Maria Cardamone set to plea
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.