A man who agreed to ‘dial up the numbers’ by helping gangland widow Roberta Williams bully a TV producer looks set to get a tougher sentence than her.
Jake Sexton, 27, had agreed to help his mate when he was involved in a savage assault on former Williams TV producer Ryan Naumenko.
On Monday, the Victoria County Court heard that Sexton would receive a community correction order and be required to perform unpaid work for his role in the outstanding work.
He pleaded guilty to intentionally causing injury.
Last month, Daily Mail Australia revealed that Williams herself is unlikely to have to do a single minute of community service when she is sentenced on Friday.
Jake Sexton agreed to show up at a warehouse where Roberta Williams wanted her reality TV producer to get up
Roberta Williams (pictured outside Victoria County Court on July 12, 2022) will receive a community order to organize the standover, but will likely avoid any community work
THE TV PRODUCER WAS A CON
Daily Mail Australia revealed in 2019 that Ryan Naumenko was jailed in 2017 after scamming Gumtree users out of thousands of dollars.
He sentenced him to six months in prison and an 18-month community correction order with 175 hours of community service.
The Sunraysia Daily reported that Naumenko was 33 when he pleaded guilty in March 2017 to 20 dishonesty offenses when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court.
It has been reported that the scammer’s “long serial scam history” dates back over a decade.
The court heard that Naumenko would accept money for his victims’ iPhones, but never delivered the goods.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Heintze said Naumenko told police he was pressured to scam the victims by others, but would not disclose who they were.
Williams is best known as the abandoned wife of Melbourne gang killer Carl Williams, who dumped her when he was bludgeoned to death in April 2010 by prison warden Matthew Johnson.
Carl had served 35 years for ordering the murder of three people and conspiring to murder a fourth.
Williams pleaded guilty in May to charges of blackmail and recklessly injuring Naumenko.
Naumenko had made the mistake of contacting Williams with the idea of filming a reality series about her life.
Fate would suggest he made a bigger mistake by failing to make payment to Williams’ companion, Daniel De Silva, who owned a video production company in Collingwood.
Victoria County Court heard Naumenko was lured into Mr De Silva’s warehouse on July 9, 2019 after he refused to pay $14,300 he owed him for work already done on the planned reality series .
Naumenko had falsely claimed that he raised $50,000 through GoFundMe to fund the ‘Mob Wives’ style reality show.
Williams was right to be concerned for the TV producer, who himself is a convicted fraudster and former prisoner.
On Monday, the court heard that Williams was determined to get Naumenko before he got them.
“If one of the boys slaps him and pushes him to get your money back, it’s okay,” she told De Silva before the assault.
Roberta Williams continues to cry poor despite everything except in recent images posted on social media
A 2007 file photo of convicted murderer Carl Williams as he sat in the dock in Melbourne County Court. This would be the last public photo ever taken of him before his murder in 2010
The pair then devised a plan to lure Naumenko to De Silva’s media studio to extract the money he owed.
The court heard that Sexton had agreed to come to the studio to help his mate John Harrison, who had been recruited by Williams to stand over Naumenko.
When Naumenko’s mother and children left the studio, De Silva told her he was “f**ked”.
‘It’s all over now’. I want money now, Roberta wants money now otherwise you’re screwed,’ De Silva told Naumenko.
When the terrified producer pledged to arrange the money, De Silva told him the time had passed.
“It’s too late, you’re dead,” he told her.
The court heard Sexton punch Naumenko in the face, which sparked the wild Williams action.
“Kill the c**t, he ain’t got no money,” Williams shouted.
Naumenko was punched and kicked intermittently over the next three hours, with Sexton threatening to break his hands and telling him he had a mate who would “burn” him.
Ryan Naumenko, then 36, went public with the allegations against Williams in 2019. He showed his injuries to a TV reporter
Ryan Naumenko was beaten, punched and threatened with a gun after striking a doomed business deal with Roberta Williama
Tied to a chair, Williams demanded he transfer money and told him he was lucky she hadn’t killed his mother and children.
In a victim impact statement read in court, Naumenko, who was 36 at the time and still living with his mother, claimed Williams’ companions left him with a deformed head.
“Since the night of the attack, my physical appearance has changed dramatically,” he said.
“My face is no longer asymmetrical and I’ve spent hours and hours over the past few years looking at my uneven face in the mirror and trying to get my current look under control. ‘
Naumenko had considered himself a ladies’ man at the time, claiming to have worked as a music producer with well-known Australian artists Thirsty Merc and Illy.
Naumenko bragged online in 2010 that it was “fast becoming one of Australia’s most popular talent management companies”.
A PR website said: “Ryan Naumenko, once associated with the wrong side of the law, has taken a complete backswing and is fast becoming one of the Australian music industry’s ‘go to guys’ when it comes to talent management”.
Sexton’s lawyer, James McQuillan, QC, said Sexton was not complicit in the unwarranted demands made of Naumenko by his co-offenders.
“Furthermore, there is no evidence that Mr. Sexton received any financial reward, or promise of financial reward, for his limited role in the overall offence,” he said.
Jake Sexton leaves Victoria County Court in Melbourne in October 2019.
Roberta Williams outside Victoria County Court in September 2019
While Williams was initially charged with choking Naumenko with an electrical cord during the attack, she pleaded guilty to the assault charge on the grounds that she did not participate in any physical attack on him after she reached an agreement with the Director of the Office of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd, CQ.
Blackmailing Victoria carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, while the assault charge stands at five years.
Williams will walk this week on a community correction order likely without having to do a single day of community service.
Williams claims she is too ill and too busy with maternal duties to perform such work.
While Williams survived the infamous Melbourne gang war which claimed the lives of 36 underworld figures, the 52-year-old says she still fears she and her family could be killed at any moment.
During her preliminary hearing in the magistrates’ court, Williams was shown vomiting into a paper bag before she flew into a rage, lifting a police desk and smashing chairs.
An extraordinary video showing Williams berating the police before trashing the interrogation room was released by prosecutors at the time.
For half an hour, Williams bombarded police with a host of conspiracy theories before falling ill in a brown paper bag.
The video was captured in an interrogation room at Melbourne West Police Station just weeks after Williams allegedly threatened to kill the TV producer.
She will return to court on Friday with Sexton for her sentence.
Roberta Williams vomits into a paper bag while waiting to be assessed by a police doctor after her 2019 arrest
Roberta Williams after being arrested for a failed attempt to blackmail a television producer