McGurk aide fears testifying
against bikie associate, court hears
September 24, 2010 - 11:36AM
The right-hand man of slain
conman Michael McGurk is set to appear in a
Sydney court this morning where it will be
decided whether he should give evidence
about an alleged bikie associate named Alex
is in the witness box in a fraud trial in
which he has been named as the brains behind
a scheme to rip off banks using fake home
partner in the alleged fraudulent scheme was
the head of the Hells Angels bikie gang,
Mr Reddy told
the NSW Supreme Court yesterday that he
feared for his safety if he gave evidence
about his dealings with Mr Marcello.
acting for Perpetual Trustees Victoria, Greg
Sirtes, told the court that it might be
necessary to make an application to close
the court this morning.
Michael Adams is presiding over the case in
which Mr Reddy has been giving evidence for
yesterday ordered that Mr Reddy hand over
his mobile phone so it could be examined by
suppressed the name and telephone number of
a person whose text messages were on the
Adams asked Mr Reddy about when he first met
Mr Marcello, Mr Reddy became concerned.
you ask me about Marcello are going to be
reported in the newspaper tomorrow," he
In the months
leading up to Mr McGurk's death, Mr Reddy
worked for him at Bentley Smythe, which
specialised in short-term high-interest
loans to desperate people.
The pair also
arranged mortgages for people.
dates back to 2005 when Mr Reddy had his own
company, Invest One.
Mr Reddy has
admitted to forging a client's signature on
loan documents and arranging for fake income
statements to be provided to banks.
last year that Mr McGurk had been a suspect
in a $150 million mortgage fraud syndicate.
Mr Reddy has
not faced any criminal charges and he has
been given a certificate guaranteeing him
immunity from prosecution to allow him to
continue his evidence.