McGurk accused to face commital

Three of those accused of murdering Sydney businessman Michael McGurk will face a six-week committal hearing starting on August 5, 2013.

The alleged mastermind Ron Medich, a Sydney property developer, will face committal with the two men allegedly responsible for fatally shooting Mr McGurk outside his Cremorne home in September 2009.

Christopher Estephan was 19 when he and a friend, Hassam Safetli, 46, allegedly murdered Mr McGurk. The court has previously heard that the alleged murder was committed at the behest of Mr Medich.

Mr Estephan and Mr Safetli have admitted being present when Mr McGurk was killed but both have denied being the shooter.

The alleged motive for the killing was the acrimonious business dealings between Mr McGurk and Mr Medich, which had resulted in a number of high profile court battles.

According to an agreed police statement of facts previously tendered to court, Mr Medich is alleged to have said to his then right-hand man, Fortunato "Lucky" Gattellari, that Mr McGurk was not only costing him "millions" because of the court stoushes but that Mr McGurk was making him the "laughing stock of the Eastern suburbs" and "a fool in front of his wife [Odetta]."

Gattellari, a former boxing champion, and his friend, Senad Kaminic, have pleaded guilty to their roles in the killing and will be sentenced in December.

There will be a two-day hearing in March 2012, to determine which witnesses will be called to give evidence at the committal hearing.

A committal hearing is held before a magistrate who then decides whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to a trial.

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