The cellmate of the murdered gangland murderer Carl Williams is charged with the murder of Richard Mladenich
- 44-year-old Tommy Ivanovic was arrested on Moreland Road in Brunswick West
- The arrest takes place months after detectives called for information again
- Ivanovic was released from prison last year for a street murder in 2002
- He had been arrested with Carl Williams when the murderer was brutally murdered
- Mladenich was considered an eccentric standover man and drug dealer
A prison mate of gangland murderer Carl Williams has been charged with a historical crime in the underworld.
"Little" Tommy Ivanovic, known as "The Gun", had been in the room when Williams was killed in prison by Matthew Johnson on April 19, 2010.
He was arrested on Wednesday for the murder of Richard Mladenich, who is believed to be one of the first hit jobs hired by Williams.
Richard Mladenich was shot almost 20 years ago at the Esquire Motel in St. Kilda. A fellow prisoner of the underworld figure Carl Williams was arrested on Wednesday for the murder.
"Little" Tommy Ivanovic, known as "The Gun", had been in the room when Williams was killed in prison by Matthew Johnson (pictured) on April 19, 2010.
Ivanovic was arrested on Moreland Road in West Brunswick – north of Melbourne – at 11 a.m. by investigators from the Purana task force.
He had only been released from prison last year for a West Brunswick street murder in 2002.
The police had believed that within minutes of the Williams attack, he called a man who the police suspected had organized the hit on him.
Although he was never charged with murder.
Ivanovic had his share of enemies in the underworld and was stabbed to death in Barwon Prison, which was suspected three years earlier as revenge for an attack on a former companion.
The Herald Sun said he was interviewed about Mladenich's murder and allegations of cocaine trafficking and fraud involving auto insurance.
Mladenich was shot almost 20 years ago at the Esquire Motel in St. Kilda.
He had been seen as a strange standover and drug dealer.
His killer was seen by at least three witnesses wearing dark sunglasses.
The police launched a comprehensive cold weather review in July this year and issued a $ 1 million reward for information leading to a conviction.
Ivanovic is reportedly a close associate of the underworld figure Rocco Arico and the murderer of Williams, who is the chief of the prison gang Prisoners of War.
Carl Williams was suspected of ordering the hit against Richard Mladenich, who was killed almost 20 years ago
Matthew Johnson is preparing to kill Carl Williams in Barwon Prison in 2010. Tommy Ivanovic had been held in the same unit as both men and was once a trusted friend of the gangland killer
The weapon Matthew Johnson used to kill Carl Williams. The police thought Tommy Ivanovic might have something to do with it, but he was never charged
The murder of Williams sent shock waves through the Victorian crime community, and many saw it as the end of a chapter in Victoria's long-standing crime war.
Ivanovic was the only other prisoner in the room when Williams was fatally attacked at a time when he was said to be assisting the police.
Johnson was eventually convicted of Williams' murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison.
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