Judy Moran’s house badly damaged by suspicious fire

31/05/2018 Posted by admin

Judy Moran’s home in Moonee Ponds was damaged by a fire last night. Photo: Penny StephensAS Melbourne crime matriarch Judy Moran spent the night in the cells her house was badly damaged by a suspicious blaze.The front of Mrs Moran’s house was engulfed in flames just hours after she was remanded in custody charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of her brother-in-law Desmond “Tuppence” Moran.Metropolitan Fire Brigade western zone commander Bob Undy says damage to the house has been estimated at $150,000.Arson squad investigators will determine whether an accelerant or a Molotov cocktail was used to start the fire, which appeared to take hold in the front living room of the house.Police officers this morning could be seen closely examining the home’s living room window frames and the ground beneath them.Detective Sergeant Glen Warren, from the Arson Squad, told reporters this morning arson chemists had arrived, but it could take some time to determine how the fire began.Asked if there was a connection to the shooting of Des Moran, Detective Sergeant Warren said: “Anybody could speculate. It would be an obvious thing to follow up”.He appealed for any witnesses who may have seen something suspicious in Ormond Road last night to contact CrimeStoppers.A police spokeswoman said police had already conducted a brief search of the property on Monday night after Des Moran’s murder.A second search was conducted yesterday after police obtained a search warrant, and objects of significant to the police investigation were removed.A neighbouring family escaped injury when windows exploded.Maria Manifavas was in her daughter’s bedroom in her Ascot Vale unit when she heard a huge bang and explosion, then a sound like fire crackers going off, when the fire started about 11pm.”I’m still shaking, just because my daughter’s here, my brother came over, and my daughter heard it, but she’s okay.” Ms Manifavas said.She said the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes but it was “very big”.”I shut all my windows to stop the smoke from coming inside, there was so much smoke,” she said.Ms Manifavas’ daughter’s bedroom is just metres from one of the windows that exploded in Mrs Moran’s house.Ms Manifavas said she did not know whose house it was until she heard it on the news on Wednesday morning.Coincidentally, Ms Manifavas went to the Union Road cafe where Desmond Moran was shot just one hour after the killing on Monday.”It’s a good deli, I go there a bit. I’ve been a bit shaken since then really, this is all a bit of a shock,” she said.Police remain on guard at Mrs Moran’s home in Ormond Road in Moonee Ponds. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to www.crimestoppers南京夜网.au.
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