New South Wales

Nov 30, 2011

ICAC inquiry: Ron Medich details night with sex worker

Multimillionaire Sydney businessman Ron Medich this morning made his long-awaited appearance in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Multimillionaire Sydney businessman Ron Medich this morning made his long-awaited appearance in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. But much to the frustration of Counsel Assisting, Geoffrey Watson, SC, Medich seems more interested in discussing the provision of s-x workers than answering his questions The Commission is looking into allegations Medich and associate Lucky Gatellari organised a s-x worker for former NSW energy minister Ian Macdonald as a reward for arranging dinner with state energy executives in July 2009. He told the Commission that, after dinner at the Tuscany Restaurant in Leichhardt, he drove Macdonald to the Four Seasons Hotel to meet an Asian s-x worker called Tiffanie. He said Macdonald had asked him to come in and have a drink with him so he could gauge "the lay of the land". The minister seemed concerned about being recognised, he said. A couple of days later the licensee of the Tuscany restaurant, Frank Moio, had received a furious phone call from Mrs Macdonald, wanting to know why her husband had a Four Seasons room key in his coat pocket. She was told that her husband had simply had a neck massage. Medich, who is one of five men charged with the murder of Sydney businessman Michael McGurk, said in his written evidence that the minister had "wanted to get a girl discreetly without anyone knowing about it". Medich's evidence is continuing.

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