Tough day in court: Lucky Gattellari. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Lucky Gattellari endured a second torrid day in the witness box with Ron Medich's barrister branding him a pimp, a liar and a thief, as well as a ''hopeless failure'' and a ''financial numbskull''.
The former boxing champ is the Crown's key witness against Mr Medich, a wealthy property developer, who is facing a committal hearing for allegedly ordering the 2009 murder of his former business associate, Michael McGurk.
Mr Medich's barrister, Winston Terracini, SC, said Gattellari had been a pimp who was living off the earnings of Asian prostitutes.
Haunt: Medich. Photo: Wolter Peeters
''Do you want to listen to tapes where you're on lovey-dovey terms with your wife … the very next call is to a whore,'' Mr Terracini roared.
''I think you should take dramatic [sic] lessons,'' responded Gattellari, who had earlier objected to Mr Terracini making fun of his claustrophobia.
Mr Terracini had suggested that Gattellari didn't seem to suffer from claustrophobia while in the small cubicles at Babylon massage parlour in Sydney's Chinatown.
When questioned about the size of the cubicles, Gattellari shot back that Mr Terracini should ask Mr Medich, ''He's been there enough times.'' And how was it that Mr Terracini knew so much about the size of the rooms, Gattellari demanded to know. A private detective had been engaged for the job, Mr Terracini said.
Central Local Court has heard Babylon massage parlour was a frequent haunt of Mr Medich and Gattellari and that on the afternoon of Mr McGurk's murder, Mr Medich, Gattellari and his driver, Senad Kaminic, spent a couple of hours there.
Mr Terracini cross-examined Gattellari robustly about his unconventional business methods including organising others to stand over people who owed him money.
Gattellari maintained he had never asked his crew to be physically violent. ''No one ever did get touched - apart from Mr McGurk, unfortunately,'' he added.
Gattellari, who is serving 7½ years for organising a hit man to murder Mr McGurk, allegedly at Mr Medich's behest, was asked about a series of text messages he sent to Sydney businessman Tim Alford, who Gattellari claimed owed Mr Medich money.
In one message, recorded in April 2010, Gattellari texted Mr Alford saying his phone calls were probably being intercepted, therefore he didn't want anyone to think ''I would hurt a hair on your pretty f---ing little head''.
Earlier Gattellari had scoffed at questions about the times and amount of money he had given to others for the murder of Mr McGurk. ''Obviously you don't ask for a receipt when you are paying for a murder,'' he said.
The committal hearing continues on Wednesday.