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‘Tenant from HELL’ causes $30,000 damage bill

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A woman has been accused of trashing a struggling restaurateur’s house, leaving thousands of dollars in damage and unpaid rent. 

Chris Taranto, who runs Geelong’s The Continental on Little Mallop Street, has brought in cleaners accustomed to scrubbing blood off kill house floors to clean his Saint Leonards property, south of Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay. 

The clean-up bill, quoted by two cleaners, is just under $30,000, such is the damage to the property.  

Rubbish left at the property of Chris Taranto by Rebecca Kelly

Rubbish left at the property of Chris Taranto by Rebecca Kelly

Rubbish left at the property of Chris Taranto by Rebecca Kelly 

Chris Taranto was quoted a little under $30,000 by two cleaners to clean his Saint Leonards home

Chris Taranto was quoted a little under $30,000 by two cleaners to clean his Saint Leonards home

Chris Taranto was quoted a little under $30,000 by two cleaners to clean his Saint Leonards home

Furniture dumped in the backyard on Chris Taranto's property

Furniture dumped in the backyard on Chris Taranto's property

Furniture dumped in the backyard on Chris Taranto’s property

 Mr Taranto was forced to have his tenant Rebecca Kelly evicted from the property despite the Victorian Government placing a moratorium on evictions during the state’s COVID-19 crisis. 

The matter went before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in September where the presiding member found in the popular restaurateur’s favour, booting Ms Kelly from the house. 

She had been living in Mr Taranto’s property on-and-off since November on with her two adult sons.

Mr Taranto told Daily Mail Australia he took Ms Kelly in because of her work with disadvantaged locals, but it turned into a nightmare. 

‘I thought she was a nice person and I wanted to give something back to the community, so I thought I’d help her out,’ he said. ‘She turned into the tenant from hell.’

Ms Kelly was charged $1,680 a month to stay at the property and still owes more than $7000 in unpaid rent.

Mr Taranto claimed his tenant had blamed a ‘bad eBay experience’ and ongoing domestic issues at home for failing to pay her rent.

Struggling to keep his business afloat during Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown, Mr Taranto had wanted his tenant out so he could sell the property. 

‘I’ve got no money. My restaurant had been closed for months, so I had to sell the house. I forfeited on my loan because I couldn’t afford the repayments, so I’ve been living off JobKeeper. Life is pretty tough at the moment and this person is living in my house for free and wrecking it,’ Mr Taranto said. 

‘She’s running a free food shop for the needy and I’m at the point where I almost need to go there.’

Rebecca Kelly was booted from a Saint Leonards home after failing to pay rent amid accusations she 'trashed the joint'

Rebecca Kelly was booted from a Saint Leonards home after failing to pay rent amid accusations she 'trashed the joint'

Rebecca Kelly was booted from a Saint Leonards home after failing to pay rent amid accusations she ‘trashed the joint’ 

An awning at the rear of Chris Taranto's property lays in ruin

An awning at the rear of Chris Taranto's property lays in ruin

An awning at the rear of Chris Taranto’s property lays in ruin

Rubbish is strewn across the backyard of Chris Taranto's property

Rubbish is strewn across the backyard of Chris Taranto's property

Rubbish is strewn across the backyard of Chris Taranto’s property 

Mr Taranto claimed his air conditioner unit had been ripped off the wall, an awning torn off the house and garbage strewn ‘everywhere’. 

‘There is literally piss and sh*t everywhere,’ he said. ‘She just threw the cat s*it off the balcony. There was a giant pile of it just outside the house. I pulled 100 cat food cans out of the garden and the peel back lids.’

Mr Taranto said he could not step foot in the house for 10 minutes at a time without wanting to vomit. 

‘The kids have written all over the walls. Everywhere you look – the carpet is torn, light fittings are out of the garden when they were hardwired in.’

While Mrs Kelly admitted she had failed to pay her rent, she denied trashing Mr Taranto’s house. 

‘Yes I do owe the rent, I fully admit that – Chris will get his money but I’ll have to organise a payment plan, but I did not trash the house.’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

Ms Kelly said she paid $500 to have the home cleaned by an industrial cleaner, but Mr Taranto was not satisfied and refused a subsequent offer for them to try again. 

‘He refused. So what can you do,’ she said.  ‘I said whatever the costs are, that’s fine and … he refused.’

Ms Kelly further claimed the property had issues before she moved in and forked out $500 to fix a faulty fuse box when she couldn’t get a hold of Mr Taranto. 

‘The electrician said the meter box is dodgy and it’s going to blow and you have to contact your landlord about that because it is very, very unsafe,’ she said. 

‘So we were living in an unsafe house.’

More damage from within the home of Chris Taranto

More damage from within the home of Chris Taranto

More damage from within the home of Chris Taranto 

A broken air conditioner was found inside Chris Taranto's home

A broken air conditioner was found inside Chris Taranto's home

A broken air conditioner was found inside Chris Taranto’s home 

A couch was left in the front garden of Chris Taranto's rental property

A couch was left in the front garden of Chris Taranto's rental property

A couch was left in the front garden of Chris Taranto’s rental property

Ms Kelly further claimed ‘raw sewerage’ had been flowing from a kitchen sink, which she managed to divert herself through a pipe to the rear garden. 

‘There’s always two sides to every story and I said to Chris “I’m sorry about the rent”, but I did try to rectify the damage and obviously was happy to pay whatever he needed in regards to the cleaning,’ she said. 

Ms Kelly explained that much of the garbage pictured had been put outside for hard waste collection, which was collected days after she left. 

‘It was dirty when we moved in and I cleaned it from top to bottom when we were there,’ she said.

Ms Kelly said her son had caused some mess in the last two weeks of her tenancy when she had already moved to a new home. 

‘I wasn’t happy about that because he wasn’t keeping on top of the house where he needed to be,’ she said. 

Mr Taranto said he had little time for his former tenant’s excuses for the mess.  

‘It’s everyone else’s fault except hers,’ Mr Taranto said. ‘She’s nothing to blame. We’re getting double benefits (on unemployment) and they’re not paying me any money. They were probably taking home more money a week than me.’

Cans and junk littered the backyard of Chris Taranto's Saint Leonards property

Cans and junk littered the backyard of Chris Taranto's Saint Leonards property

Cans and junk littered the backyard of Chris Taranto’s Saint Leonards property 

Cans and rubbish left on the floor of Chris Taranto's Saint Leonards property

Cans and rubbish left on the floor of Chris Taranto's Saint Leonards property

Cans and rubbish left on the floor of Chris Taranto’s Saint Leonards property 

Damage to Chris Taranto's spa bath he claims was caused by Rebecca Kelly. Ms Kelly has denied accusations she trashed his house

Damage to Chris Taranto's spa bath he claims was caused by Rebecca Kelly. Ms Kelly has denied accusations she trashed his house

Damage to Chris Taranto’s spa bath he claims was caused by Rebecca Kelly. Ms Kelly has denied accusations she trashed his house

 Mr Taranto said despite Ms Kelly’s continued pledges to pay him back, he was yet to receive a brass razoo. 

‘I’ve not received a cent. She’s just stopped paying so now I have to go through the whole VCAT process again.’

Ms Kelly said she would welcome taking the challenge to VCAT.  

‘He’s not lost his business. There are pictures of Chris at his business when we re-opened in regional areas.’ 

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Victorian quarantine dodger is fined $5,000 in the Northern Territory

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A Victorian man has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for flouting the Northern Territory’s quarantine rules.

The 30-year-old was permitted to enter the NT to perform essential work on the proviso he isolated for 14-days after arrival.

But the man was not at his Darwin quarantine accommodation when compliance officers dropped by on Monday.

A Victorian man has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for flouting the Northern Territory's quarantine rules (file picture)

A Victorian man has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for flouting the Northern Territory's quarantine rules (file picture)

A Victorian man has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for flouting the Northern Territory’s quarantine rules (file picture)

‘He was contacted by police and was told to immediately return,’ a spokesman said Tuesday.

The man was later tested for COVID-19 and returned a negative result.

Officers issued him with a $5,056 fine for breaching his quarantine requirements.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man has been fined for failing to wear a mask in the Howard Springs quarantine facility after being repeatedly warned for not doing so.

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the NT Chief Health Officer’s directions is $25,280 for a business and $5,056 for an individual.

NT Police and Environmental Health Officers have conducted 32,955 compliance checks and 152 fines have been issued for breaching COVID-19 health directions.

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Hundreds of Centrelink workers will be forced to join the welfare queue after being SACKED

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Hundreds of workers have been fired without redundancy payouts only two months before Christmas

The 420 employees working as Centrelink call centre operators at Dandenong and Mill Park in suburban Melbourne were told on Tuesday their jobs no longer exist.

They won’t be given payouts because they were employed as casuals.  

Centrlink Call centre operators will be forced to join the queue for welfare payments from October 30  (Pictured: queues form outside the Centrelink office in Melbourne in March)

Centrlink Call centre operators will be forced to join the queue for welfare payments from October 30  (Pictured: queues form outside the Centrelink office in Melbourne in March)

Centrlink Call centre operators will be forced to join the queue for welfare payments from October 30  (Pictured: queues form outside the Centrelink office in Melbourne in March)

They will be forced to join the queue for welfare payments from October 30, in a move described as a ‘disgrace’ by the federal opposition. 

Workers were contracted to the Service Australia welfare department by the $2billion British Public Service group Serco. 

The company told workers on Tuesday they had lost the contract for after-hours processing with Services Australia, according to the Age.    

The 420 employees working as Centrelink call centre operators Dandenong and Mill Park in suburban Melbourne were told on Tuesday their jobs no longer exist (Pictured: stock image of call centre workers)

The 420 employees working as Centrelink call centre operators Dandenong and Mill Park in suburban Melbourne were told on Tuesday their jobs no longer exist (Pictured: stock image of call centre workers)

The 420 employees working as Centrelink call centre operators Dandenong and Mill Park in suburban Melbourne were told on Tuesday their jobs no longer exist (Pictured: stock image of call centre workers)

Worker Sinead McKinlay, 34, said even though it’s legal, it doesn’t seem fair to the workers. 

She said workers began to ‘feel sick’ as soon as they were told they were going to meet with managers. 

‘With our history with Serco, there is no trust. At a whim they shut us down, don’t pay us, cut us off. People knew something was coming,’ she said. 

‘There’s a lot of younger and older workers and workers with English as a second language. They will struggle in the job market and face financial hardship … I’m concerned for their mental health, for potential self-harm and family violence.’

Serco said it is hoping to explore the possibility of finding work for the displaced employees elsewhere. 

The Australian Services Union described the decision as ‘heartless’.

The union’s Victorian Branch secretary Matt Norrey, said workers are bearing the brunt of the company’s deteriorating business circumstances.  

Meanwhile Labor’s government services spokesman, Bill Shorten is demanding an explanation. 

‘The Morrison government preach a lot about Team Australia but are quite happy to give other Australians the boot,’ eh said. 

Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen told Daily Mail Australia in a statement they are not responsible for overseeing staffing.

‘It’s important to note our service delivery partners are, and have always been, responsible for managing their own staffing levels in order to meet the contracted work and other requirements,’ the spokesperson said. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Serco for comment.

Employees working for Serco were also asked to take leave without pay in July during an outbreak at a call centre in Mill Park.

About 450 staff were urged to apply for the Victorian government’s $1500 hardship payment when they were temporarily stood down. 

Australia’s unemployment rate was sitting at 6.9 per cent in September according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’s latest figures. 

In Victoria around 223,000 residents were out of work last month, around 6.7 per cent of the population.  

In Victoria around 223,000 residents were out of work last month, around 6.7 per cent of the population (pictured: a couple takes a walk along St Kilda's foreshore in Victoria)

In Victoria around 223,000 residents were out of work last month, around 6.7 per cent of the population (pictured: a couple takes a walk along St Kilda's foreshore in Victoria)

In Victoria around 223,000 residents were out of work last month, around 6.7 per cent of the population (pictured: a couple takes a walk along St Kilda’s foreshore in Victoria)

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Brawl between two crime families just days before Mejid Hamzy’s Sydney assassination probed by cops

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The older brother of Bassam Hamzy (Bassam pictured) was gunned down outside his duplex home on Monday morning in Condell Park, south-western Sydney

The older brother of Bassam Hamzy (Bassam pictured) was gunned down outside his duplex home on Monday morning in Condell Park, south-western Sydney

The older brother of Bassam Hamzy (Bassam pictured) was gunned down outside his duplex home on Monday morning in Condell Park, south-western Sydney

A violent brawl between two crime families may have sparked the execution of a notorious crime boss’ older brother who was gunned down outside his suburban home.

Police are hunting two gunmen after Mejid Hamzy, 44, was shot dead at Condell Park in south-western Sydney as he stepped outside the duplex he shared with his wife and young children at about 7.30am on Monday morning. 

His brother Bassam Hamzy is a convicted murderer serving a 40-year sentence behind bars – and the leader of the feared Brother’s 4 Life gang.

A police source said footage of the brawl on a south-west Sydney street showed a group connected to the Hamzy family fighting last week with a man who worked for the well-known Alameddine crime family.

High-profile Alameddine family member Talal Alameddine is jailed in the same prison as Bassam Hamzy – who traded blows in a vicious brawl in the Goulburn Supermax exercise yard in 2018.

Talal was earlier this year convicted of assaulting his fellow inmate, but the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions dropped a charge of affray against Hamzy in August 2019.

Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was gunned down outside his home at Condell Park about 7.30am on Monday morning, with police now hunting two gunmen over the attack

Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was gunned down outside his home at Condell Park about 7.30am on Monday morning, with police now hunting two gunmen over the attack

Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was gunned down outside his home at Condell Park about 7.30am on Monday morning, with police now hunting two gunmen over the attack

Footage has emerged of a brawl between a group connected to the Hamzy family fighting with a man who worked for the well-known Alameddine crime family

Footage has emerged of a brawl between a group connected to the Hamzy family fighting with a man who worked for the well-known Alameddine crime family

A source said the fight would have been over a drug turf dispute

A source said the fight would have been over a drug turf dispute

Footage has emerged of a brawl between a group connected to the Hamzy family fighting with a man who worked for the well-known Alameddine crime family

The fight pictured in the brawl would have been a dispute over rights to drug distribution that then spilled over, senior police officers said according to The Daily Telegraph.

‘Whether it sparked off the latest round of tit for tat confrontations is not exactly known, but it’s believed it certainly escalated things,’ a source said. 

In the wake of Mejid Hamzy’s slaying, police are now trying to locate those filmed in the brawl.

A source with close ties to Hamzy previously told Daily Mail Australia he was rocked by the news of his brother’s killing.

‘Look, he was shattered, he sees it as an act of cowardice, but as always Bassam remains strong and resilient,’ they said.  

The death is the second tragedy to rock the Hamzy family in the past few months.

The boys’ father Khaled Hamzy died in August after a long battle with illness, with the family’s most infamous member not allowed to attend the funeral or watch from jail.

It seems almost certain prison bosses will do the same for his brother’s farewell.

Several members of the Hamzy family name are synonymous with gangland crime in Australia.

It began in the 1990s when family patriarch Khaled was jailed for his role in a highly sophisticated drug syndicate.

His sons were quick to follow in his criminal footsteps, with Hamzy convicted in 1999 of the murder of a teenage boy outside a Sydney nightclub.

That was the first on what is now a long list of criminal offences committed by one of NSW’s most notorious criminals.

But while Bassam has garnered a lot of attention over the years, underworld sources told Daily Mail Australia in the wake of Mejid’s death that he too was ‘well connected’ in the crime world. 

Pools of blood and ripped clothing lie on the ground outside the house of a friend where Mejid Hamzy stumbled to after being shot in the front yard of his own home on Monday morning

Pools of blood and ripped clothing lie on the ground outside the house of a friend where Mejid Hamzy stumbled to after being shot in the front yard of his own home on Monday morning

Pools of blood and ripped clothing lie on the ground outside the house of a friend where Mejid Hamzy stumbled to after being shot in the front yard of his own home on Monday morning

‘Whoever pulled this stunt is a madman for sure. He (Mejid) is one of the biggest names in Sydney,’ they said.

‘Mejid is the one who made that family who they are today. Bassam is big but Mejid is a different breed.

‘This guy was well connected and loved by heaps of heavies. His crew won’t take this lightly.’

After several other high profile figures such as Wally Ahmad were killed or jailed, the void was filled by Mejid and his crew.  

There are now widespread fears his associates will seek retribution for his death, in a move that could spark an all out gang war in Sydney’s west.

So too may his brother who still wields massive influence on the outside from prison.

A forensic officer holds up a piece of black clothing outside the home where Mejid died about 7.30am on Monday

A forensic officer holds up a piece of black clothing outside the home where Mejid died about 7.30am on Monday

A forensic officer holds up a piece of black clothing outside the home where Mejid died about 7.30am on Monday

Blood stained shirts and other ripped clothing was taken away in evidence bags by NSW Police

Blood stained shirts and other ripped clothing was taken away in evidence bags by NSW Police

Blood stained shirts and other ripped clothing was taken away in evidence bags by NSW Police

Police and forensic officers spent much of Monday at the scene, with police tape only taken down to reopen the street late that night

Police and forensic officers spent much of Monday at the scene, with police tape only taken down to reopen the street late that night

Police and forensic officers spent much of Monday at the scene, with police tape only taken down to reopen the street late that night

In 2007, Bassam established the Brothers 4 Life gang from his jail cell before using a network of secret phones to coordinate their crimes – including a massive drug ring.

Seven years later in 2014, a gang war commenced between Hamzy associates and a man only known as XL, whose identity remains suppressed for legal reasons. 

Murdered gangster Mejid was believed to have been ­behind at least one underworld hit himself – the 2016 shooting of Hamad ­Assaad, a man known as ‘The Executioner’.

Murdered gangster Mejid (pictured) was believed to have been ­behind at least one underworld hit himself - the 2016 shooting of Hamad ­Assaad, a man known as 'The Executioner'

Murdered gangster Mejid (pictured) was believed to have been ­behind at least one underworld hit himself - the 2016 shooting of Hamad ­Assaad, a man known as 'The Executioner'

Murdered gangster Mejid (pictured) was believed to have been ­behind at least one underworld hit himself – the 2016 shooting of Hamad ­Assaad, a man known as ‘The Executioner’

A contract gunman, Assaad was believed to be the trigger man in the botched 2013 murder attempt on the Hamzy clan’s matriarch Maha, aunt of Mejid and his notorious brother Bassam.

Assaad was thought to have been paid by members of the ­Haouchar family – sworn enemies of the Hamzys.

But police believe Mejid – who had a loyal band of lieutenants – could have also had a hand in other shootings and bashings in Sydney over the past few years, and fear his assassination could ignite a fresh round of retaliation.

‘Where the next shot will come from and at whom is anyone’s guess,’ a senior police officer told The Daily Telegraph.

‘But you don’t shoot someone this high profile and not expect any retaliation.’

Mejid used to live nextdoor to underworld figure Safwan Charbaji when he was shot dead in a gunfight outside a Condell Park smash repair business in April 2016.

Mejid used to live nextdoor to underworld figure Safwan Charbaji when he was shot dead in a gunfight outside a Condell Park smash repair business in April 2016.

Charbaji was killed by crime boss Walid 'Wally' Ahmad who in turn was shot dead at Bankstown Central shopping centre three weeks later

Charbaji was killed by crime boss Walid 'Wally' Ahmad who in turn was shot dead at Bankstown Central shopping centre three weeks later

Mejid used to live nextdoor to underworld figure Safwan Charbaji (left) who was shot dead by fellow crime identity Wally Ahmad (right) after a gunfight in Condell Park in 2016

A burnt out car, believed to have been the one used by the two gunmen, was found on a nearby suburban street

A burnt out car, believed to have been the one used by the two gunmen, was found on a nearby suburban street

A burnt out car, believed to have been the one used by the two gunmen, was found on a nearby suburban street

He also cared for the four adult orphans of an uncle and aunt who had died some years earlier.

Mejid owned the property and kept a low profile, sometimes training at a park near his home.

The other half of the duplex was being rented by underworld figure Safwan Charbaji when he was shot dead in a gunfight outside a Condell Park smash repair business in April 2016.

Charbaji was killed by crime boss Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmad who in turn was shot dead at Bankstown Central shopping centre three weeks later.

NSW Police Homicide Squad detectives are now leading the investigation and are hunting two gunmen over the killing (Pictured are detectives and forensic police at the scene on Monday)

NSW Police Homicide Squad detectives are now leading the investigation and are hunting two gunmen over the killing (Pictured are detectives and forensic police at the scene on Monday)

NSW Police Homicide Squad detectives are now leading the investigation and are hunting two gunmen over the killing (Pictured are detectives and forensic police at the scene on Monday)

Ahmad, who ran the smash repair business where Charbaji was killed, lived in Townsend Street, near where Mejid was shot dead.

The cousin said Mejid had been shot outside his home and had run around the corner into Curtin Place where he died in front of a friend’s house.

‘I heard something, I thought it was fireworks man,’ he said of Monday’s gunfire.

‘When I heard the chopper I just came here straight away.’

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. 

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