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Hitman: Geoffrey 'Nuts' Armour is seen on CCTV arriving to kill Des Moran

 Melbourne crime family matriarch Judy Moran  faces life in jail after being convicted of the murder of her brother-in-law,  Des ‘Tuppence’ Moran, who was whacked by crime family hitman Geoffery “Nuts” Armour on Judy Moran’s orders  

An Australian crime family matriarch faces life in jail after being convicted of the murder of her brother-in-law.

Judy Moran, 66, the head of a vicious criminal gang in Melbourne, drove the getaway car after she ordered the killing of Des ‘Tuppence’ Moran in front of several witnesses.

In a case described by Melbourne’s police chief as ‘stranger than fiction’, Moran had claimed she

 Judy Moran, 66, the head of a vicious criminal gang in Melbourne, drove the getaway car after she ordered the killing ofin front of several witnesses

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In a case described by Melbourne’s police chief as ‘stranger than fiction’, Moran had claimed she was visiting the grave of one of her two murdered sons when the fatal shooting took place.

But in a raid on her home, police opened a hidden safe and found a cache of handguns, a ski mask, a wig, gloves and a magazine of hollow-point bullets.

The once-glamorous showgirl became a central figure in a series of murders involving several underworld groups.

Police claimed the motive for the gangland hit was a family dispute over who should receive money left over following the murders of three family members.

Although she did not pull the trigger of the weapon, Moran arranged for gunman Geoffrey ‘Nuts’ Armour to kill him.

Des Moran died after he was hit by a hail of seven bullets into his head and upper body.

Another criminal who was in the car, Michael Farrugia, told the trial that Moran congratulated Armour and patted him on the back after confirming that he had shot her brother-in-law as she drove them from the scene.

related story by Mike Hedge,the age .  Judy finishes Moran clan from within