Michael McGurk planned to ‘expose’ accused murderer Ron Medich, court said
However, when Mr. Medich and Mr. McGurk later split up, they both attempted to use Mr. Mathieson, who had moved to Hawaii because he feared for his life, to harm himself.
In May 2009, Mr. Medich offered him a loan of $ 7 million in exchange for providing police with a statement implicating Mr. McGurk in a house fire in Point Piper.
For his part, Mr. McGurk had traveled to Honolulu to try to persuade Mr. Mathieson to be part of a scheme to rip off Mr. Medich.
Mr. Mathieson was not in court to testify. Instead, the testimony he presented at a preliminary hearing in 2013 and the statements he made to the police were read to the jury by Judge Geoff Bellew, who told the jury that he didn’t have to worry about the reasons for Mr. Mathieson’s absence.
In other evidence, criminal Robert “Bobbie” McCarthy said that in 2013 he was in Long Bay Prison with Lucky Gattellari, who was jailed for his role in organizing the murder of Mr. McGurk. .
Gattellari received a substantial reduction in his sentence in exchange for his testimony against Mr Medich, his former close friend.
The jury heard that Gattellari had arranged for McCarthy to deliver a two-page letter to Mr Medich after his release from prison in May 2013.
McCarthy said he couldn’t find Mr. Medich, so Gattellari’s brother Frank drove him to Mr. Medich’s brother Roy.
He left a note in Roy Medich’s mailbox asking him to urgently contact McCarthy. When Roy Medich called, McCarthy informed him that he wanted to have a “sit down” with Ron Medich on behalf of Gattellari.
The court heard that Gattellari, McCarthy and others had been charged with conspiracy to defraud Mr. Medich.
McCarthy’s testimony will continue on Monday.