Mario Condello

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Mario Condello
Born (1952-04-12)12 April 1952
Calabria, Italy
Died 6 February 2006(2006-02-06) (aged 53)
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death Shot dead by Rodney Collins
Occupation Lawyer
Criminal charge Conspiracy to murder Carl Williams
Criminal status Deceased
Allegiance The Carlton Crew
Motive Conspiracy to murder Carl Williams
Conviction(s) Arson, fraud, drug trafficking

Mario Condello (12 April 1952 – 6 February 2006) was an Italian-Australian organised crime figure. Condello, once a lawyer, was a member of the Carlton Crew, and is believed to have been a money launderer for Melbourne's Calabrian mafia, the Ndrangheta.[1] He was a key figure in the Melbourne gangland killings.


Condello was born in Calabria, Italy and was at one time a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia. He had a criminal record consisting of arson, fraud and drug trafficking and was also suspected by police to have been involved in multiple murders.

In June 2004, an attempt on Condello's life was foiled when two gunmen were caught by police outside Brighton Cemetery near his house.[2]

In 2005, he was charged with plotting to murder crime boss Carl Williams.[3] Williams later was convicted of conspiracy to murder Condello.


Condello was shot dead in his driveway on 6 February 2006, a day before he was due to stand trial for conspiracy to murder Williams. Police feared that his murder would be the resumption of the gangland wars. Victoria Police believed hitman Rodney Collins killed Mario Condello as a paid hit. Collins is serving a life sentence with a minimum of 32 years for a 1987 double murder for which he was convicted in May 2010.[4]

About 700 people attended his funeral, with Mick Gatto serving as a pallbearer.[5]

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  1. ^ "Guns coudn't protect mafia money man". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gangland target ready to forgive". The Age. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Moynihan, Stephen (5 March 2005). "Condello wins fourth application for bail". The Age. AAP. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Condello gunned down in Brighton". The Age. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hundreds say goodbye to 'a man among men'". The Age. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2014.