SHADES OF SLAY
Designer glasses DNA fail
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