Underworld figure Mick Gatto’s son, Justin, has been found dead next to an apartment building in Melbourne‘s CBD.
The 34-year-old is believed to have died near a Spencer St apartment building just after midnight on Tuesday, Herald Sun reported.
‘The death is not being treated as suspicious,’ a Victoria Police statement said.
Pictured: Justin Gatto and his sister Sarah Gatto. The 34-year-old is believed to have died near a Spencer St apartment building just after midnight on Tuesday
Investigators are preparing a report for the coroner.
A friend of the family has requested privacy and respect for their family during this difficult time.
Justin narrowly escaped with his life following a horror car crash in 2008.
A court heard he lost control of his BMW and crashed head-on into an oncoming four-wheel-drive following a long day at work
His license was suspended for a month.
Justin is the youngest of his siblings Damien, Sarah and Michael.
His father had written an autobiography I, Mick Gatto, where he would be grateful for the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital after Justin was born two months premature.
Justin’s father, Mick Gatto was the leader of the infamous ‘Carlton Crew’ yet managed to escape the underworld war mostly unscathed.
In 2004 he was acquitted of the murder of suspected hitman Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin, with a jury ruling Gatto had acted in self-defence when he shot Veniamin, who had threatened to kill him.
Later in 2016, Gatto pleaded guilty to two charges over keeping an unregistered shotgun and ammunition in his home.
They were found in a cavity behind a cabinet in an ensuite of his Lower Plenty home in Melbourne.
At the time, the court heard Gatto was given the gun in 2005 from another underworld figure Mario Condello after he was acquitted over the death of Andrew Veniamin.
Magistrates Carolene Gwynn accepted Gatto had a genuine fear for his safety, but said it wasn’t an excuse.
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A friend of the family has requested privacy and respect for their family during this difficult time