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Little Tommy suspected of big cocaine trafficking, murder, court told

Vincent mbeja

Jan. 16, 2020

Gangland identity Tomislav ‘Little Tommy’ Ivanovic is suspected of high-level cocaine trafficking while on parole, a court has heard.
Mr Ivanovic, who was the only witness to the murder of Carl Williams behind bars, faced Sunshine Magistrates Court on Thursday to apply for bail after his arrest on deception charges in October.
The 44-year-old new father appeared via video link as police revealed he was also under investigation for the 2000 murder of fellow gangland figure Richard Mladenich. He was refused bail.
Mr Ivanovic's partner attended court with his four-month-old daughter, who was born just weeks before his arrest.
Mr Ivanovic was arrested and charged in late October with insurance fraud relating to his de-facto partner’s Mercedes Benz and an alleged $15,000 payout from insurance giant AAMI.
Purana Taskforce detective Cameron Mitchell told the court that the accused’s phone was being tapped as part of a separate, ongoing investigation into the death of Mr Mladenich, when police discovered conversations relating to the alleged fraud.
Officers allegedly listened to a plan being carried out to use a contact in the panel beating industry to fabricate a collision between that man’s step daughter and Mr Ivanovic’s partner.
A total of $15,000 for the two vehicles was then allegedly claimed. Four people have since been charged.
But during fresh evidence, the detective senior constable also revealed that Purana Taskforce officers were also investigating Mr Ivanovic for high-level cocaine trafficking. No charges have been laid.
“We believe the accused has been offending constantly since being paroled,” Senior Constable Mitchell said.
“We [also] believe he played a lot bigger role in the deception. We believe he orchestrated most of it.”
The officer said he was unable to say whether Mr Ivanovic would be charged over two more serious matters or the status of those investigations.
Mr Ivanovic’s lawyer Anthony Condello argued his client deserved bail as he had a newborn child, was a carer for his elderly mother and had been complying with his parole conditions prior to his arrest at the family home last year. Those included wearing an ankle bracelet to detect possible alcohol consumption being subjected to twice weekly urine tests.
But magistrate Kay Robertson disagreed that the accused had shown exceptional circumstances that would warrant bail, remanding Mr Ivanovic in custody for special mention next week.
The court heard Mr Ivanovic was released from prison in 2018 after serving 17 years.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.
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