Further charges laid over conspiracy to murder, NSW

Homicide Squad detectives have charged two more men over the 2015 conspiracy to murder Ricky Ciano on the Central Coast, NSW Police say.

In November 2015, the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor commenced an investigation into the activities of the Burwood Chapter of the Rebels OMCG and their associates.

Their inquiries and investigations by the Homicide Squad led to hundreds of charges against more than 20 people. They remain before the court.

Investigators had previously charged a now 29-year-old man over the alleged conspiracy to murder Ricky Ciano at a home on the Central Coast on Monday 17 August 2015.

Following further investigations, Homicide Squad detectives arrested two men – aged 25 and 29 – at corrections facilities at Newcastle and Goulburn yesterday (Tuesday 22 May 2018).

Both men were charged with conspire and agree to murder.

They appeared at local court and remain in custody to re-appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said investigations are very much ongoing.

“The Homicide Squad is working side-by-side with Strike Force Raptor and pursuing a number of lines of inquiry relating to the chapter’s activities,” Det Supt Cook said.

“This includes a strong focus on the links between groups, as well as those who associate with – and between – the groups.”

Det Supt Cook said a separate investigation is being conducted into the circumstances surrounding Mr Ciano’s death in 2017.

“Strike Force Kiaka was established after Mr Ciano’s body was located in his car at Oberon on Valentine’s Day in 2017,” Det Supt Cook said.

“We are continuing to piece together his movements over the weekend, but based on the information we have gathered, the conspiracy is not related to his death.”

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