Ac­cused’s new twist on Tri­ads

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - JANET FIFE-YEOMANS

A FORMER restau­ra­teur ac­cused of or­gan­is­ing the mur­der of his brother-in-law has told a jury that the Wool­lahra doc­tor was in­volved with the Tri­ads or­gan­ised crime gangs. Mark Ca­leo, 55, has de­nied or­der­ing the mur­der of his wife, Rita Ca­leo, in 1990 and her brother, Dr Michael Chye, in 1989. He told the Supreme Court yes­ter­day that Dr Chye, who was shot dead in the garage of his Wool­lahra home, was a “pa­thetic gam­bler” who treated crim­i­nals for cash at his surgery and had lots of en­e­mies and debts.

Ca­leo at first told the jury he was re­luc­tant to talk about his brother-in-law’s past.

Then later in his de­fence, Ca­leo said: “Michael ... said that he was in­volved with the Tri­ads.”

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Mar­garet Cunneen SC said: “A boy who went to Chatswood High School in the ’70s and stud­ied medicine here?”

Ca­leo replied: “Yes ... quite of­ten he would come to us and let us know that his life was in dan­ger.”

Dr Chye had bought a $3 mil­lion wa­ter­front Blake­hurst es­tate from Dr Ameen Bham and then sold it at auc­tion to Mark Ca­leo in 1989.

The Crown al­leges that Ca­leo had Dr Chye killed af­ter that real es­tate deal went wrong. The trial be­fore Jus­tice Robert Hulme con­tin­ues.

Mark Ca­leo.

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