of the 15th May 2008,
Carl's facebook account has been removed.
There are now other media reports
that Carl's known associates Tony Mokbel and Mick Gatto
apparently also have Facebook accounts, which are
attracting a growing fan base. Williams new Facebook
profile was up and running minutes after being disabled.
As of the 19th May 2008 Williams' new profile boasted
over 3,000 friends. His Myspace profile also has around
Carl Anthony Williams (13 October 1970 – 19
April 2010) was a convicted murderer and drug trafficker from the
Australian state of Victoria. He was the central figure in the Melbourne
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, while incarcerated at Barwon Prison, Williams was 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. Williams spent
much of his childhood in Western Melbourne with his
friends and old brother Shane who died of a drug
overdose in 1997. He was married to convicted drug
trafficker Roberta Williams (born 23 March 1969), with
whom he had one child, born 10 March 2001. Williams held
various labouring jobs before opening a children's
clothing store in partnership with his wife, which
eventually failed. Williams' mother Barbara was found
dead in her Melbourne home on 22 November 2008. She had
been suffering from depression.
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 amphetamine 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 Christine Nixon under the Casino Control Act.
Melbourne gangland killings
On 13 October 1999, Williams was shot
in the abdomen by Jason 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. In 2002 after meeting through a mutual friend
Tony Mokbel, Carl Williams would court the services of
the murderer Andrew Veniamin as his right hand man until
Mark Moran was shot
on 15 June 2000 after arriving at his 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 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 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.
Marshall was shot outside his
luxury South Yarra home in front of his five-year-old son on 25 October
Lewis Moran was shot dead in the
inner-city Brunswick Club on 31 March 2004. Williams pleaded guilty to
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
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.
On 19 April 2010 News Limited newspapers including
the Herald Sun revealed that Victoria Police are paying $8000 in
school fees for Williams' daughter. The reason for the payment has not
been disclosed. Williams' lawyer Rob Stary said Williams was upset about
the publication of the story.
There was speculation that the police may have agreed
to pay the school fees in exchange for information, and that publication
of the story may have led to Williams' death. The Herald Sun has
defended its publication of the story.
On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury
while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. It is alleged that he was struck
with part of an exercise bike by another inmate—Matthew Charles Johnson—
who has since been charged with murder.
Williams' funeral was held on 30 April 2010 at St
Therese's Catholic Church in Essendon. In January 2011 it was reported
that William's resting place had still not received a headstone and
consisted of a nameless plot.
Crunch time for Williams
May 7, 2007
CARL Williams spent years
successfully avoiding an assassin's bullet only to slowly commit legal
suicide in a series of bizarre courtroom acts. It will culminate today
when he is sentenced in a specially secured Supreme Court by Justice
killer turned his back on a sweet legal deal after ignoring his lawyer's
advice to shut up in court and at least pretend to be sorry for
launching a bloody vendetta that cost more than a dozen lives.
to plead guilty to the murders of Mark Mallia (August 2003), Jason Moran
(June 2003) and Lewis Moran (March 2004). He had previously been found
guilty of the murder of Michael Marshall who was shot dead outside his
Toorak home in October 2003.
In agreeing to
plead guilty, Williams cut a deal that literally meant he got away with
murder. Police say he killed Mark Moran (June 2000) and was involved in
the murders of Willie Thompson (July 2003), Nik Radev (April 2003),
Victor Peirce (May 2002). He was directly responsible for the death of
Pasquale Barbaro who was accidentally shot dead by one of Williams'
hitmen while murdering Jason Moran.
Williams is also
suspected of ordering the murder of Graeme Kinniburgh who was shot dead
outside his Kew home in December 2003 and being connected with several
more gangland killings.
frightened and self-deluded, the man who called himself "The Premier" —
because "I run this f---ing state" — was stopped only when arrested by
the Purana gangland taskforce in May 2004.
He survived and
prospered by surrounding himself with a gang of soldiers whose loyalty
he won with a combination of drugs, money, power and women.
But once inside,
key men wavered. Williams forgot to look after some of his men, leaving
one hitman to battle through a murder trial on legal aide while he was
defended by a Queen's Counsel.
One by one they
broke the code of silence and became prosecution witnesses. Key members
of the Williams' camp crossed the floor leaving the Premier without the
numbers to survive.
So why then did
the prosecution accept a plea and do a deal with the multiple killer?
Why didn't they convict him again and again for the murders he
Because it would
have taken up to 10 years and cost millions of dollars. It would also
have given Williams the public platform and the media attention he
craves. By locking him away they condemn him to — as he has declared
himself — a life of Groundhog Day.
made noises that he might be prepared to do a deal as early as November
last year. He implied he had information that could help crack the
murders of police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine, who
were shot dead in their Kew home in May 2004.
believe rogue police were responsible for the double murder so if
Williams could have provided information he would have been able to
demand a savage discount on his sentence.
But he was
teasing. If Williams knew anything about the double murder, he wasn't
to plead guilty, Williams sent his now-estranged wife, Roberta, to see
Mick Gatto — a man he once wanted to kill. Gatto was a friend of the
Morans, and Williams always feared the former heavyweight boxer would
launch a savage counter-attack. Gatto shot dead one of Williams' gunmen,
Andrew Veniamin, in a Carlton restaurant in March 2004. He was acquitted
on the grounds of self defence.
told Gatto her husband was on the verge of cutting a deal but would not
be talking to police about the Carlton identity. Gatto told her he
didn't care as he had nothing to hide.
During the long
pre-trial process before Williams' was due to face the court for
murdering Jason Moran and Pasquale Barbaro, his lawyers asked Justice
King if he pleaded guilty, would the sentence be "crushing". While no
promises were made they were told Williams could expect to see some
light at the end of the tunnel.
Justice King was
talking through hard legal precedent. The former hard-hitting prosecutor
and senior member of the National Crime Authority was well aware of the
case law surrounding guilty pleas.
Denyer is a serial killer who stalked and murdered three women in
Frankston in 1993. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life with no
minimum by Supreme Court Justice Frank Vincent, but on appeal he was
given a minimum of 30 years on the grounds that should receive a
discount because of his guilty plea.
Camilleri, who killed two Bega schoolgirls in 1997, pleaded not guilty
and was given life with no minimum. His partner, Lindsay Hoani Beckett,
pleaded guilty and received a minimum of 35 years.
knew that if Williams pleaded guilty she would be required to set a
minimum sentence. The maximum of life was never in doubt.
Williams said he
wanted a sentence that would give him some chance of getting out by the
age of 70. Purana police said they would push for a lighter sentence if
he was prepared to become a witness in subsequent trials.
They wanted him
to turn on his former role model, multimillionaire drug boss Tony Mokbel,
who fled Australia in March last year.
Williams to organise murders — including the hit on Michael Marshall.
While the case against Mokbel is compelling, Williams' testimony would
make it bulletproof.
may be many things, he remains an old-school crook who believes in the
code of silence.
underworld war began when he was shot in the stomach by half brothers
Mark and Jason Moran in 1999. Even back then he refused to tell police
who shot him.
After he decided
to plead guilty he made one statement to detectives. It is a
self-serving, rambling document that talks of corruption with few facts
and has been judged to be of no evidentiary value.
So without a
promise to become a Crown witness, Williams' negotiating position was
weakened. The final deal struck was that prosecutors would not demand a
crushing sentence and would not oppose a move for Williams' father,
George, to receive a suspended sentence for pending drug charges.
sentencing was to be left to Justice King without the prosecution
lobbying for the longest jail term possible.
finally agreed to the deal on February 28 — just days before the jury
was to be selected — the prison van taking him back to jail was called
back so the papers could be signed and the plea formally entered before
he changed his mind again.
In the minutes
before the court was convened his mother, Barbara, urged him to abandon
the deal and take his chances before a jury. With the open and shut case
against him, it was virtually certain he would have been convicted and
given life with no minimum.
Once he pleaded,
the rest should have been easy. He was to attend court for a public
showing of mea culpa. He was to sit behind glass with a sad face and cow
eyes as his lawyers said he was sorry. They would say he thought the
Moran family were out to kill him; that he would leave jail as an old
man and would miss seeing his daughter Dhakota grow into an adult; and,
that he should receive a hefty discount because of his remorse.
legal advice Carl Williams insisted on giving evidence.
For just about
an hour he gave ridiculous evidence contradicting known facts. He denied
ever being paid money for the Marshall hit by Mokbel and tried to
discredit Crown witnesses who will give evidence against some of his
prosecutor Geoff Horgan SC had to tear strips off Williams in a
90-minute cross-examination to protect the integrity of future Crown
cases. Certainly Justice King questioned whether Williams was showing
any remorse for his actions.
the court smiling. His lawyers weren't. But the self-confessed killer
was fully aware that his two hours in the sun will probably cost him
years in a dark cell. He told friends later he was "proud" of his
He will serve
his sentence with prisoners who will know he didn't dob in anyone to
Williams is not
a stupid man. A psychiatric report declares him of "high average
intelligence". He is not mentally ill. The report declares him to be
broadly normal. But he is a man who loved being a gangster. He plotted
revenge against the Morans after he was shot and then felt he had to
keep killing anyone connected with them to remain alive. It was always
going to end with him dead or in jail for most of his life.
likely to attend today's sentencing will be Judy Moran, whose estranged
husband Lewis and sons Jason and Mark were killed either by, or on the
orders of Carl Williams.
She has been
calling for an indefinite sentence for Williams and the reintroduction
of the death penalty. Mrs Moran fails to mention the underworld war was
started when her drug-dealing sons shot Williams in 1999.
She also failed
to lobby for capital punishment when Jason Moran was accused of the 1998
murder of gangster Alphonse Gangitano.
will be many members of the Purana taskforce — men and women who were
repeatedly told by politicians and media commentators that they would
never solve the gangland murders because they would not break the code
parents, Barbara and George, who often wears his favourite brown
moccasins to court, are expected to attend. They have stood by their son
through all his many court dates.
So where to for
excitement of the sentencing he will return to the maximum security
Acacia Unit in Barwon prison where he socialises with a few loyal
He will look
forward with interest as to how he will be portrayed in a 13-part docu-drama
to be filmed later this year. His role has yet to be cast although actor
Shane Jacobson — star of the movie Kenny — has been mentioned as a
sentence will help prison officers control him. If he behaves badly in
jail his eventual parole would be threatened leaving him facing life in
jail. Prison officers say indefinite sentences destroy inmates because
the dream of release is taken from them.
threats die down Williams will be transferred to the mainstream and if
he behaves, he will eventually move to a more comfortable jail.
But he will
always be a name. As he gets older and physically weaker he will become
a target. Even the toughest long-term inmates end up being at risk of
being bashed or stabbed.
Sometime in the
future a violent young offender may attack him just for the bragging
As the years
pass, he will become institutionalised. His wife Roberta will have moved
on, his parents will have passed away, his daughter grown up and the
glamorous blonde Renata Laureano, who pops in to jail to visit him, may
have moved on.
may have got away with murder but there is one thing no one can beat —
time. It eventually wounds all heels.
Williams in parting shot at judge
May 7, 2007
▪ Minimum 35-year jail term
▪ Maximum term of life imprisonment
▪ Due for release in 2042 — at earliest
Notorious underworld killer Carl Williams today
lambasted from the dock the judge who jailed him for 35 years for what
she called the "cowardly" murder of three rivals in Melbourne's bloody
Justice Betty King handed down the sentence in a special
sitting of the Supreme Court at Melbourne's County Court, with
baby-faced killer Williams appearing to smirk when the 35-year minimum
term was announced.
As the court adjourned, Williams said: "I have something
Holding a clipboard, he told Justice King: "I expected
nothing better of you. You are not a judge. You are only a puppet of the
police. You are a puppet for Purana."
Justice King then asked for Williams to be removed, at
which point he yelled: "Ah, get f***ed."
Williams' mother Barbara then repeated his claims to the
"You're not a judge, you don't deserve your wig and
gown," Mrs Williams told Justice King said as she was leaving the
Life behind bars
Today's sentence means the 36-year-old will be behind
bars until he is 71.
Justice King said life imprisonment was the only
In February, Williams pleaded guilty to the murders of
Mark Mallia (August 2003), Jason Moran (June 2003) and Lewis Moran
(March 2004). He had previously been found guilty of the murder of
Michael Marshall, who was shot dead outside his Toorak home in October
The murders occurred at the height of Melbourne's
notorious gangland war that raged between 1998 and 2006, leaving 27
'Not a hero'
Justice King said there "are no other appropriate
penalties for crimes of this nature, gangland executions carried out on
the streets of Melbourne, in the presence of frightened men, women and
She noted that Williams appeared to enjoy his notoriety,
giving interviews and making statements outside court
Justice King expressed concern that he would become a
"hero" to some people in the community.
"You are not," she said. "You are a killer and a
cowardly one who employed others to do the actual killing, whilst you
hid behind carefully constructed alibis.''
"You should not be the subject of admiration by any
member of our community."
She said he arranged for others to do the killing and
alibis to protect himself, describing him as a "puppet master" who
decided whether people lived or died.
"I find that you were the leader of the gang," Justice
King told him, adding that he was "at the top of the chain of command".
Justice King acknowledged that many of Williams' victims
were engaged in criminal activity, but said it was just as unacceptable
to kill criminals as it was to kill any other person.
"You do not get to be judge, jury and executioner.
"These were not vigilante killings, they were matters of
expediency to you.
"You acted as though it was your right ot have these
She said he was the "counsellor and procurer" of the
three murders, a
"more heinous" role than that of the killer himself.
He bore "the highest level of criminality".
imposed a life sentence for each of three murders and a 25-year sentence
for conspiracy to murder gangland rival Mario Condello.
She said his
crimes would normally require a sentence of life imprisonment with no
minimum term, but he deserved a discount on his sentence because his
guilty plea had saved up to 10 years of the court's time and countless
amounts of money.
discount was appropriate to encourage such pleas.
demonstrated "no real remorse", she said.
uttered words of remorse in response to questions asked of you by your
counsel but I find that you have no real or genuine remorse for the
victims of your crimes, only remorse that you have been caught and lost
him as a "most unsatisfactory witness, virtually incapable of telling
said his testimony was designed to provide no evidence against people
who were not already dead or convicted.
The manner of
his giving evidence was "arrogant" and "almost supercilious".
"You left me
with a strong impression that your view of all these murders was that
they were all really justifiable and you were the real victim, having
been 'forced' to admit at least some of your involvement, by the
statements of other members of your group who had co-operated with
'Extraordinary' killing spree
close to 90 minutes, in which Justice King went through the offences
one-by-one and summarised each crime.
She said the
killings "engendered fear" in the community and created the perception
that Victoria had been plunged into a state of lawlessness.
said the three murders took place during an "extraordinary" period in
Melbourne's crime history.
She said it was
a time when an almost unprecedented level of very public murders of
known and suspected criminals occurred.
said she would like to publicly acknowledge those involved in the case
for coming to a sensible resolution.
earlier pleaded guilty to murdering gangland figure Lewis Moran, his son
Jason Moran and another underworld figure Mark Mallia.
He is already
serving 21 years for the murder of Michael Marshall, who was gunned down
outside his South Yarra home in front of his five-year-old son on
October 23, 2003.
were a major breakthrough in Victoria Police's Purana Taskforce probe
into eight years of blood-letting.
Lewis Moran, 58,
was shot dead in the inner-city Brunswick Club on March 31, 2004.
His son Jason,
36, was shot dead as he sat in a car watching a children's football
clinic in Essendon in June 2003.
corpse was found in a drain in Sunshine, in Melbourne's west, in August
plea deal, outstanding charges against him over the murders of Jason
Moran's stepbrother Mark Moran and Jason's bodyguard Pasquale Barbaro
will not proceed.
pre-sentence hearing last week, Williams' barrister David Ross QC told
the court there should be a minimum term fixed for his client.
Mr Ross asked
the court to take into consideration Williams' guilty plea and that it
had saved the courts and community millions of dollars in the cost of
"We say there
should be a minimum term fixed,'' Mr Ross said.
"That is, he
should not leave prison in a box, that he should be able to walk out at
with Selma Milovanovic, AAP
How the Carl
Williams story unfolded
It has been
almost eight years since Melbourne's underworld war erupted with gunfire
in a suburban park.
Brothers Jason and Mark Moran lure Carl Williams to an outer suburban
Melbourne park where Jason shoots Williams in the stomach over a drug
Moran, 36, is shot dead outside his Essendon home while sitting in his
Moran, 36, and his associate Pasquale Barbaro, 40, shot dead in the
front seat of a van while watching a children's football clinic in
OCTOBER: Hot dog
vender and kick boxer Michael Marshall, gunned down outside his South
Yarra home in front of his five-year-old son.
is charged with the murder of Jason Moran, Pasquale Barbaro and Michael
Williams is sentenced to seven years' jail after pleading guilty to drug
His wife Roberta
Williams was sentenced to a minimum six months in jail after being
sentenced on a related drugs charge.
Williams charged with one count of trafficking a commercial quantity of
amphetamines between December 2000 and June 2002 and six counts of
dealing with the proceeds of crime totalling $46,600 cash.
Charged with murdering Mark Moran.
Victorian Supreme Court jury finds Williams guilty of the murder of
MARCH: A close
Williams ally is sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 23
years after pleading guilty to the murder of Michael Marshall, Jason
Moran and Pasquale Barbaro.
He told police
he was the gunman in all three murders and Williams asked him to kill
Jason Moran as revenge over the 1999 shooting.
He said Tony
Mokbel asked him and Carl Williams to kill Marshall as revenge for
another underworld killing.
close Williams ally pleads guilty to the murder of Jason Moran and
indicates to police he is prepared to assist them in Williams' trial and
Williams is sentenced to 27 years jail, with a minimum term of 21 years
for the murder of Michael Marshall.
A few hours
later he is charged with the murder of Mark Mallia, whose remains were
found in a wheelie bin dumped in a drain at the back of a soccer club in
Melbourne's west in August, 2003.
Carl Williams is charged with the murder of Lewis Moran - father to
Jason and stepfather to Mark - who was killed in the inner-city
Brunswick Club on March 31, 2004.
FEBRUARY 28: In
a major breakthrough in Melbourne's underworld war, Carl Williams pleads
guilty to the murder of Jason Moran, Lewis Moran and Mark Mallia.
announces other charges against him would not proceed - including the
murder of Mark Moran.
MAY 7: Williams is sentenced to life in jail with a minimum of 35 years
before he is eligible for parole.