Williams co-accused face kill threat trial

Liz Hobday
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Four alleged associates of underworld widow Roberta Williams have pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill a Melbourne TV producer.

Williams herself pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 11 charges related to the incident.

Filmmaker Ryan Naumenko alleges he was bashed, choked and tied up with a power cord in July 2019 at the Melbourne office of the video production company Cloakroom Media.

The court heard Mr Naumenko was trying to make a "mob wives" style TV documentary about Roberta Williams' life.

The founder of Cloakroom Media Daniel De Silva is accused of taking part in the attack, along with Jake Sexton, Hassam Al Zwainy and James John Harrison.

The four men are aged in their 20s were committed on Friday to face a County Court trial, which is expected to take about a month.

Williams, widow of murdered gangster Carl Williams, was committed on Thursday to stand trial.

One of the accused, Jake Sexton, entered his not guilty plea via video link from a moving car, on his way to Heidelberg Magistrates Court to post a bail surety.

During the Melbourne Magistrates Court committal hearing, the court was told the alleged victim has a criminal history of dishonesty, and was lying about the attack.