Judy Moran goes to jail for conspiracy to murder her brother-in-law
EVEN the serial killer Carl Williams was content to let Des Moran live. Unfortunately for Des ( also known as Tuppence), his sisterin-law Judy Moran was not.
Williams, a man described by the judge who sentenced him as Australia’s worst serial killer, had every Moran on his hit list – including Judy.
Firsthe had Tuppe nce’s nephew Mark knocked off in 2000.
He then put out a contract on Mark’s brother Jason who was brutally executed in the front of a carload of kids in 2003.
Williams later paid $ 150,000 to have Jason’s father Lewis murdered as he had a beer with a mate in a suburban Melbourne pub in 2004.
But when it came to completing the set by killing the relatively inoffensive Tuppence, the man almost certainly behind 10 of Melbourne’s underworld murders couldn’t be bothered.
As it turned out, he didn’t need to be.
The endangered Moran clan was made extinct from the inside by a woman who cooked Tuppence the occasional dinner and who had hated him from the day they met.
Moran was convicted yesterday for her leading role in a criminal conspiracy to murder the man she referred to throughout her trial, seemingly with affection, as ‘‘ Tuppy’’.
The jury accepted the evidence of another of the accused that she had rewarded trigger man Geoffrey Armour for his part in a plot she had organised and had driven the getaway car.
Moran’s defence team claimed that at the time of the murder she had been at the grave of her first son, Mark, who was mur- dered on the years earlier.
Her lawyer Bill Stuart also made the seemingly relevant point that the last thing she would have wanted was another Moran murder.
Moran came to court each day with much the same attitude as when attending the trials of those who murdered her children and husband – like a lady on her way to lunch with friends.
But 19 months in jail had taken a toll.
The former showgirl who had lost two husbands and two sons to gangsters’ bullets had the air of a woman of substance who had fallen on hard times.
The wardrobe of a woman who admitted during her trial that she was ‘‘ a bit naughty when it comes to clothes’’ had gone from Versace to items less splendid from the big ladies’ shop.
A piece of testimony she gave during her evidence-in-chief demonstrated the difficulty she seemed to have in accepting her altered situation.
It came as her lawyer showed her the pink woollen hat and red sweater she allegedly wore as she drove to and from the murder scene.
‘‘ I would never wear that pink with red,’’ she said.
The murder of Tuppence Moran revealed yet again the almost incestuous closeness of Melbourne’s gangland.
It is generally accepted that the warbegan w ith Alphonse Gangitano’s murder in the laundry of his home in January 1998.
No one was charged over his death, although it was accepted by the coroner that Jason Moran and Graham Kinniburgh had been in his home on the night.
Moran and Kinniburgh later joined the death list.
nine CONVICTED: Judy Moran leaves the Supreme Court after she is found guilty of
murder and INSET: Des ‘‘ Tuppence’’ Moran