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Australia Two men charged with murder of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona, who was gunned down on EastLink tollway

12:15  22 january  2020
12:15  22 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Police charge two men with the murder of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona , who was gunned down while driving to work on the EastLink tollway last year.

The son of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona , who was gunned down on a tollway while driving © Provided by ABC NEWS Paul Virgona was gunned down as he drove along Melbourne 's "Sadly after two months of very intense investigation we ' re still unable to provide Paul 's family with the

Police have charged two men with the murder of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona, who was gunned down while driving to work on the EastLink tollway last year.

Mr Virgona, 46, was driving to work along the EastLink tollway early on a Saturday morning in November when his van was sprayed with bullets, killing him.

Police raided 12 properties across Melbourne early this morning, including Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouses in Ferntree Gully and Port Melbourne.

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Two men have been charged with murder over the fatal EastLink shooting of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona after police raided a dozen Mr Virgona 's 17-year-old son Luca, accompanied by his mother Antonietta, said his father was a unique, hardworking man who inspired his family to fulfil their

Two men linked to the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang have been charged with the drive-by shooting murder of a Melbourne father who had "no criminal association", police say. Fruiterer Paul Virgona , 46, died en route to work when his van was peppered with bullets on the city's EastLink

Police units including the Special Operations Group also executed warrants at homes in Montrose, Kilsyth, Lilydale, Tecoma, Wantirna South, Southbank, Noble Park and Croydon, and commercial premises in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.

a person with collar shirt: Paul Virgona was 15 minutes into his drive to work when he was gunned down. (Fresh State) © Provided by ABC NEWS Paul Virgona was 15 minutes into his drive to work when he was gunned down. (Fresh State)

Aaron Ong, 34, from Kilsyth and Josh Rider, 29, from Port Melbourne have been charged with Mr Virgona's murder.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Tess Walsh told a press conference this morning the two men were "associated" with the Mongols.

She said Mr Virgona had "no criminal associates and no association with the Mongols" but could not say whether the killing was a case of mistaken identity.

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Two men have been charged with the murder over the shooting death of Melbourne fruiterer Paul Virgona . A 35-year-old Kilsyth man and a 29-year-old Port Melbourne man were charged on Wednesday with the murder of the 46-year-old, who died en route to work when his van was

Mr Rider and Mr Ong fronted the Melbourne Magistrates' Court this afternoon and sat motionless in the dock as they were told by the magistrate they "obviously" could not apply for bail.

Mr Ong appeared to have a bruise under his left eye.

According to documents tendered to the court, Mr Rider and Mr Ong used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun to shoot 11 rounds into the driver's side of Mr Virgona's van, striking him multiple times.

The documents said the killing involved "a considerable amount of pre-planning" including the use of two stolen cars.

One of the cars was parked prior to the killing in a remote location, where the second car was set on fire.

The gun used in the killing has not been found and police are yet to establish a motive, the documents said.

The pair were remanded in custody to reappear in court in May.

The court was told the two men had "acted in company" to murder Mr Virgona.

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Father-of- two gunned down on freeway (The Today Show). Paul Virgona died after his van was peppered with bullets on Melbourne 's EastLink . Insp Day was updating media on the investigation into the shooting murder of 46-year-old Croydon father-of- two Paul Virgona .

Paul Virgona was killed when the van he was driving was sprayed with bullets. (Supplied). There is no immediate risk to community safety, a police A ute believed to be involved in the murder of Croydon man Paul Virgona was dumped near Mountain Highway in Bayswater. Two men then left the vehicle

Earlier, police also arrested a 30-year-old Montrose man, who was being interviewed by detectives from the anti-bikie Echo Taskforce.

Assistant Commissioner Walsh said this man was likely to be charged with drug and firearm offences.

She said police seized six firearms, a boat and powder that was believed to be drugs in this morning's raids.

Since the shooting, police have focused on a Mercedes with the number plate AZE-110, which followed Mr Virgona from his property and was later set on fire in Mooroolbark, as well as two men who were seen leaving a Volkswagen ute near Bayswater parkland.

Mr Virgona was killed in his van as it emerged from the Mullum Mullum tunnel at Donvale about 2:15am on November 9.

His car came to rest in the right-hand lanes of the tollway, sparking calls from other motorists about a car blocking lanes.

'There are people out there who know why this happened'

Mr Virgona's widow Antonietta and son Luca held a press conference earlier this month to appeal for information about the killing.

Luca Virgona described his father as an honest and dedicated man, whose death had left the family distraught.

"No amount of effort, pleading or goodwill can bring him back and the shock of his absence will never cease as it's now embedded firmly in our daily lives," he said.

"There are people out there who know why this happened to my father.

"All I ask is that anyone who has information come forward to help us find some sense of justice in a situation where there is none."

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