Killer to face new charges
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.