Career criminal Terrence Blewitt fired fatal shot that killed underworld figure Graham Kinniburgh, a court has heard. Stephen Asling, 55, is accused of murdering Kinniburgh at his Kew home in December 2003. Photo: Paul Harris
An armed robber whose remains were believed to be have been found in Thomastown last week was named in court as the man who fired the fatal shot at underworld figure Graham “the Munster” Kinniburgh.
Career criminal Terrence Blewitt was connected to the killing of Kinniburgh, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
Stephen Asling, 55, is accused of murdering Kinniburgh at his Kew home in December 2003.
Investigators have not yet confirmed the identity of the skeletal remains found at a property in Thomastown last Thursday, however, it is believed they belong to Blewitt.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said Mr Blewitt fired the fatal shot at Mr Kinniburgh.
“It’s said that this accused is not the shooter,” he said. “Blewitt was the one who fired the fatal shots.”
He also asked Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, if another weapon was involved.
Mr Tinney said there was an indication that two firearms were involved in the killing.
Magistrate Rozencwajg also asked if the prosecution believed Blewitt had been found dead.
“It is a bit more than a belief now as I understand,” responded Mr Tinney.
Mr Asling appeared in court via video-link on Wednesday, repeatedly covering his face with his hands.
His defence counsel had previously sought a suppression order for the matter due to publicity about the Melbourne gangland war.
Along with murder, Mr Asling has been charged with stealing a car and then burning it on the day Mr Kinniburgh was killed.
Blewitt, who specialised in armoured car robberies, has not been seen since he went missing in April 2004.
Police believe he was part of a hit squad ordered to kill Kinniburgh by slain drug kingpin Carl Williams.
Considered an influential standover man, Kinniburgh was a lifelong friend of Judy Moran and her former husband Lewis. Mick Gatto was a pallbearer at his funeral.
He also had convictions for dishonesty, bribery, possession of firearms, resisting arrest and assaulting police.
The prosecution plans to call associates of Mr Asling as witnesses, most of whom were not identified in court.
A five-day contested committal will be heard from July 4.
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