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Melissa Cook was left alone to die at hands of a jilted bikie

Melissa Cook

Threats ... Melissa Cook, who was shot dead by her estranged husband John Kudrytch / Pic: Facebook Source: The Daily Telegraph


IN the months before her shooting death, Melissa Cook had reached out for help.

After a tumultuous 10-year relationship with Comanchero bikie John Kudrytch, the 29-year-old took out an AVO against her former husband. Two months later, she was dead.

Kudrytch, 39, could not let her go. He left her threatening phone messages and put a shotgun against her head.

He threatened to harm her family and burn her car. He choked her with an electrical chord and repeatedly beat her.

Kudrytch, who slept with a rifle next to his bed, lost all control when Ms Cook changed her status on Facebook to "in a relationship" after she left him and started dating a man identified only as Ricky.

On December 16, 2008, Kudrytch walked into the Casula BP and shot Ms Cook, who worked behind the counter, before driving to their house on Pine Rd and turning the gun on himself.

At an inquest into the deaths, Detective-Sergeant Bradley Abdy said they found Kudrytch inside the Casula home.

Sgt Abdy also discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition hidden in bags and cupboards.

Police found two suicide letters written by Kudrytch and addressed to Ms Cook.

When Ms Cook originally filed a complaint against Kudrytch on September 30, police raided his house but found no guns.

Kudrytch, who had debts of $600,000 and suffered from obesity and depression, was charged with common assault and intimidation.

The AVO was ordered on October 1 but the court case was adjourned twice and set down for February 16, 2009 - after Ms Cook's murder.

Ms Cook's parents Steve and Jean Cook sat in Glebe Coroner's Court yesterday.

Ironically, it was Mr Cook who introduced his daughter to Kudrytch. The pair had been members of the Comanchero Blue Mountains chapter.

Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell said the inquest would focus on problems with police procedures surrounding AVOs.

It will also examine how a former bikie could be allowed to amass such a stockpile of guns and ammunition.

Police officers will appear before Mr Mitchell today to describe their roles in Ms Cook's AVO. Mr Mitchell said a complaint by Ms Cook to Macquarie Fields police station on November 20 should have been immediately forwarded to the Liverpool command.


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