Sixth man charged over Splashes shooting

A sixth man has been charged in connection with the 2007 Splashes nightclub shooting of Dragan Sekuljica.

Colin Ray Rice, of the Sydney suburb of Tempe, fronted Wollongong Local Court yesterday over separate allegations he conspired to murder Dusan Krstic in 2007.

It is understood the Splashes shooting and the plan to kill Mr Krstic overlap.

Rice, 45, was charged with conspiracy in December, just one week before Kiama man Radomir Vukovic was also charged with plotting to kill Mr Krstic.

Tarrawanna man Zlatan Popovic and a fourth man, Tevi Koloamatangi, have also been charged with the conspiracy, along with the fatal shooting of Mr Sekuljica outside Wollongong's Splashes nightclub.

All matters were mentioned in Wollongong Local Court yesterday where they were adjourned to next month to allow the brief of evidence to be completed.

Popovic, 40, was the first to appear via audio-visual link yesterday.

Police allege Popovic planned Mr Sekuljica's murder and made several cash payments to the gunman shortly after the shooting.

The court heard the brief of evidence for the conspiracy charge had been served but some statements were still missing from the other brief.

Barrister Archie Hallas, acting for Popovic, called for committal proceedings to begin, noting his client had been on remand for several months.

He said he would be calling the main witness in the Splashes case as he claimed the matter "rose and fell on him".

Magistrate Michael Stoddart ordered all outstanding brief items to be served and adjourned Popovic's matter to February 27.

Koloamatangi, 43, along with Jason Hristovski, 27, and Dalibor Bubanja, 26, who have also been charged with Mr Sekuljica's murder and a count of shooting with intent to murder, will reappear on the same date.

Vukovic, 47, and Rice, who has been given strict conditional bail for the conspiracy charge, will reappear in March.

The court was told Rice was caring for his elderly mother, had nearly completed the methadone program and was reporting to police daily. He also faces two counts of taking and driving a vehicle without consent.

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