Tough Nuts | Dino Dibra | The Sunshine Boy | S2E7

– Hey! Give this man a double Wild Turkey, neat. I’ll have a triple of the same. (laughing) Hey, Dino! How you goin’? Come over here, mate, have a line with me. Here. (laughing) How’s that? – Pretty fuckin’ pure, man, thanks. – No worries, I’m a generous man. But we need to talk. – I know, I know, it’s a bit slow. – There’s a limit to what
I can tolerate, Dino. You and your dumb friend
over there are into me for 40 large, and you’re
both fuckin’ idiots if you think I’m gonna
let this thing slide. – Come on, man. Carl’s been shifting so much product he’s flooded the market. I just need some time. – You’ve been watching
to many movies, mate. Your problems are not my fuckin’ problems. I just want my money. – Give us another week. Charlie, you can wear it. You got 10 grand here
tracked out along the bar, what do you fuckin’ care? – I don’t fuckin’ care. Two days, then we go to war. You got two days. Now get the fuck outta here, huh? Start sellin’ before you get hurt. – You wanna go to fuckin’ war, old man? – Come on, Dino, man, let’s go. – Get the fuck outta here, boy. – Come on, he’s not worth it. – Two days! – That old bastard. Who the fuck does he think he is? – It’s Mad Charlie, that’s who it is. You’re gonna have to pay him, mate, he’ll come after you. – Fuck paying him. I know where the cunt lives. – Hey, this is Mad Charlie
you’re talking about, mate. He knocked off more blokes
than you knocked off chicks. – Bull fuck. I don’t care who he is. It’s either me or him, and
it might as well be him. I’m knocking him tonight. – Where? – His house. – You’ll never do it. He’s got security up his ass. – Just watch me, alright, let’s go. – Hey, mate. This is a big step, mate. – Mate, I’m a big guy. You fuckin’ old bastard. (beeping) You want a fuckin’ war,
I’ll give you a fuckin’ war. War’s over, Charlie. You lose. (gunshots) (gunshot) – Meet Dino Dibra, the Sunshine Boy. Savage gangster at 13, jailed at 19, a killer at 23, and dead by 25. (rock music) Welcome to Tough Nuts,
Australia’s Hardest Criminals. I’m Tara Moss. Tonight we delve into the
facts behind the fiction and discover the truth
about Melbourne gangster, Dino Dibra. Dibra was a man in a hurry. In his teens, he was blood
brothers with a gang of thugs, including notorious future
killer, Andrew Benji Venimen. By his 20’s he was a violent
and volatile drug dealer, involved in murder,
extortion, and kidnapping. Tonight through dramatized
scenes, first-hand accounts, and detailed analysis
of his life and crimes, we meet a reckless, ruthless thug who died at the end of
his best friend’s gun. – Dino Dibra was a vile
and gangster wannabe. That’s all he ever wanted
to be was a gangster. – I’m gonna be the Godfather. Don Dino. – There’s a number of statements
in history that we discount the check’s in the mail
and honor amongst thieves. There’s no such thing. (gunshot)
(yelling) – Dino Dibra was a
young, gun-crazy, deluded menace to society, really. – A gun down your pants,
you could be a bigshot too, and Dino was convinced that he would be the biggest shot of them all. – When you’ve got bloody lunatics all on this and that and whatever, you gotta be on your toes. – He was a man who would shoot anyone dead for no reason at all. He was an absolute criminal lunatic. – Between 1998 and August, 2010, 36 criminal figures were
murdered in Melbourne as rival gangs battled it out for control over the city’s lucrative underworld. Dibra’s gang, the Sunshine Boys, wanted their share of the spoils. For these young guns, extreme violence was always the first option, and when the smoke finally cleared, nearly a third of the 36 deaths were blamed on the Sunshine Boys, or were Sunshine Boys themselves. – Well this was Scarface
in the suburbs, you know? He was part of a small team of guys who were all together in high
school, even earlier than that, who believed they were
gonna be the biggest team in Australia and they end up falling to murder and double cross and subterfuge. He was just a young Albanian kid that would be a gangster, wannabe gangster. He was living the dream there for a while, he made enough money to
start living the dream. – We was brash, he was
bold, he was over the top, he was full of juice. He’d pull a gun as soon
as he’d scratch his nose. He’d use it to benefit himself. – [Tara] Bert Wrout is
one of the few survivors of the Melbourne gangland war, having been shot and
nearly killed in 2004. – We were another generation. Now these kids came along,
made their money through drugs, did their business, fueled their drugs, made a huge impact, but
then, how long did they last before someone knocked ’em or they stepped on someone’s toes. The were flashy in the pants but they were vicious. They had no scruples. – Only just out of his teens, Dibra already had a long police record, and was into everything: drugs, car rebirthing, theft, extortion, and assaulting police. He was a gangster in a hurry, and according to forensic
psychologist Steven Barron, took his biggest step
on November 23rd, 1998, when he murdered “Mad” Charlie Higali. – Dino aspires to be
a modern day gangster, in other words, he can do, within reason, whatever he wants to do. Being part of the underworld allows multiple opportunities to do that. You can earn obscene amounts
of money by drug distribution, you can start running your own crews, you can start becoming a
small cog in a larger machine, but in the end it comes
down to street credibility. Killing someone else who
has openly threatened him, openly chastised him,
openly embarrassed him, would simply encourage
him to go the next step. – He developed his nickname, Mad Charlie, after biting someone’s nose off in a fight when he was a young man. Basically he was a man
who had no compassion, no remorse, he was extremely violent, and had that reputation amongst the criminal underworld in Melbourne. – He was tied up with businessmen, he was tied up in the drug scene, and most probably he
would be one of the most whittling blokes you’d come across. – If basically someone challenged him, he would produce a gun, he
would shoot that person. So when Dino Dibra came
across Mad Charlie, there was only one way it was gonna end, either Mad Charlie was gonna shoot Dino, or Dino was gonna shoot Mad Charlie. – He had spent a massive
session out in a few pubs down around Caulfield and St. Kilda. – Hey, give this man a
double Wild Turkey, neat. I’ll have a triple of the same. – Was getting rather loud and
belligerent with his group and had been asked I think
to leave a couple of pubs. According to phone records,
Mad Charlie phoned Dino Dibra. – Hey Dino! How you goin’? Come over here, mate, have a line with me. – It’s an absolute fluke
and freak of nature that he was clever enough
to sneak on Mad Charlie. Charlie would have filled him full of lead had he had a second’s drop on him. – Look, he lost his head,
he lost his awareness. His house was very secure, very fortified, someone still managed to lie in wait and ambush him as he
arrived home that night. – You want a fuckin’ war,
I’ll give you a fuckin’ war. – He was just hidden in
the bushes and Charlie must have just had a little
bit to much to drink. You shouldn’t drink in hotels, Charlie. People that drink in hotels
and get drunk in hotels end up dying. – You lose. (gunshots) – He received several shots to the head and died on his pathway, where I think his wife saw him in their video monitor when she awoke the next morning. – [Tara] Forensic psychologist Sandy Rea believes Dibra would have been excited about making his first kill. – He would have loved it
because this is his chance to prove what a big boy he is. He would have been absolutely on. That’s what part of the gang behavior is, I’ve gotta prove myself,
and here’s my chance to show you I can go up to the next level. – Once you’ve decided
that people don’t matter outside of this very
small group of people, everybody else is just them, it’s not really all that important
whether they live or die. – I would suggest that
it’s probably something they saw in the movies. It’s only a question of being patient. Having the right weapon and being patient. Charlie was careless,
and all careless people end up in the cemetery. (gunshot) – With the murder of
Mad Charlie, Dino Dibra had truly graduated from Sunshine Boy into full-blown gangster. In underworld terms,
he had made his bones. After the break, we take a look at what turned the son of
hard working immigrants into a lethal street hood. – Rule number three, Dino. – Never betray a brother. – If any of us breaks these rules, they’ll break the blood bond
and be cast out forever. – Welcome back to Tough Nuts,
and the story of Dino Dibra, the Sunshine boy. Dibra was born to an Albanian
Muslim family in 1975 and grew up in the Melbourne
suburb of Sunshine, a multicultural melting pot, settled by immigrants from
as far afield as Europe, South America, Sudan, Burma, and India. Sunshine boomed for years,
but as manufacturing declined in the 1970’s, unemployment rose, leaving behind massive
socio-economic disadvantage and creating a generation of
kids who grew up in poverty. – They grew up there, often their parents didn’t speak very good English. Dino’s parents certainly didn’t, I’ve met them and they struggle a bit with English and so forth. So you have these
situations where these boys are more adept at being Australians because they have mixed in school, they’ve mixed in the streets
and the sporting fields and so forth. So they’re more adept at
being Australian, if you like, than their parents. – Well Sunshine is just a
western suburb shithole. They all got around Sunshine,
they woulda grown up together, playin’ Space Invaders together, gone to the movies together, everyone saw Scarface in Sunshine. They all saw Scarface the movie, everyone pretended they were Tony Montana. – In Sunshine where the demographic is a large immigrant population, the children of those immigrant families often find their own ways of
establishing relationships. For Dino, it was about
being part of the gang. These kids, these boys, get together, they express shared values and they start building this small gang
based on shared values of brotherhood, that’s what Dino does. – [Tara] Dibra’s gang
were made up of friends from primary and secondary school, including Andrew “Benji” Venimen, who would later kill multiple times, and Mark Mallia, who
became a feared drug dealer and enforcer. The boys were mentored by convicted killer and martial arts champion,
Paul Kallipolitis. – One thing you could say, school teachers don’t
get paid enough money to have people like that
in their class, do they? Who know what brings
them together other than a common interest and their
common interest was crime and involved in violent crime. – Kallopolitis was
trained in martial arts. He was a ferocious fighter. A very violent human being and it was he who basically established
the apprenticeships for these very serious criminal figures. – And he was getting involved
in hydroponic marijuana, car rebirthing, different
things like that. And these boys were
willing helpers to that. And I’d say they idolized
him and they would do anything for him, you know. – [Tara] Forensic
psychologist David Mutton believes the development of Dibra’s gang followed a classic pattern. – Youth gangs only flourish when there is an older person there guiding them. They really exist in a vacuum. They really exist by their own. So they would certainly
need someone like Paul to be able to guide
them, to encourage them. To start with, they would
probably commit fairly lower level, antisocial sort of crimes. And then it would escalate into assaults and then robberies. So they need an older person, a bit of a Svengali there to manage that process. To bring this out of them. – Dibra’s gang were from mixed ethnic and religious backgrounds. Dibra was Muslim Albanian. Benji Veniamin was Greek Cypriot, and Mark Mallia was Maltese. However, under the guidance
of Paul Kallipolitis, they would soon become blood brothers. – This is how the mafia does it. – Ouch. Does it hurt? – No. When they make a guy a new member, they draw blood. Swear by the rules and they’re baptized. You know, in the mafia. – Fuck the mafia. – PK said we should do this together. – PK’s Greek, we don’t
follow the Italians. – Who put you in charge, Benji? – I’m not in charge, I
just wanna do it our way. PK would, too. Hold out your hands. No, left hand, closest to your heart. (gasping) (gasping) There are three rules. – One in, all in. – [All] One in, all in. (hitting) – Rule number two. – Always chop in your brothers. – [All] Always chop in your brothers. – Rule number three, Dino. – Never betray a brother. – [All] Never betray a brother. – If any of us breaks these rules, they’ll break the blood bond and be cast out forever. – We’re brothers now. We’ll never be defeated. We’re gonna take over this fucking city and live like those rich Toorak bastards. – I guess it must have seemed almost like innocent fun at times. Taking on local shop keepers. Fights at school. When they’re all in school together, they’d walk into the classroom
in designer track suits and the teacher would say, “well you’ll “all never amount to anything.” And they’d say, “well we already are. “We’re already on our way, “we’re gonna be the biggest
team and you watch us.” All this kind of stuff. – School times impeded
their progress in crime. They’d be out, most probably stealing from letter boxes, parked cars. And they would be making
sometimes more money than their father would make
in one shift at a factory. – Kallapolitis knew that
there would be tensions and dramas between them. So it was must better to share the spoils. Even if it came out to women or drugs, or whatever it was, you
chopped your mates in. – Rule number two. – Always chop in your brothers. – They created bonds between them. And also, if you had
a criminal opportunity and one of them wasn’t in it, well he might just turn
around and lag you as well. – [Tara] The Sunshine Boys were children of the 20th century and
had absorbed all the gangster imagery they’d seen
on TV and at the cinema. – Blood rituals have been
around for generations and they often come from
more primitive societies and it often means things like the death of the old life and
the rebirth of the new life. Now I think with gangs
in the 20th century, I think it’s just one big cliche. They’ve seen it on the television, they’ve seen it on the movies, and they wanna be like them,
so I think it’s a cliche of “yeah, we’re in a gang
now, let’s exchange blood.” – If any of us breaks these rules, they’ll break the blood bond
and be cast out forever. – They were a real handful at school. They were all asked to leave. And at this time they were involved in car rebirthing records. As the years went by,
but still as teenagers, Dibra, Veniamin, Mallia,
they were involved in basically setting up hydroponic cannabis grown in homes. Routinely take $40,000
a year out of a house that was just growing pot. – By his mid teens, Dibra and his gang were well and truly on the police radar. By 16 he was facing theft
and reckless driving charges. And one officer who
tussled with him during an arrest had his car blown up shortly after. Former detective Brian Murphy believes there’s only one way to deal with criminals like Dino Dibra. – These blokes only
respect superior force. They’re like animals. If you get a dog that’s uncontrollable, you either can train it or you’ve gotta use force on it, to behave itself. You’ve gotta get right up in their face, you’ve gotta tell ’em what the rules are, and if they break the
rules, you break them. – [Tara] Former Underworld
figure, Chopper Read, believes in even swifter justice. – You see a 16 year old kid gettin’ around with gold chains and a
hand gun, you shoot him. You don’t let him become 17. (laughing) You’ve got a loaded hand gun, and he’s 16, he’s walkin’ around and
swingin’ it around the place, well you go pop, you know. Don’t matter that he’s
16, too bad for you. You don’t let him become 17. – Dino Dibra did make it to 17, but he almost didn’t make it past 21. When we return, the
Sunshine Boys self implode, and Dino Dibra takes two
barrels of his own medicine. – Fess up, Dino. – You dogged him. Now you tell me why I shouldn’t
put a couple into you. – I fuckin’ dare you, Veniamin. – Welcome back to Tough Nuts and the story of Dino Dibra, the Sunshine Boy. In 1992, Dibra picked
up his first conviction for resisting police and
escaping lawful custody. A year later, he was charged
with a number of offenses, including reckless
conduct, endangering life, and reckless and unlicensed driving. For Dibra and the Sunshine
Boys, crime was a joke, and getting caught was
just part of the fun. But if Dibra was ever to
become a real gangster, it was time to start
looking beyond Sunshine. – Melbourne back then,
like most major cities around the western world, it had various groups of people who liked to think they control various geographical areas. As always happens, greed
takes over and one or two of the small time players decides to pick their own team and muscle in anyone up with a two four. – In the 90s, I suppose, the mid 90s, things like that, drugs were becoming bigger
and bigger and bigger. The younger gang got into drugs. With that come all the drama. The brutality, whatever you wanna call it, and things became a hell of
a lot more messed up then. – [Tara] In an effort to
become serious players in Melbourne, Dibra and his
gang started hanging around with the notorious Carlton
gangster, Alphonse Gangitano. Gangitano already had at
least one murder to his name and was part of a loose
confederation of criminals and other men with serious reputations. They included Jason and Mark Moran and their father, Lewis. Graham Kinniburgh, and
Domenic “Mick” Gatto. – Dino Dibra first met up
in Carlton, who he used to knock around with Alphonse
and his entourage. He was being used by them to do a lot of their dirty work. He wanted to ingratiate himself with the Carlton crew. At that time was Alphonse and his stooges and he thought to become a part of it, he would practically do anything for them. And they paid him a
wage of it now and then and he was quite happy with that. And he got back in western
suburbs and tell them all how like he was to be
a friend of Alphonse’s. – [Tara] Despite his
new, powerful friends, Dibra never forgot his blood brothers. – They felt 10 foot tall and bulletproof when they were together. Particularly Veniamin
and Dibra branched off and started a cannabis
cartel, and they were making a lot of money out of that. They were also involved
in a lot of gun play. There were a hell a lot
of kneecappings going on. Anyone who stood in their
way, they’d pretty much use violence and extortion to profit, and rule those western suburbs. – One night in 1994,
Veniamin and Dibra were cruising around Port
Melbourne, looking for a car to steal for
their rebirthing racket. Rebirthing was easy money. The boys would buy a wreck at auction, then steal an identical vehicle to cannibalize for parts and soon the wreck would be miraculously reborn. For the boys, it was a normal job. Until they discovered the
car that they had stolen belonged to a policeman. – It all started when Benji and Dino were asked to fill an order
for a car rebirthing operation for a VN Calais Holden. They found one in Port Melbourne, they stole it, not
realizing it was actually an off duty policeman’s
car, which had a laptop computer in the boot. Benji was all for selling
it to the Carlton crew, ’cause this would be useful information for gangsters who wanted
to know about police. But Dino, no, no. Dino wanted to make a big scene, he wanted to make a big show. So they got the address of a prominent undercover police officer, and
drove past his house one day. Then he was out there in
the front yard and so forth, and they waved to this copper, slow, royal wave, and
that was the beginning of the end of their relationship. From there they were picked up, they were put in a cell with another man who Dino began to boast
about what they’d done. He was in fact an undercover
policemen or informer, and so they were busted. – [Tara] When Veniamin
received 12 months jail and Dibra got less, it
appeared to the Sunshine boys that Dibra has
indeed ratted them out. – So this was now a great
wedge between the group. And they had sworn that they
were gonna be the biggest team in Australia but now, it
was gonna be poisonous, this toxic environment
just got worse and worse. – The gang were convinced Dibra had broken one of the most sacred rules. Revenge would be bloody and extreme. – [Veniamin] I’ll put it to
you now that you’re a fuckin’ dog who shot me to the jacks. – That’s bullshit. – [Veniamin] And you’d do it
again if you had the chance. – I hate the jacks as much as you do. – I got 12 months for jackin’ that car, and you got a slap on the wrist. – They kicked the shit out of me and I still said nothing. I still got a lump on
the back of my skull. – Well how come I got 12 months, you dog? – I had a good judge, you had a hard ass. What else can I say? – Fess up, Dino. You dogged him. – Now you tell me why I shouldn’t put a couple into you. – I fuckin’ dare you, Veniamin. I’m a big wheel now. You wouldn’t last five minutes. – You’re an idiot. We could be top crew in Melbourne now, bigger than Gangitano’s,
but you fucked that. – No, I never. – Shut up. We had a bond and you broke it. – Bullshit. – Never betray a brother? You betrayed us all, you cocksucker. You gotta knock him. If you don’t kill this prick, he’s gonna back up on us. – Come on, mate. Mate, we’ve known each
other since grade four. – [Man] Do it. If he had tow on him, he’d
blow us both away in a second. – Benji. Benji, we’re brothers. – I’m gonna have to shoot you, mate. I can’t let you get
away with what you did. (gunshot)
(yelling) – You prick! Untie me. – One more. – No, mate, please. (gunshot)
(yelling) (gasping) – You broke the bond, you dog. Drive him to the hospital. – What’s this? A taxi service for fuckin’ dogs? – Just fuckin’ drive him. – Benji you know this
prick’s gonna back up on us. – We’ll see. – Who needs enemies when you’ve
got friends like they had. It was like a nest of vipers, they’d turn on each other. They were kneecapping each other, they were kneecapping other people. And it grew to a point where they all got so big that they couldn’t coexist within their own group. – Benji decided he had to
do something about Dino, under pressure from other people. So they grabbed him one day,
there was a kangaroo court, and Benji walked around like the QC. He’d seen people due in court and so forth and he said to Dibra, “well you’re a dog. “You have to pay the price now.” – Benji. Benji, we’re brothers. – I’m gonna have to shoot you, mate. I can’t let you get
away with what you did. – Others on the scene urged Benji to kill him at that moment. – You gotta knock him. If you don’t kill this prick, he’s gonna back up on us. – But he wouldn’t do it because the bonds of friendship was still there. Benji really hadn’t fully matured into what he would become, which was pretty much a heartless killer, so Dino was spared. – Drive him to the hospital. – What’s this? A taxi service for fuckin’ dogs? – Just fuckin’ drive him. – [Tara] Dibra’s arrogant
boasting had inadvertently destroyed the bonds of blood and trust that kept the gang together. – The establishment of the gang was about mutual trust and
recognition, but also about mutual recognition about each other having parts of the gang. Shared measure of the gang. But the difficulty arises as soon as one gang member thinks that Dino, for example,
is giving information in return for a softer sentence or no prosecution, the trust is gone. Their personalities are ones that are fairly out of control anyway, and so it’s only a matter of time when the tensions within the gang are going
to make the gang fall apart. They’re living for the moment, they’re having a great lot of fun. A lot of adrenaline, a lot of stimulation. All that draws them together
but it also, at the same time, it’s a force that’s probably
tearing them apart as well. – You broke the bond, you dog. – There’s no place in
this world for wimps, so you’re going to have
to be pretty full on in order for people to
treat you with any respect, and that’s one of the
key issues in that group would be this concept of respect that “you have to respect me and
the only way to respect me “is to know what happens
to you if you don’t.” (gunshot)
(yelling) – You prick! – In the style of the
gangsters he idolized, Dibra had taken his punishment and with the debt of honor and blood paid, Dibra and Veniamin
resumed their friendship, although he’d lost the
gang’s trust forever. After the break, Dibra
discovers a taste for coke, and makes a move into the
lucrative party drugs market. – Them Carlton boys love me. And any other bastard who gets in the way, gets this. – Welcome back to Tough Nuts and Dino Dibra, the Sunshine Boy. In late 1996, after a
string of traffic offenses, Dibra was finally sentenced
to 18 months imprisonment and given a five year driving ban. He was condemned for
having one of the worst driving records the
magistrate had ever seen. Prison did nothing to curb Dibra’s ways and he was back terrorizing
the streets again by mid 1997, wracking
up further convictions for unlicensed and careless driving, and failing to answer bail. – When you go to jail, you meet up with other hardened criminals. Which, it’s like a college. The college of knowledge. And for Dino it was about
cementing relationships with people, it was about
being in the right team and so forth, and when he came out, he was ready to go, and Paul
Kallopolitis, I believe, helped him set up again
in the hydro business, doing marijuana. So there was a car for
him, there was money, there was a shack to do his hydro in. – [Tara] Hydroponic cannabis
was a lucrative business. But Dibra quickly realized
there was far more money to be made dealing synthetic drugs. He also started dabbling himself. Dangerous entertainment for someone with unlimited access to drugs. Paul Dillon has worked in
the drug education field for almost 25 years. – One of the main problems that drug distribution networks have,
is that many of the drugs are provided in crops. So we have cannabis, cocaine, and heroin that are all linked to plant material. The group of synthetic drugs
that don’t have a crop cycle, are the amphetamine
group, which of course, if you can manufacture
them all year round, you’re going to increase
your profit margins. – [Tara] Synthetic drug
use in Melbourne exploded at the turn of the
century as the dance music revolution hit. Two of the city’s biggest
players were the Moran brothers, Jason and Mark. They were also responsible for bringing a young Carl Williams
into the drug business. – Williams was handed a speed factory. He was handed control of a fucking, you might as well have just
gone and got the local retard, and put him in charge. “Here, here’s the keys to a speed factory. “And press that button and $250,000 “will come out the other end.” And he was only making Jason Moran’s stuff for two days a week and he was making his own stuff for the
other two days a week. And, Jason Moran couldn’t figure it out. – It’s now well documented how they fell out. Jason, Mark, and Carl. Jason popped Carl in the stomach, and Carl had an overriding hatred and wanted revenge. Carl ended up in the
boob over various things. Hooked up with all the jackies and robbers, et cetera, et cetera. Shit men is what I call them. Absolute shit men. – Williams, who has been a big player, in another organization
for one of a better term and he decided he was destined for bigger and better things. And of course we all know what
ultimately happened to him. He didn’t get to cash in
his superannuation, either. – A wannabe gangster like Dibra would have been irresistibly
drawn to players like the Morans and Carl Williams. Particularly as he had begun to wear out his welcome with Alphonse Gangitano and the Carlton crew. Dibra had discovered cocaine, a drug which made him even more reckless and volatile than usual. Money and drugs were sending the boys, who’d sworn lifelong
fidelity, their separate ways. – Cracks started to splinter the group. And they started following
different allegiances. Veniamin was very much
attracted to the Carlton crew. – Benji had made it his life’s work to be part of the Carlton crew. He’d made a connection through another guy who had business in Sunshine, so he was now ingratiated into the
system, but he was respectful. He regarded the people he was meeting, like Mick Gatto and so
forth, as father figures. He wanted to be close to them. He was full of respect. – I think Dibra still
felt some sort of affinity with his local friends, and a new up and coming
group that was being run by Carl Williams. – He starts to build
relationships with gangsters who have real credentials,
real street credentials. The Radevs and the Williams’. But in essence, those people are using him for what he provides, and
that is a distribution point. But he thinks that he has
a status in this big gang, and unfortunately he’s
simply just being used. – As one of Williams’
lieutenants, Dibra began dealing in Melbourne’s clubs, but
he was using almost as much coke as he was selling,
and was beginning to lose what little control he had left. (snorting) (gasping) – The world is fuckin’ mine. I’m on a roll man. I’m gonna be number one
in this fuckin’ town. – Yeah. – I’m moving Carl’s
kilo, a truckload, man. It’s selling like fuckin’… A hot shit. Them Carlton boys love me. And any other bastard who gets in the way, gets this. I’m gonna be the godfather, Don Dino. – I’m not kissing you on the ring, man. – You’re Fredo, mate. You dumb prick. I’m the Don and you’re fuckin’ Fredo. – Nah, man, Fredo died. He gets like wasted on the
lake in the second movie. – Yeah. His call. That’s the way it’s gotta be. (snorting) (coughing) Anyone that gets in the way is fucked. Don Dino takes no fuckin’… – Prisoners, man. – No. Shit. Not from no one, eh. Not from you, not from Carl, not from those plastic
mafia boys down in Carlton. I’m gonna be the boss of everyone, man. Everyone. – See that’s what Alphonse said and look at him now, he’s like, fertilizing the daises. – Gangitano was a weak cunt. No fuckin’ dash. – Bull’s ass, man, he had a ton of dash. He was just like, fuckin’ stupid. – Shut the fuck up, Fredo. – Easy on the Fredo, man. – I’ll call you whatever I want, Fredo. – He was on the coke. He was full of bravado,
full of confidence. He would say anything, do anything. There were incidents
where he was on the coke, he would get police officers to chase him, just for the fun of it, you know. – I think the same thing
probably did happen that happened in most of the groups. They all got to like their
own product too much. It was there for the taking. Money was no object, and I think their brains all got stuffed with the drugs. – The world is fuckin’ mine. – Cocaine will make him
detached, delusional, paranoid, no doubt entering psychotic episodes. What we call derealization of perspective. It depersonalizes more
and more what is going on in their world. I guess their tolerance
for violence just increases and increases. – [Tara] Heavy cocaine use meant Dibra was also beginning to lose
what little connection he had with real life. The line between fantasy
and reality was becoming increasingly blurred. – I’m told that Dibra’s
bedroom was filled with movie posters. One scene that summed
him up perfectly was when he walked out of Melbourne
magistrate’s court one day and told us that he’d just
watched Reservoir Dogs one too many times. And that was the sort of dream
world in which he was living. He probably thought he was Mr. Bond and he could just run right
and get away with things. – [Tara] High on drugs
and his own self belief, Dibra’s recklessness was
rapidly making him enemies. – He just had no fear. He had no fear of members
of the Underworld, he had no fear of members
of Victoria Police. He built a reputation
within the nightclub scene as a feed thug. – A guy like Dino felt like he was a boss. He was gonna be much bigger than them, therefore he didn’t need to show respect. – I’m gonna be the boss of everyone, man. Everyone. – This started to push
these guys apart as well. That Benji could no longer afford to have a guy like Dino around. I mean, there was a
classic example in 1998 at the Dome nightclub in Purana. Dino was with a group of people that ended up shooting a bouncer
there and maiming him. And this caused a huge amount of drama and for no good reason. – Had hold of the gun, popped
two answers at close range. Miraculously didn’t kill them. I think one of the bouncer
copped a round in the leg, and another bouncer copped
a round in his abdomen. – So, you know, people
can be afraid of you, but in the long term,
someone’s gonna round on you. – Despite being the main
suspect for the brawl and the shootings, Dibra was never charged and was left free on
the streets of Melbourne to continue his chaotic and
unpredictable crime spree. After the break, Dibra
and an old friend become the target of police
operation, New Market, and Dibra commits yet another impulsive and irrational crime. – He say anything about me? – He said, if he ever sees
either of us ever again, we’re both off. – Welcome back to Tough Nuts and Dino Dibra, the Sunshine Boy. 1998 turned out to be a big
year for a young gangster building a serious reputation. Dibra had made his first
kill and had been ring leader in the Dome Nightclub shooting. He was also gaining a
group of new followers, ready to fight or shoot on his command. And Dibra’s old ties of
blood were still holding. In 1999 police received
information he was back working with childhood
friend, Benji Veniamin. – This information comes
from a secret police report that was submitted when
they wanted to start up the investigation into Dino Dibra and Andrew Veniamin’s cannabis cartel. The police report described
Dibra and Veniamin as quote, “two of Sunshine’s
most notorious criminals. “Both Dibra and Veniamin have significant, “violent criminal histories. “They were both involved
in shooting incidents “and numerous hydroponic
cannabis crop houses “in the Sunshine suburb district.” – [Tara] Journalist and author Adam Shand understands how a gang
like the Sunshine Boys can break up and reunite
despite betrayal and violence. – You prick! – Like all these friendships,
they’re very conditional. And your enemy yesterday
could be your friend tomorrow if there was a dollar in it or you had common cause
against a third party. It was very confusing. It was a game of three dimensional chess. These boys didn’t play
chess, but if they did, that’s the way it was. People were colliding with
each other on different planes if you’d like. It got to the stage where, other people were saying to Benji, “well,
you’ve called this bloke a dog, “but you’re hanging out with him now. “What’s that about?” – Veniamin and Dibra’s new hydroponics venture didn’t last long. In March, police raided Dibra’s home and found a cannabis
crop and two loaded guns. He received bail on the condition that he report twice daily to police. Despite being under police surveillance, by May, Dibra had
returned to his hydroponic cannabis business, always reckless. In August, he decided to
kidnap stand over man, Mad Richard Mladenich in broad daylight. – He was the loudest bloke in Penrith. I took the top of his head
off with a garden spade. (phoosh) Like that. I took the top of his
skull right off like that, lifted it up, you could see the brain. And he said he’d fell over
and hit his head on a rock. And they’d say, (laughing). And so they said to him,
“well if you’re not prepared “to make a stab against Chopper Read, “we’re not prepared to
get taken to court.” (laughing) – Boys. Vodka, mate. How’s it going? – Hey, lookie here. Spade Brain. – You caught up with
Chopper Read yet, mate? Maybe he’ll give you your skull back. – Like sew it back on. Yeah, docs can do wonders these days. – Hey boys, watch your fuckin’ mouths, eh? – Yeah? – Shit yeah. You know I’m with the Morans. – Bullshit. – I’m lookin’ after Mark, making sure he doesn’t come to any grief from shit men like you. – So where’s Mark? He give you the day off? – I’m on 24 hour call. Lookin’ to get on, man. Little bit of Lou Reed, Charlie. If there’s any goin’,
are you boys carrying? – Eight bowl for 500. Come to the car. Hey, you’re not lookin’
for a piece, are ya? I got some nine millimeter
action goin’ on. Real quality shooters. – Yeah, yeah. You could pistol whip a cunt all day long, and it still fires straight as a die. – Show me. – It’s in the boot. – See that box there? Right behind the weight. Here, just in there. (groaning) Make him stop moving. – Get the cuffs on him. He’s a strong cunt. – What the fuck you think you’re doin’? – Didn’t you hear him? He’s a bodyguard for the Morans. – Yeah, I fuckin’ heard him. I know when the Morans after me. – No. We’ll hold him for ransom. The Morans are fuckin’ loaded. – Fuck. Which of you boys are
gonna let me chop after? – Fucking spilled the
blow everywhere you idiot. – Alright, just pull up over here. I’ll try to tidy it up. – [Dibra] How much do you
think Mick’s gonna pay for him? – [Man] I don’t know. (rock music) Oh, he’s fucking gone on. (hitting) Okay, we’re officially stuffed. – 80 grand too much? – He told me to get fucked. – He say anything about me? – He said, if he ever sees
either of us, ever again, we’re both off. – What about him? – He doesn’t need a bodyguard. And even if he did, why would
he get this junkie on board? – You fuckin’ lied to me, you prick. (hitting) – This was amateur hour, this kidnapping. And it showed exactly what sort of clowns and manics these guys were. I mean, they’ve kidnapped
this guy in broad daylight. Punched him, kicked
him, pistol whipped him, barreled him into a boot. – He’s been in a boot before because he realizes there’s an
emergency opening switch and pops the boot and jumps out. So they stop the car, and
this is in Footscray Road, full daylight, people watching. And they chase the bloke,
give him a few biffos and stick him back in
boot and off they go. And they think, “well
what do we do with him? “What do they do in the movies? “Oh well they ring up and the ransom him.” – 80 grand too much? – He told me to get fucked. – When they get no joy,
they bring it down and down, and suddenly it’s $5,000. – Little did they know,
was that the police had the house bugged because of the Dome Nightclub incident and that investigation. I mean, they just had no forethought. They had no idea about
police tactics or techniques or the plausibility to get onto crooks and then investigate them. – And then in the end, the
police stormed the place and poor old Mladnich is there and he gets released and the whole thing is a complete joke. – Who did he think was
gonna pay the ransom? What drugs was Dibra takin’ that told him that there was any money
involved in Mladenich? If you’re gonna kidnap anyone on Earth why would you kidnap Richard Mladenich? – Why would he get this junkie on board? – You fuckin’ lied to me, you prick. (hitting) – [Tara] Forensic psychologist
David Mutton believes Dibra’s behavior indicates he
may have been a psychopath. – Psychopathic people often
don’t care about the future. It’s living for the moment, and needing to be
stimulated for the moment, ’cause these sort of characters
need a lot of stimulation. – Dino shows in his behavior,
even for a young boy, the inability to problem solve. The inability to plan. All his crimes are crimes of impulse, they’re crimes of opportunity, he didn’t think of the consequences. – I think from his adolescent days, he was probably addicted to excitement. He was addicted to adrenaline. He was addicted to impulse, and maybe this was the flowering
of that in his adulthood. – Dino Dibra and two
other men were charged with the kidnapping and
assault of Richard Mladenich. But the insanity continued. In May 2000, Dibra became prime suspect after Richard Mladenich was murdered. Then only two months
later, Dibra was involved in a gun crazy road rage incident, where a motorist was shot five times. He had become as bad as his movie heroes. But betrayal was just around the corner. – Business is business, dad. – You know the young ones Never slow down, always rush, rush, rush. – My son will rush to his own funeral. – Welcome back to Tough Nuts and Dino Dibra, the Sunshine Boy. By the start of the new millennium, the gangland wars in
Melbourne were in full flight, and as the bodies piled up, there was an ever increasing
need for guns for hire. Andrew “Benji” Veniamin, became
one of the go to killers. Happy to work for whichever
gang could afford him, despite his blood brother’s
growing reputation as a killer, Dibra believed
he had nothing to fear. – Benji was a psycho. He was a complete, utter psycho. Benji swapped sides, changed sides. They didn’t really know where they were, but the one thing they could do, was walk up behind ya and
put a bullet in your head. – Benji Veniamin, if
he was an inch shorter, he’d make a good circus dwarf. He was a two bob little flea. I didn’t have much time for him, he was a fuckin’ wombat. He was on Carl Williams’ side one day, he was on Mick Gatto’s side the next. He couldn’t make up what
side of the fence he was on, you know? – There was a time back then where certainly, amongst some
areas of the community and even some police
officers, the whole episode was referred to “the self cleaning oven,” because they were cleaning up themselves and unfortunately there
are innocent people impacted by a lot of this as well. Had it just been them having the gun fight at the OK Corral, in an
enclosed space somewhere, it would’ve saved a whole
lot of drama for everyone. – That same year saw the final
demise of the Sunshine Boys. Dibra had demanded loyalty from Veniamin in a petty spat with
another member of the gang. But he had overplayed his hand, and Veniamin and the
Sunshine Boys’ old mentor, Paul Kallipolitis,
decided not to back Dibra. Forensic psychologist Wendy Northey, thinks that Dibra wasn’t
completely oblivious to what was happening around him. – I think there is that element amongst career criminals that they’re here for a good time,
not necessarily a long time. I think at some subconscious level, they make that choice. Many of them must realize
that there is a high risk that they won’t make old age. – He had a shack over in
Cranbrook Street, Sunshine West. Which was known only to
his close associates. He would go there to chill
out with his friends, do business, a little bit
of dope grown there as well. He felt that was a secure,
safe haven for him. But by this time, he
had quite a few enemies and he double crossed quite
a few people in his circle. He was gonna go out on
the town that night. They’d been to a barbecue
in the afternoon with his family and so forth,
just a pretty normal day for Dino. – Maybe there was a terrible inevitability about the events of October 14, 2000. For the Sunshine Boys who’d
forged their ties in blood, the final ending would have
to be paid in blood as well. (laughing) – Anyway, gentlemen, I’ve gotta go. I got no time for lunch. – Stay. For your mother, she doesn’t
see much of you these days. She misses you. – Business is business, dad. – You know the young ones. Never slow down, always rush, rush, rush. – My son will rush to his own funeral. Say good bye to your
mother, and apologize. She made your favorite. – Dino, where are you going? – Ma, I gotta go. – But what, you just got here? Why are you leaving so soon? – I gotta go make some money, and I’ll make you proud of me. – I’m always proud of you. Hey, Dino, you didn’t bring
your washing this weekend. – No. I’ve been too busy. How ’bout I come over
tonight, I’ll bring it. We’ll sit down, have a meal, you know, do some talking, while you’re not so busy being the life of the party. – You be good, boy. No more trouble with the police, huh? – See you later, ma. Love ya. (car tires screeching) (gunshots) (gunshots) – Now you’re gonna die
like a real gangster. (gunshots) – [News Anchor] 25 year old
convicted drug trafficker, Dino Dibra, was gunned
down execution style outside a house in Canbrook
Street, West Sunshine. Police believe there were three killers. They say they know one of the gunmen, but need more information to arrest him. – Dino Dibra was ambushed
outside a house in West Sunshine. He was riddled with bullets. One of those gunmen being Andrew Vineamin. – It was certainly felt it
was Andrew Vineamin was there. It’s a possibility that Paul Kallopolitis may have also been there. All those issues that had begun years ago in petty, personal disputes,
were now being played out in murder. It was the total disaster and destruction of the little team. – [Tara] Greg Davies believes Dibra would have know what was about
to happen in the seconds before he was gunned down. – You would imagine
Dibra may well have known who it was who was leaning
out that car window who were pointing fire arms at him and about to pull the trigger. And again, it’s the old story of someone quicker on the
draw finally confronted him and who he knew. (gunshots) – A lot of these fellows
take that as the fact. They say, “well, you know, he’s come. “I can’t do anything about it. “Get it over and done with.” – Beause that scene just
has happened in Scarface where at the beginning of the
film, everyone’s together, they’re all mates, all on the rise. By the end, they’re killing each other. So there’s certainly an
inevitability about it. – I believe there wouldn’t
have been any hatred towards him in what Benji did. It was just a job. They’re cold, calculating killers. – Now you’re gonna die
like a real gangster. (gunshots) – [Tara] To this day, Dibra’s murder remains officially unsolved, with a police reward of $100,000 remaining unclaimed. – [News Anchor] Dibra’s
grieving family also appealed for more information, saying they can’t move on with their lives
until the murder is solved. – Anyone that has any
information, please come forward. That’s all we ask. You have to put yourself in our position, we need some closure. – [News Anchor] The
$100,000 will only be paid if information provided
leads to a conviction. – After Dino’s death,
his parents just didn’t want to believe that he’d been
involved in several murders and assaults and that sort of stuff. So, they wanted to believe that he was the nice, good, observant muslim boy that’d he’d always been. But unfortunately the
truth was something else. – A funny story from a
police officer I know who arrested him early on in his career. The police officer told
him, “unless you pull “your head in, you’ll be
dead before you’re 30.” And of course Dibra by
that stage was believing his own publicity, he was
wrapped up in his own world. He’d gotten away with so
much in the western suburbs, he just didn’t listen. And he ended up another telly
on the Underworld scoreboard. – Any notion of criminal
loyalty these days is a fiction. This notion that crims stick
together to the bitter end, is dead. And he would’ve known that. He would’ve known that
there’s no such loyalties. He’s already trodden on toes, so I don’t think he’d be surprised that the person who kills him may be the person that he had shared blood
with at an earlier stage. In some regards, it’s a
rather interesting irony. The blood that he shared as an adolescent becomes the blood that
he shares as the adult at the end of a gun. – Most believe Dibra
met his end at the hands of lifelong friends Benji
Veniamin and Paul Kallopolitis. After his death, the Sunshine
Boys disintegrated completely. In 2002, Veniamin was the prime suspect when Paul Kallipolitis was murdered. He was also involved in the abduction, torture, and killing of
another of the Sunshine Boys, Mark Mallia, in 2003. He himself was then killed in 2004. It was a bloody end to a
lifetime of friendship, and the boy’s distraught
families were left trying to reconcile their memories
of kids with hearts of gold, with their bloody and
brutal criminal lives. See you next time on Tough Nuts, Australia’s Hardest Criminals. (rock music)

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