Gangland killer granted right to appeal over possible Lawyer X miscarriage of justice
Gangland killer Faruk Orman has been granted the right to appeal his conviction, due to a possible miscarriage of justice involving his lawyer, Nicola Gobbo.
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy has referred Mr Orman’s case to the Court of Appeal, saying she is “satisfied there is credible evidence” which suggests Ms Gobbo’s role as a police informer may have led to a miscarriage of justice.
Mr Orman has served 12 years of a 20 year sentence for his role in the murder of career criminal Vincent Pierce.
Mr Pierce was shot dead by Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin in Port Melbourne in 2002.
A jury found Mr Orman drove a getaway car used by Mr Veniamin.
Ms Gobbo was a lawyer to many gangland figures, while also serving as a police informant, prompting fears many other underworld figures may also have grounds to appeal their convictions.