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Carl Williams (criminal) : biography

13 October 1970 - 19 April 2010

Carl Anthony Williams (13 October 1970, Supreme Court of Victoria, 7 May 2007 – 19 April 2010) was a convicted murderer and drug trafficker from the Australian state of Victoria. He was the central figure in the Melbourne gangland killings.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 35 years for ordering the murders of three people and conspiracy to murder a fourth (which was unsuccessful). On 19 April 2010, while incarcerated at Barwon Prison, Williams was beaten to death with the stem of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson., The Age, 19th April 2010

Williams enlisted the help of others willing to perform the contract killings in exchange for large payments of cash. At the time of his death, he was in the maximum security Acacia unit of HM Prison Barwon near Geelong. Williams would have been 71 before he was eligible for parole.

School fees revelation

On 19 April 2010 News Limited newspapers including the Herald Sun revealed that Victoria Police are paying $8000 in school fees for Williams' daughter. The reason for the payment was not revealed at the time. However, during the 2011 murder trial, it was revealed Williams had turned informant and had struck a deal with Assistant Commissioner Simon Overland. Williams gave information on several unsolved murder cases believed to have involved corrupt officers and it was also revealed his murderer may have been implicated in at least one. Williams' lawyer Rob Stary said Williams was upset about the publication of the story.

There was speculation that the police may have agreed to pay the school fees in exchange for information, and that publication of the story may have led to Williams' death. The Herald Sun has defended its publication of the story.


On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years jail.

Williams' funeral was held on 30 April 2010 at St Therese's Catholic Church in Essendon. In January 2011 it was reported that William's resting place consisted of a nameless plot, without a headstone.

Summary of criminal convictions

Date Conviction Sentence
May, 1990 Handling stolen goodsPossession of stolen propertyFailing to answer bail Fined $400
March, 1993 Criminal damageThrowing a missile Sentenced to 150 hours community work
December, 1994 Attempting to traffic in a drug of dependence Sentenced to 12 months imprisonment (six months suspended for a period of two years)
29 October 2004 Drug trafficking Sentenced to 7 years imprisonment, Supreme Court of Victoria, 29 October 2004
19 July 2006 Murder of Michael Marshall Sentenced to 27 years imprisonment21 years non-parole period
7 May 2007 Murder of Jason Moran Sentenced to life imprisonment
7 May 2007 Murder of Mark Mallia Sentenced to life imprisonment
7 May 2007 Murder of Lewis Moran Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment
7 May 2007 Conspiracy to murder Mario Condello Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment

Arrest and confession

On 28 February 2007, Williams pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoria to the murders of Lewis Moran, his son Jason Moran and Mark Mallia (whose name was initially suppressed by the court).

Williams also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder gangland rival Mario Condello. A suppression order prevented the media from reporting this until the day of sentencing. Under a deal with police, Williams was not charged for his alleged involvement in orchestrating the murder of Mark Moran, Jason Moran's half brother.

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