SHADES OF SLAY

De­signer glasses DNA fail

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Front Page - EMMA PAR­TRIDGE

A LUX­URY pair of Prada sun­glasses worth up to $300 has brought down a bikie killer.

The high-fash­ion Ital­ian eye­wear was knocked off the killer’s head by the vic­tim’s fa­ther as he rushed to help his son just mo­ments af­ter he was fa­tally shot. DNA found on the glasses helped con­vict 29-yearold Matthew Paul Wig­gins of mur­der­ing Co­manchero bikie Darko Janceski in Wol­lon­gong on April 2012.

A NSW Supreme Court jury heard Wig­gins wanted Janceski dead be­cause he be­lieved the bikie had as­sas­si­nated a close mate. “The sun­glasses ... were not your $15, $20 throw­away sun­glasses you’d buy at a ser­vice sta­tion,” po­lice said.

IT was a pair of Prada sun­glasses that brought a bikie killer down.

The high-fash­ion eye­wear — worth be­tween $200 and $300 — was knocked off the killer’s head by the vic­tim’s fa­ther as he rushed to help his son just mo­ments af­ter he was fa­tally shot.

DNA found on the glasses this week helped con­vict Matthew Paul Wig­gins, 29, of mur­der­ing Co­manchero bikie Darko Janceski in Wol­lon­gong on April 14, 2012.

A NSW Supreme Court jury heard Wig­gins wanted Janceski dead be­cause he be­lieved the bikie had killed his close friend, Go­ran Nikolovski.

The court heard that Janceksi’s fa­ther, Slo­bo­dan, saw his son on the ground mo­ments af­ter he was shot and charged to­ward a man about to ride away on a mo­tor­bike.

The pair fought in the street, and Mr Janceksi belted the man with a steel gar­den stake — knock­ing off the mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met and ex­pen­sive sun­glasses he was wear­ing.

Af­ter a five-week trial, Wig­gins on Wed­nes­day was found guilty of mur­der and of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm to Mr Janceski.

Slo­bo­dan Janceski told The Daily Tele­graph yes­ter­day he was “very re­lieved” and thanked Strike Force Cal­li­gan de­tec­tives and Crown prose­cu­tor Pat Bar­rett for bring­ing his son’s killer to jus­tice.

“I think any par­ent, mother or fa­ther, would have done the same as I did,” Mr Janceski said.

“He was a good friend of mine and los­ing your child — it’s like los­ing half of your life.”

The glasses left be­hind at the scene proved to be damn­ing ev­i­dence against Wig­gins. “The sun­glasses worn by the shooter were not your $15, $20 throw­away sun­glasses you’d buy at a ser­vice sta­tion but a pair of Prada sun­glasses, sim­i­lar to sun­glasses of choice of Wig­gins,” Mr Bar­rett said. “We also know that no one else ex­cept Matthew Wig­gins left a quan­tity of DNA on the sun­glasses,” he said. Wig­gins’ be­lief that Janceski — an Illawarra un­der­world fig­ure — had killed his friend Nikolovski was shared by oth­ers, in­clud­ing then na­tional Co­manchero pres­i­dent Mark Bud­dle, the court heard. Wig­gins left the scene on a Yamaha trail bike. Two days af­ter po­lice re­leased a pic­ture of a sim­i­lar bike to me­dia, the trail bike was found torched about three kilo­me­tres from the crime scene. Out­side court, NSW Homi­cide de­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor David Laid­law said: “It’s been a long ... in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, we are very happy with the out­come.” Wig­gins had his bail re­voked af­ter the ver­dict and will face a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in June.

Matthew Wig­gins (main) was found guilty of killing Darko Janceski af­ter he left DNA from his sun­glasses at the scene (be­low). Pic­ture: Richard Dob­son

Darko Janceski.

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