Gangland widow Roberta Williams wins change to bail over COVID-19

Roberta Williams no longer has to report to police while on bail. The change is part of a mass overhaul of Victoria's justice system in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Gangland widow Roberta Williams wins change to bail over COVID-19

Gangland widow Roberta Williams will no longer have to report to police as part of her bail conditions due to fears for her life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Williams today had her bail conditions eased at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, no longer requiring her to attend police stations over alleged threats to kill and extortion charges.

The change is part of a mass overhaul of Victoria's justice system where accused criminals will not have to report to police while on bail in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Williams has been charged with an alleged extortion and threat to kill plot against a producer of her reality TV show.

The wife of slain gangland figure Carl Williams attempted to make a show about her life as a widow, but she allegedly threatened to kill the producer of the show.

Her bail conditions required her to report to police four times a week.

But Williams argued that due to being a chronic asthmatic, she was more susceptible to contracting coronavirus if she had to keep attending the police station.

Shadow Attorney-General Edward O'Donohue said Williams should not get a "free pass" over a mild illness.

"Through her reality TV show, Roberta Williams has sought to profit from her notoriety and criminal connections," he said.

"Victorians who are doing tough at home during this crisis don't expect alleged criminals to get a free pass because of a minor illness."

The Police Association of Victoria was not against Williams' changed bail reporting conditions.

Williams' case was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to major changes underway in Victoria's bail system, as later it was revealed all bail reporting conditions would be suspended as of April 24.

"In support of the current Chief Health Officer directions, the requirement for persons to report on bail at police stations will be suspended for all offenders effective Friday," an email sent from Victoria Police to PSOs and police officers read.

"This decision has been made to reduce risks to staff and community and has the support of the courts. Persons reporting on bail will still be required to adhere to all other conditions of their bail."

Prosecutors are set to have discussions with informants in the coming week on cases that involve alleged high risk offenders.

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