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Kidnap charges withdrawn against Daniel Gatto Joseph Mandaliti and George Daoud

Kidnapping costs towards Mick Gatto’s nephew and two different males have been withdrawn – and authorized prices awarded to them – after their alleged sufferer refused to offer proof in court docket.

Daniel Gatto, a nephew of the underworld determine, and two others had been accused of forcing a person right into a automotive and holding him towards his will in June final yr, referring to an alleged dispute over the acquisition of luxurious purses.

Daniel Gatto (centre) outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in February.

Daniel Gatto (centre) exterior Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom in February.Credit score:Paul Jeffers

On Thursday, prosecutor Sharon Kermath informed the court docket the kidnapping costs towards the trio had been withdrawn after the alleged sufferer earlier refused to offer proof.

A bail listening to final yr was informed Daniel Gatto was accused of kneeing the alleged sufferer to the top, threatening him and demanding he return $2000 over the net buy of a Louis Vuitton purse, which was mentioned to be faux.

Justice of the Peace Gregory McNamara ordered Victoria Police pay authorized prices for Gatto, 39, Joseph Mandaliti, 41, and George Daoud, 39, as much as Could this yr, the date a listening to was set for the alleged sufferer to offer proof.

Gatto and his buddies on Thursday pleaded responsible to unrelated minor costs after police discovered banned gadgets, together with medication, ammunition and fireworks, at every of their houses final yr.

George Daoud (second from left), Daniel Gatto and Joseph Mandaliti outside court in February.

George Daoud (second from left), Daniel Gatto and Joseph Mandaliti exterior court docket in February.Credit score:Paul Jeffers

Gatto pleaded responsible to possessing explosive substances and possessing cartridge ammunition after police discovered 16 fireworks and a single .22 bullet at his South Morang property.

Gatto’s lawyer, Martin Amad, mentioned his consumer didn’t know the place the bullet got here from, however admitted he’d had the fireworks for “many, a few years”. Amad informed the Justice of the Peace Gatto didn’t deserve additional punishment on high of the time he spent in jail earlier than he was granted bail.

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