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  • Husband charged over cold case deaths of Rita Caleo and her brother Michael Chye

    2019 - 07.17

    Breakthrough: Dr Michael Chye and Rita Caleo. Pictures: SuppliedA Ramsgate businessman has been charged with ordering the murder of his wife and her brother in Sydney’s eastern suburbs more than two decades ago.
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    Mark Caleo, 52, was arrested at his homein Sydney’s south early on Wednesday. He was taken to Kogarah police station where he was charged with two counts each of murder and solicit to murder.

    Police allege Mr Caleo, who operates a tutoring business at Kogarah, ordered for his brother-in-law Michael Chye to be shot dead in the garage of his Woollahra mansion in 1989.

    Police allege he then arranged for his wife, Rita Caleo, to be killed. Ms Caleo was stabbed to death in the en suite of her Double Bay flat. Police allege Mr Caleo wanted her dead because she “knew too much”.

    Mrs Caleo’s brother-in-law, Gerard Caleo, 42, was arrested in relation to the case at Sydney International Airport last August in what police described as a “major breakthrough”.

    Detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Team charged Gerard Caleo with solicit to commit murder, accessory before the fact to murder and accessory after the fact to murder. He remains in custody.

    Wednesday’s arrest is a long time coming for Strike Force Nichola, formed after the deaths of the siblings, whose father was a senior-ranking police officer in Malaysia.

    Dr Chye, 36, was shot three times in a gangland-style execution as he drove his Mercedes into the garage of his house in Attunga Street, Woollahra, on the night of October 16, 1989.

    An inquest into his death in 1991 found that Dr Chye, his sister and her husband had been been involved in a dispute over a $3.6 million waterfront property in Blakehurst, in Sydney’s south.

    Mrs Caleo, 39, was so worried about her brother’s death she handed her solicitor a sealed envelope that read: “To be opened only if my death is unnatural”.

    The envelope contained the names of two people she accused of organising her brother’s execution.

    She was stabbed in the stomach during the night of August 10, 1990, while her children slept in an adjoining bedroom.

    A live-in nanny heard sounds coming from the main bedroom of the unit in Bay Street, Double Bay before finding Mrs Caleo’s body at 1.30am.

    MarkCaleo, was working at one of his two Sydney Italian restaurants at the time of the killing, police said at the time.

    During an unsuccessful bail application at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday, Mr Caleo’s solicitorSam Macedone told the court the police case was weak and based on “speculations, suspicions and assumptions”.

    Mr Caleo will appear in court again on February 17.

    Detectives anticipate making further arrests.

    with AAP

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