Gangland granny gets 26-year jail term for murder plot
THE REIGN of the notorious Melbourne gangland matriarch Judy Moran is finally over -- but in truth, the 66-year-old grandmother, who is likely to spend the rest of her life in prison, lost her touch long ago.
Once a glamorous figure with a penchant for designer outfits, Moran -- jailed for 26 years yesterday for orchestrating the murder of her brother-in-law, Des 'Tuppence' Moran -- looks old and sick. She now needs a motorised wheelchair to get around.
Frailty, though, did not prevent her from plotting to get rid of Tuppence, whom she detested, although he was the brother of her late husband, Lewis. He was shot seven times in a suburban Melbourne cafe in June 2009.
The man who pulled the trigger, Geoffrey 'Nuts' Armour, also received a 26-year sentence. Moran patted him on the back after the killing, telling him: "Well done."
The murder plot was hatched after her brother-in-law -- who once smashed a bottle over her head -- cut off a monthly allowance.
Moran, who lost two sons in gangland shootings, was defiant to the end. "I am innocent," she called from the dock after being sentenced. The judge, who ordered that she serve a minimum 21 years, was unimpressed.
"This was a deliberate and brutal killing," he told her. "There is no sign of remorse on your part."
Moran -- whose two husbands also met violent deaths -- was Armour's getaway driver. She concealed the car and hid the gun, together with a wig and jacket that he wore, in a safe.
She claimed to have been visiting her son Mark's grave that day. (© Independent News Service)