Former lawyer of Carl Williams turned magistrate moves ex-client’s daughter Dhakota off to another court to avoid conflict of interest – but she doesn’t show up anyway
- Ms Williams refused to answer questions from police, court documents said
- Charge came just days after she held a lavish party for her 21st birthday
- She previously said she wanted to be a lawyer but is now focused on business
- Ms Williams’ lawyer is Emma Turnbull, who has represented her mum before
- Magistrate pleaded with Ms Williams to finalise the matter with a simple fine
The last lawyer to speak to ganglord Carl Williams alive faced the uncomfortable prospect of sentencing his former client’s daughter.
Former gangland lawyer Rob Stary revealed he could hear barking and howling down the phone line as he spoke to Williams on the day he would die inside Barwon Prison on April 19, 2010.
Now a magistrate, Mr Stary was on Friday scheduled to sentence Williams’ daughter Dhakota over a petty driving incident that had dragged on for months.
Dhakota Williams (pictured), the daughter of the late gangland figure Carl Williams, was charged over using her phone while driving
Dhakota appeared on social media semi-naked alongside her mum Roberta Williams (right) recently
Due to appear in court at midday, the recently appointed magistrate appeared to be oblivious to what would have been an uncomfortable encounter.
Mr Stary had phoned Dhakota’s father on the day the Herald Sun’s Padraic Murphy had written a front page article suggesting he was a police informer.
Williams would later have his head battered in all over that very newspaper by powerful prison gang kingpin Matthew Johnson.
Stary told the Herald Sun at the time he had heard prisoners’ barking and howling down the phone line at Williams.
In jail, the mark of a ‘dog’ – or police informer – often ends badly for the inmate marked as such.
Mr Stary had worked hard to get Williams a sentence discount for his co-operation in the prosecution case against Paul Dale, a former police officer.
The then respected lawyer later called on a royal commission into the death of Williams.
As it would happen, Mr Stary’s likely concern over fronting the daughter of his former client never eventuated, with Dhakota failing to appear.
Carl Williams (pictured) leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 14, 2004
By then, her matter had been shunted off to another court room, where one of Mr Stary’s colleagues was forced to deal with her in her absence.
Dhakota, 21, was charged with using her phone at the wheel just days after her lavish 21st birthday celebrations in March.
She had previously appeared in court via video link where magistrate Graeme Keil pleaded with her to get the matter sorted then and there.
Court documents allege Dhakota was intercepted by police while driving a black BMW on Melbourne’s Alexandra Avenue.
She had initially asked for the matter to be adjourned while her lawyer, Emma Turnbull, worked to obtain documents to help progress her case.
Ms Turnbull has long acted for Dhakota’s mum Roberta Williams, who is herself a convicted drug offender.
The court heard Dhakota only had one previous blemish on her driving record, which was over a parking infringement.
In April, the matter was adjourned with a view that Dhakota might still contest the charge.
On Friday, she abandoned all hope and failed to even appear in court on video.
She was fined $520 and cut loose without a conviction.
Dhakota Williams (left) and her mother Roberta (right) posed for a photo at the Emerson rooftop club in Melbourne as guests arrived for her 21st birthday bash
Carl Williams (pictured right) holding his daughter Dhakota in his arms during a prison visit
Dhakota Williams (pictured left with her mother Roberta) regularly posts glammed up snaps to Instagram where she has 37,000 followers
The Williams clan was thrust into the attention of mainstream Australia after the lead character in the original season of the crime series Underbelly, played by Gyton Grantley, was based on Carl Williams.
The series followed the bloody gangland wars which rocked Melbourne in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Dhakota in an interview before her birthday said while her father was notorious, to her he was just a normal dad.
‘For me going to visit him, I couldn’t pick any difference between him and what society classes as a normal dad,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
‘We would talk about school, being nice to my mum, brushing my teeth every day, literally the most normal things you can think of,’ she said.
She also added she was determined not to let her family’s notoriety define her.
Ms Williams had previously said she wanted to be a lawyer but is now focused on studying business management at university.
She regularly posts glammed up pictures to Instagram where she has 38,500 followers.