Linguistic skills: Odetta Medich. Photo: Sasha Woolley
Accused murderer Ron Medich ordered surveillance on his wife Odetta to find some ''dirt'' he could use against her, his committal hearing was told.
His former close friend and business partner Lucky Gattellari, now the Crown's star witness, told the court Mr Medich had wanted his wife followed because she was giving him ''merry hell'' and her conduct was ''driving him nuts.''
Mr Medich, now divorced, is alleged to have used Gattellari to arrange the murder of his former business partner Michael McGurk, who was shot outside his Cremorne house in September 2009.
Winston Terracini, SC, for Mr Medich, accused Gattellari of having his own motive for wanting to get something on Mrs Medich. ''You did it off your own bat, to get something on her,'' he said. Mr Terracini also suggested Gattellari knew that Mr Medich was ''not highly intelligent'' whereas Mrs Medich, who was very intelligent, was onto Gattellari's criminal conduct. He proposed the former champion boxer wanted Mrs Medich ''compromised'' himself.
''Not true,'' retorted Gattellari who said that ''Mr and Ms Medich had many problems'' and that Mrs Medich resented his friendship with her husband.
Mr Terracini said Gattellari had boasted of having information of a ''compromising nature'' involving Mrs Medich in a gondola in Venice with two men. However, Gattellari said Mrs Medich had been followed only in Australia. A series of text messages, sent in January 2010, four months after Mr McGurk's murder, reveal the deep-seated animosity between Mrs Medich and Gattellari.
In one text Mrs Medich threatened to have Gattellari's ''little Chinese prostitutes'' deported.
Gattellari responded: ''Thank you for your kind words i do think that living in the glass house you live in maybe you should watch the stones you through I have some snap shots of overseas trips so how low do you want to drag this personally I don't give a f--- about you but I have the gratest regard for ron and at present he knows nothing so if its a shit fight you wont you will finde out just how discusting i can get.''
Mrs Medich replied: ''U r a moron!!!!! And a dumb one too … get the f…k out of our lives!!!!!!!!!! I will make sure of it the moment I am back, u r a sick f..k!!!!!!!!''
Gattellari: ''Isnt that a bogan my dear Odetta you have picked the wrong moron to have a shit fight with because like you I grew up in the gutter only I got out of it unlike you.''
He also texted: ''Just look over your shoulder now and then.''
Mr Terracini quipped that Odetta Medich ''appears to be a woman of forceful linguistic skills'', as she replied: ''F…k off!!!''
The hearing continues.