Millionaire Medich loses murder appeal

Sydney millionaire Ron Medich has lost his appeal against his convictions for murdering a business enemy and intimidating his widow.

 The property developer was jailed in the NSW Supreme Court in June 2018 for 39 years with a non-parole period of 30 years.

The now-72-year-old was found guilty of the contract murder of his business foe Michael McGurk, who was shot dead outside his Sydney home in September 2009, and the intimidation of Kimberley McGurk almost a year later.

The sentencing judge was satisfied Medich paid about $500,000 for the hit and $100,00 for the intimidation with the purpose of getting Ms McGurk to settle her late husband’s litigation.

The jury accepted key evidence by his former confidant Lucky Gattellari that Medich masterminded and financed the shooting of the 45-year-old businessman.

In a majority decision on Thursday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed Medich’s challenges to his convictions.

Mr McGurk was gunned down after he and Medich had become embroiled in ongoing and protracted legal battles involving millions of dollars.

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