– A covert recording of a conversation between gangland figure Matt Tomas and detectives from Victoria Police’s Purana Taskforce about a sensitive murder investigation has been leaked to Melbourne’s underworld, including members of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Mr Tomas, who is a business partner of Mick Gatto, is understood to have provided information that could assist police during the discussion, which was taped by a concealed recording device.
Some names an details from the conversation had been deleted in the 35-minute tape, which has been widely circulated among criminals and associates of Mr Tomas in the past few days. Mr Tomas is believed to be fearful of another attempt on his life and has been advised by at least one associate to take his family overseas immediately.
A source with specific knowledge of the tape said Mr Tomas had been “hung out to dry” and estimated more than 50 people had heard the conversation, including members of at least two bikie gangs.
Mr Gatto confirmed he was aware of the tape. He said it was a “hell of a lot more than 50 people who had access to the recordings. He declined to speak on behalf of Mr Tomas, who did not respond to several requests for comment from Fairfax Media. “We’ve been mates for a long time but it’s not my job to defend him. I’m busy enough defending myself,” Mr Gatto said.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the force was aware that copies of the tape had been passed around Melbourne’s underworld.
“This recording was relevant to a matter before the court and was handed over to the defence by investigators in response to a subpoena granted by the court. It is not uncommon for material subject to a subpoena and handed over lawfully, to then be circulated within the criminal community,” the police spokeswoman said.
She denied Mr Tomas had assisted police with their investigation. “It is important we make clear the person was uncooperative with police and would not supply a statement relating to the matter,” the spokeswoman said.
She said detectives had spoken with Mr Tomas, along with others known to have heard the recording, in a bid to remove suspicion about Mr Tomas’ involvement with police.
But a source close to Mr Tomas expressed grave fears for Mr Tomas’ safety.
The source claimed there were similarities between the leaking of the secret recording of Mr Tomas and the “Hodson case”, referring to the execution murders of police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine.
Hodson had implicated former police officer Paul Dale in the theft of $1.3 million in drugs and cash from an Oakleigh house in 2003, but the investigation collapsed when the Hodsons were killed in 2004. Mr Dale was charged with the murders in 2009, but the case was dropped when Carl Williams – who allegedly told police that Mr Dale had asked him to arrange the hit – was murdered in 2010. Mr Dale has always maintained his innocence.
Tommy Ivanovic, who was present when Williams was murdered, was charged in September last year with conspiring to kill Mr Tomas. Fairfax Media is aware of at least one other plot to kill Mr Tomas, who founded Elite Cranes with Mr Gatto in 2002.
A former driver for slain underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano, Mr Tomas was acquitted of murder in 1996, after he and two other men were accused of stomping a teenager to death in a Carlton restaurant.
The leaking of the secret recording of Mr Tomas follows revelations that allegedly corrupt police officers had accessed confidential police files, which could have been passed on to underworld figures and possibly compromised active investigations.
In May, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay launched Taskforce Keel following raids on three properties and the discovery of hundreds of pages from the police LEAP computer network and some of the force’s most sensitive intelligence files. One of the properties had links with a prominent motorcycle gang.
Mr Lay described the trove of stolen documents as “one of the gravest breaches of police security, certainly in my time in Victoria Police.” Last month, Senior Constable David Branov, 41, of the North-West Region was charged with a range of offences, including perverting the course of justice by manufacturing false information in an official police record which prevented a man from being further investigated for drug trafficking.
Senior Constable Branov also faces charges of possessing methamphetamines, possessing an unregistered gun and possessing a silencer without a permit.
Two other officers from the same region have also been suspended with pay – Cameron Houston



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