Murder case raised in Danny Nikolic tribunal
AUSTRALIA: Threats made by jockey Danny Nikolic against Victoria's chief racing steward were all the more serious because they came against a background of a notorious murder, a tribunal has heard.
In another explosive day of evidence, lawyer Phillip Priest QC told the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board Nikolic threatened chief steward Terry Bailey and his family at a Victorian race meeting earlier this month.
Mr Priest, appearing for the stewards, said Nikolic had told Bailey: "We all have families c***, and we know where yours lives c***."
He said Bailey was entitled to take the threat seriously because it was a "notorious fact" that Nikolic's former father-in-law Les Samba had been shot dead in February last year.
"Mr Bailey would have known this," Priest said.
The murder remains unsolved, but police have linked it with recent race-fixing allegations in which Nikolic has figured prominently.
Nikolic has denied making the threats and of involvement in race fixing and his father-in-law's murder.