Jury delivers guilty verdict in violent robbery
Mark Anthony Munro was found guilty of shooting a security guard outside the Mawson Club Photo: Melissa Adams
A man has been found guilty of shooting a security guard during an armed robbery of a Chubb cash van outside the Mawson Club.
A jury took just three hours to find Mark Anthony Munro, 52, guilty of the shotgun shooting and the $151,000 robbery.
The robbery took place in broad daylight on an afternoon in May 2004.
The guard survived the shooting, but was left with shotgun pellets peppered across his body, some of which are still lodged under his skin.
Munro was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs on Friday afternoon, ending a trial that ran over about two weeks, hearing from 33 witnesses and including 27 exhibits.
The Crown - led by prosecutor Mark Fernandez - presented a case based on both circumstantial and direct evidence.
A key part of the Crown's case was the testimony of the mastermind of the robbery.
He said he recruited Munro and another man, 55-year-old Sam John Melkie, to carry out the crime.
Melkie has already pleaded guilty over his role in the armed hold-up and is currently serving a nine-year sentence.
Police also collected cigarette butts matching the DNA profiles of Munro and Melkie from a bus shelter across the road from the club.
Witnesses reported seeing two men involved, and that one man was taller than the other. Melkie is taller than Munro, the court heard.
Supreme Court Justice John Nield said the mastermind's claim that he recruited the pair was ''important to say the least'' to the Crown's case, and said the direct evidence case against Munro would ''collapse'' without it.
Justice Nield had also cautioned the jury that the mastermind was ''potentially unreliable'', having lied to authorities before.
His evidence was described as inconsistent, and he gave it under a certificate of protection, which he thought allowed him to say whatever he wanted, the court heard.
There were also discrepancies in the descriptions of various witnesses on whether the taller or shorter man was holding the shotgun.
Photofits and photoboard procedures did not support the circumstances the Crown had put to the jury, the court heard.
Melkie also gave evidence in the trial, but did not name Munro as his co-offender, instead suggesting authorities look at another man.
Melkie said he was carrying a pistol, and not the shotgun used to shoot the guard.
A statement from a now deceased street cleaner who cleaned the Mawson shops at the time was also used as evidence.
That evidence was used to suggest that the cigarette butts matching the DNA of Munro and Melkie were unlikely to have been there before the day of the armed robbery.
Munro will be sentenced on April 30.