Millionaire businessman and convicted killer Ron Medich is unlikely to ever see the outside of a jail cell again after losing his appeal.
Medich has served three years of a maximum 39-year sentence for ordering the murder of his business rival Michael McGurk outside his Cremorne home in 2009.
The property developer paid $500,000 for the hit after their business relationship became toxic, with the pair fighting over millions of dollars in and out of court.https://twitter.com/KellyFedor/status/1372345573043412997
"It had led the offender to form a deep-seated hatred of Mr McGurk and provide a motive for him to want to have Mr McGurk killed," Justice Geoffrey Bellew said at sentence.
He was not on screen today as his appeal was dismissed two to one.
Justice Peter Hamill said he would have allowed the appeal against conviction and ordered a re-trial.
That decision was based in part on the evidence given by Senad Kaminic, an accessory to the murder.
Kaminic told the trial he heard a conversation between two other players, Haissam Safetli and Lucky Gatellari.
He said Safetli pointed to a pictured of Mr McGurk as he said "this man is causing you a lot of problems" and that he understood the "you" was a reference to Medich.
Kaminic agreed it was the first time he had given that evidence in seven and a half years.
"It follows that the admission of the inadmissible evidence of what Kaminic understood Safetli to mean when he told Gattellari that "[McGurk] is causing you a lot of problems" constituted a miscarriage of justice" Justice Hamill said.
Justice Hamill also found merit in two other grounds of appeal but was ultimately outnumbered.
Medich can still ask the High Court to consider his case, but at this stage he will be almost 100 years old when he's first eligible for parole.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/ron-medich-loses-appeal-court-upholds-murder-conviction/0f83f781-f542-4cb3-9743-7a90b94f9227