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The 14-year-old daughter of notorious underworld figure Carl Williams will receive a six-figure compensation payment, made with taxpayers’ money, for the murder of her father in prison.

Williams’ life was always likely to come to a sudden and brutal end, however the fact it happened in jail is a windfall for his offspring.

Just weeks before the Underbelly figure was due to give evidence as a star witness into a police corruption case, Williams was beaten to death by cellmate Matthew Johnson at the maximum-security Barwon Prison near Geelong in April 2010.

An ombudsman investigation at the time said the state of Victoria had failed in its statutory duty to protect Carl Williams, who was serving a 35-year-sentence for taking 31 lives in the gangland war he masterminded.

However, the Victorian government says it accepts no liability in the case.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he understands most people will be unhappy about the settlement but that he had been advised by lawyers that it was the best outcome for all parties.

“The daughter is getting significantly less than she sought,” he told ABC Radio 774.

Just how much Dhakota, who was nine when her father was murdered, will receive is confidential. There will be no payments made to Williams’ wife, Roberta or his father George, who have previously raised claims against the government but since dropped then.

In 2010, a News Limited article questioned why the state was paying for Williams’ child to attend a private school. Some say this could have triggered the murder by Johnson, who was known to be extremely violent and to particularly hate police collaborators.

Speaking to the ABC, Premier Andrews acknowledged there would be a certain level of outrage about the settlement but that the child in question should also be considered, “If you’re going to penalise children because of what their parents did … it does set a pretty damaging precedent for the future,” he said.

The money will be held in a trust fund until Dhakota turns 18.

How do you feel about this use of taxpayers’ money? 


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  1. It was my understanding that these kind of payments were for victims of crime. This child (although she has had the sad loss of her father) is not a victim of crime. She would have lived with the turmoil of the family for the whole of her life. As the article says he would have come to some sort of sudden/nasty end eventually so why should the taxpayers fund a payment to his daughter. Hard? Yes. Reality? Yes.

    3 REPLY
    • He was murdered & therefore his child is a victim of crime. Murder is a crime.
      I do however also believe that the child should not profit from his crimes. Therefore his assets should be stripped from the family.

    • Sorry but I beg to differ. Heinous as the crimes of Carl Wiliams were, his daughter was a victim of crime as her father was murdered. The other hangers on …father …ex..etc deserve nothing.

    • Of course the girl is a victim of crime! What makes it even worse is the fact that the government was looking after the father! I am not sure but has there ever been an inquiry into how this could have happened ?

  2. I totally disagree with this hand out!

  3. No the family should get nothing he was a criminal anyway .not the government or people fault …

    1 REPLY
    • The daughter is a victim of her father’s activities over which she had no control whatsoever. The State has a duty of care for prisoners incarcerated within its prisons – that has always been the case.

  4. I think it’s wrong she is already getting her education payed for by the taxpayer there are people out there that have suffered far more than this girl

  5. The daughter is not the criminal and the criminal was murdered whilst in a supposedly secure jail.

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    • No the daughter is not the criminal but why should the taxpayer be punished because she doesn’t have a father like Carl Williams any longer. Who needs a father like Carl Williams anyway. Tell me how that girl would have benefitted by having a father like him if he were alive either in jail or especially out of jail. People like Carl Williams usually come from families where bad is bred into you so she is better off without any influence he may have had on her, as I said either in jail or especially out.

    • If he wasn’t a criminal and thought more if his family he wouldn’t have been in prison with people who had were as mean as him ..

    • as already stated not her fault, but she should not benefit from his crimes, The Government never killed him

    • How was he supporting her in jail? Why did she need compensation, someone was obviously already providing for her care!

    • So who cares ? He got what he did to others . What’s the big deal here ?
      Why is that our problem . Everyone knows when a murderer or a pedophile goes to jail there is the possibility of them being hurt or done in . Who cares ?

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