Gattellari obtained a considerable low cost on his sentence for agreeing to present proof in opposition to his as soon as shut good friend Medich, who has since been jailed for at least 30 years for the 2009 capturing dying of McGurk.
Gattellari has pleaded not responsible to 2 makes an attempt to extort thousands and thousands of from Medich in return for altering his proof on the trial.
The previous boxer informed the jury that he was sick of the continuous delays in getting Medich to trial and that he wished to entice him. “That was my one and solely goal,” he mentioned.
He additionally wished to the trial to be over so he could possibly be faraway from protecting custody. “As a result of as a crown witness, life in gaol is an absolute nightmare … I wished to be moved to a gaol the place, with my situation of a persistent claustrophobic, I might have had a bit of little bit of reduction with out being locked up 22 hours a day.”
The extortion word additionally detailed Gattellari’s earlier calls for of $10 million earlier than Medich’s 2013 committal listening to and $15 million after. Due to Medich’s “video games” the worth was now $30 million and, if it wasn’t paid by 15 Could, it will be $50 million “or go f— your self and you’ll die in gaol,” the word mentioned.
Nevertheless, Gattellari claimed he knew nothing of the calls for for $30 and $50 million. These figures had been “absolute lunacy” and the work of Roger Rogerson appearing on his personal, he claimed.
Crown Prosecutor Darren Robinson identified that in nearly each considered one of his diary entries in 2013 and 2014 Gattellari had recorded the determine of $35 million.
The 68-year-old former boxer defined that this was based mostly on the ability of optimistic considering. It had nothing to do with the extortion demand and as an alternative it was what he aspired to earn as soon as he was out of jail.
“My spouse gave me a guide by Florence Shinn referred to as The Energy of Attraction,” mentioned Gattellari. “This guide tells you that no matter you concentrate on, no matter you dream about, no matter you wish to occur to you, it’s worthwhile to give it some thought, write about it and state it as typically as you possibly can.”
What you set your thoughts to, finally involves you, Gattellari mentioned.
Gattellari angrily denied the prosecutor’s suggestion that he at all times meant to maintain the cash and that he had lied about planning to have the police arrest Medich after he handed over the thousands and thousands.
“You wished Ron Medich to pay for what he did to you,” posed Mr Robinson.
“Not appropriate,” retorted Gattellari.
The trial will proceed on Monday.
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.