Killer to face new charges

The West Australian - - NEWS -

An Aus­tralian kick­box­ing cham­pion con­victed and sen­tenced to death in Thai­land over the mur­der of a Hells An­gels drug boss is to be re­leased from a Bangkok jail hav­ing served less than three years.

But he is ex­pected to be re­ar­rested im­me­di­ately on a lo­cal firearms charge then for ques­tion­ing over an un­re­lated mur­der in Syd­ney.

Bag­nato was con­victed by a Thai court in 2015 of the kid­nap­ping and mur­der of Wayne Sch­nei­der dur­ing an on­go­ing in­ter­nal gang feud over the smug­gling of am­phet­a­mines to Aus­tralia. Bag­nato, Sch­nei­der’s body­guard, hired four men to kid­nap and tor­ture him and his body was found in a road­side shal­low grave out­side Pat­taya.

At the time of Sch­nei­der’s mur­der, Bag­nato was also on the run from NSW Po­lice for his al­leged in­volve­ment in mur­der­ing Bradley Dil­lon, an in­no­cent man try­ing to pay off a debt for his sis­ter, in Le­ich­hardt in Syd­ney’s in­ner west in Au­gust 2014.

Bag­nato’s death sen­tence for the Sch­nei­der mur­der was com­muted to life in jail and then re­duced again for ap­par­ent good be­hav­iour. Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties and Sch­nei­der’s fam­ily have been ap­peal­ing for months to keep him in jail. But it is un­der­stood the Thais were to re­lease Bag­nato yesterday be­fore slap­ping him with a brief pre­pared by NSW Po­lice and re­ar­rest­ing him over the mur­der of Mr Dil­lon.

Charles Mi­randa

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