Police allege father of five was 'shot dead over DJ equipment'


Police have revealed tragic new details on the death of a Melbourne father of five, alleging he was shot in the head because of an advertisement on Gumtree.

Four men faced court on Monday, but others are still on the run, over the weekend killing of Duane Hutchings, 44.

Tony Panagiotou, 56, is charged with murder.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court along with sons John, 18, George, 22, and 24-year-old Jonathan Atalalis, who are each charged with trespassing with intent to assault while carrying metal batons.

Father of five Duane Hutchings, pictured, died at Oakleigh East on after he was shot in the head. Source: 7News/Facebook

A court heard on Monday that brothers George and Johnny and their friend Jono had rented out DJ equipment to a woman living with Hutchings in Oakleigh, in Melbourne’s south-east.

On Friday, it’s believed they reported to Doncaster police that the equipment, worth at least $20,000, had wound up for sale online instead of being returned.

When no action was taken, it is alleged George Panagiotou posed as a buyer.

That’s when a witness says up to seven men allegedly stormed the home of Hutchings, who was killed with a sawn-off shotgun.

Tony Panagiotou faced Melbourne Magistrates Court along with sons John, 18, George, 22, and 24-year-old Jonathan Atalalis, Source: 7News

John Panagiotou was refused bail on the basis the shotgun and two or three alleged co-offenders were still at large as his “very distressed” mother sobbed loudly in court, comforted by her daughter.

“I don’t know who’s got that gun,” a concerned magistrate said of the missing firearm.

George Panagiotou will return to court on March 7 to apply for bail.

Atalalis did not apply for bail and his matter was adjourned along with those of Tony and John Panagiotou to June 3 for committal mention.

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