Maria Car­da­mone set to plea

Alpine Observer - - News -

A WAN­GARATTA court is to­day to hear the plea of a North East woman who at­tempted to per­vert the course of jus­tice by con­spir­ing to have a key wit­ness in her son’s mur­der trial killed.

Sev­enty nine-year-old Maria Car­da­mone, of Wan­garatta and for­merly of Whorouly, will face the County Court after a hear­ing last week – in which she ap­peared by vide­olink from Corrections Vic­to­ria’s Dame Phyl­lis Frost Cen­tre – was resched­uled.

Mrs Car­da­mone has been in cus­tody since May, when it was al­leged in Wan­garatta Mag­is­trates’ Court that she had planned to pay a ‘hit man’ $25,000 to kill a man who had be­come a crown wit­ness in a mur­der case against her son, Michael Car­da­mone.

The lat­ter has sub­se­quently been sen­tenced by Supreme Court Jus­tice Lex Lasry to life with­out pa­role for the Jan­uary 2016 mur­der of Whorouly mother-of-two and Wan­garatta Ru­ral City coun­cil em­ployee Karen Chet­cuti.

Jus­tice Lasry also sen­tenced Michael Car­da­mone to eight years in jail for con­spir­ing to mur­der the crown wit­ness – Myrtle­ford man Ed­ward Ge­orge.

The sen­tence is ef­fec­tively be­ing served con­cur­rently.

Mrs Car­da­mone early in Au­gust pleaded guilty to a charge of at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

An im­pact state­ment from Mr Ge­orge is ex­pected to be among sub­mis­sions to the court.

Judge Ger­ard Mul­laly told the County Court last week that he could not un­der­stand why Mrs Car­da­mone’s case was not be­ing heard by the Supreme Court.

Bar­ris­ter Robert Stary, de­fend­ing Mrs Car­da­mone, said his client had asked for an Ital­ian in­ter­preter to help her dur­ing this week’s pro­ceed­ings.

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