The innocent elderly gentleman killed by that dickhead yesterday, is MELBOURNE LEGEND
He was 74 year old Melbourne cafe owner Sisto Malaspina .
PELLIGRINI'S......IS A LEGENDARY PLACE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,best real Italian bistro, the minestrone is to die for
Malaspina was the owner of Pellegrini’s, a mainstay of Melbourne’s cafe culture. Malaspina has owned the cafe since 1974 with his business partner Nino Pangrazio and was one of the first venues in the city to install an espresso machine.
(and my Dad was there lining up for the first espressos)
If you have been to Melbourne, you have to visit and enjoy sitting at the bar
I used to buy my coffee there when I worked in exhibition street. Sisto used to roll his eyes whenever I ordered because back then I was drinking decaf. He thought it was super dumb but they still kept it in the store. Poor Sisto. The world is a bit mad sometimes. Hopefully he can Rest In Peace.
Gangsters, cops and Lawyer X: the police informant scandal that has shocked Australia
Athens police escort Australian gangland figure Tony Mokbel outside court in 2007. Mokbel used Lawyer X until he skipped trial in 2006 and fled to Greece. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
‘Appalling’ breach of duty castigated and 22 criminals may challenge convictions after revelation that defence barrister doublecrossed her clients
In 2005, eight years after the murder of the underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano kicked off a long and bloody gangland war on the streets of Melbourne, a prominent criminal barrister agreed to become a registered police informant in exchange for a promise that her identity would be kept secret.
The woman – known variously as Lawyer X, EF, and informer 3838 – had represented some of the gangland war’s most infamous figures, including Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel.
Thirteen years later, a royal commission has been announced into what has become one of the biggest legal scandals and most appalling cases of police misconduct in Australian history.
Lawyer X is still alive but has refused to go into witness protection, her trust in police so shaken by leaks to the media and the attempt to use her as a witness in the murder trial of a disgraced ex-police officer that she says she no longer believes the force could keep her and her children safe.
At 9am on Monday, suppression orders concealing the extent of her involvement in the prosecutions that ended the gangland war were lifted. Within hours state and commonwealth prosecutors had written to 22 people, including a number of her former clients, informing them that they may have grounds to challenge their convictions.