A cyclist killer was arrested for leaving his $ 300 Prada sunglasses with DNA stains at the crime scene.
Darko Janceski, 32, was working on a car outside his home near Woolongong in April 2012 when Matthew Wiggins, 29, wearing a balaclava, shot him three times.
Mr Janceski’s father heard the gunshots and rushed outside before hitting Wiggins with a metal garden stake as the killer tried to escape on his motorbike.
Matthew Paul Wiggins (pictured), 29, was convicted of murdering Darko Janceski and assaulting his father Slobodan Janceski
Darko Janceski, a member of a Comancheros cycling gang (pictured), was shot dead in broad daylight outside his family’s home in Wollongong in 2012
Wiggins broke his father’s nose, smashed his jaw and fractured his orbit before running away, but left behind his gun, helmet and $ 300 Prada sunglasses.
The articles were then linked to Wiggins through DNA testing, meaning a jury could find him guilty of murder on Wednesday after his first trial was dropped on legal grounds.
Slobodan Janceski said he was “relieved” that justice had been served for his son.
“I think any parent, mother or father, would have done the same as me,” he said. The daily telegraph.
“He was a good friend of mine, and losing your child is like losing half your life. We feel very empty in our house.
The prosecution said Wiggins carried out the execution to avenge the alleged murder of his missing friend, Goran Nikolovski, who went missing without a trace in October 2011.
Nikolovski and Darko Janceski, were said to have been men of trust for those involved in drug trafficking and jointly organized an extortion racket in the Illawarra region.
Janceski was allegedly involved in Nikolovski’s disappearance and is believed to have set his own house on fire to destroy evidence.
It was alleged in court that Darko Janceski (pictured) was a reference man for those involved in drug trafficking and had organized an extortion racket in the Illawarra area.
Janceski survived a similar shootout less than three months before his death. He stayed with his parents after being released from the hospital.
Earlier in the trial, defense attorney David Doltone SC said no one has been able to identify Darko’s killer.
“The crown case is flawed,” he told trial in April.
Mr Doltone noted that DNA and fingerprints of other people had been found on the helmet and added that Darko’s extortion business meant many people might not like him.
“Yes, Mr Wiggins, who is a close friend of Goran Nikolovski, was very upset with (his death),” he said. “It doesn’t provide someone with a motive to kill. ”
Wiggins will be sentenced on June 28.
Matthew Wiggins (pictured) will be sentenced in June after being convicted of murder