Ricky Ciano and wife Rachel at their wedding.
Ricky Ciano and wife Rachel at their wedding.

Gruesome killing of Rebel bikie

TWO men have been accused of giving Rebels bikie gang member Ricky Ciano a fatal amount of illegal drugs then dumping his body in an abandoned luxury car on the side of a rural road in central west NSW last year.

The body of 35-year-old Ciano was discovered in a BMW on the side of a road near Oberon on Valentine's Day 2017.

His family had reported him missing a day earlier, with NSW Police later confirming a suspicious lethal drug overdose may have claimed Mr Ciano's life. "Obviously the circumstances insofar as how Mr Ciano's body was located in the back of his BMW, about 15 kilometres out of sight on Duckmaloi Road, have led us to the point where we are still conducting a homicide inquiry," Detective Chief Inspector Jason Dickinson previously said.

Two men - aged 33 and 44 - were on Thursday arrested at Silverwater jail, and both charged with murder, with police alleging the men gave Mr Ciano a fatal cocktail of prescription and prohibited drugs, and then abandoned the car with his body inside.

The pair is due to face Lithgow Local Court on Friday.

Ricky Ciano and wife Rachel.
Ricky Ciano and wife Rachel.

The 35-year-old, who survived an attempt on his life in 2015, had been living on the Gold Coast after severing ties with the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang. Mr Ciano nearly paid for with his life when a hitman pretending to deliver a pizza knocked on the door of Mr Ciano's Central Coast home but he refused to open it.

Senior Rebels member Abuzar Sultani, who was arrested in 2016 over the execution of Sydney underworld figure Pasquale Barbaro, is accused of plotting to kill Mr Ciano at Wamberal in August 2015.

Detectives piece together the final moments of Ricky Ciano whose body was found in a vehicle in the state's Central Tablelands on Valentine’s Day. Picture: NSW Police
Detectives piece together the final moments of Ricky Ciano whose body was found in a vehicle in the state's Central Tablelands on Valentine’s Day. Picture: NSW Police

Earlier this year, two men, aged 25 and 29, who were also serving time at prisons in Newcastle and Goulburn, were charged with conspiring and agreeing to murder.

They were among hundreds laid against more than 20 people following investigations by the homicide squad and Strike Force Raptor, which has been looking into the activities of the Burwood Chapter of the Rebels OMCG and their associates.

Forensic investigators search for clues. Picture: NSW Police
Forensic investigators search for clues. Picture: NSW Police

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