Vic cops to probe Ivanovic over 1999 crime — (The Age)

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The Age

Melissa Iaria


Gangland figure Carl Williams’ former jailmate has told a magistrate he expects a police grilling over an attempted murder will take “six minutes, not six hours”.

A magistrate on Monday gave detectives permission to interview Tommy Ivanovic in custody over a 12-year-old attempted murder.

Ivanovic is already serving 20 years’ jail, with a 15-year minimum, in Barwon Prison for murder over a road rage incident in 2002.

Magistrate Gregory McNamara granted police six hours to quiz Ivanovic over the attempted murder of Westmeadows man Leigh Pascu, then 32, in 1999.

But from the Melbourne Magistrates Court dock, Ivanovic called out: “Your honour, they’re going to need six minutes, not six hours”.

Detective Sergeant Wayne Newman told the court police had “more than two” statements from people he declined to name, as part of their investigation.

One of them was by a man who had implicated himself in the crime, he said.

Defence barrister Con Kilias opposed the application to interview his client in custody.

He said Ivanovic, who is using Prozac, should first be seen by the prison psychiatrist to assess if he is fit to be interviewed.

But Mr McNamara said a forensic medical officer will assess Ivanovic before the police interview at the St Kilda Road police complex takes place.

Late last month, police searched the Brunswick West home of the family of Ivanovic, who shared a high-security unit at Barwon Prison with Williams and his alleged killer Matthew Johnson.

Johnson will stand trial accused of bludgeoning Williams to death with an exercise bike shaft on April 19 last year.

Ivanovic has not been charged in relation to Williams’ murder.