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Melbourne matriarch denied bail

THE matriarch of one of Melbourne's most powerful underworld families was refused bail yesterday when she appeared in court in connection with the shooting death of her brother-in-law.

Judy Moran and a friend were charged late on Tuesday as accessories after the fact in the death of Desmond "Tuppence" Moran, 61, who was gunned down on Monday in the doorway of a deli by two gunmen wearing balaclavas.

Magistrate Jelena Popovic ruled that Judy Moran, 64, and Suzanne Kane, 45, were a threat to the community because of their access to firearms, and denied them bail.

Police allegedly found handguns and a loaded shotgun in the house that the two women shared, as well as clothing matching the description of that worn by the gunmen.

Since her arrest on Tuesday night, Judy Moran's home has been severely damaged by a suspicious fire.

The Moran family was involved in a decade-long war for control of Melbourne's drug trade that killed at least 28 criminal figures or associates. The majority of the murders remained unsolved.



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