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Michael Antoneli Biography
Michael Antoneli, 69, was serving a life sentence for his role in the 2004 murder of Israeli drug trafficker Simon Turkov, 46.
Antoneli and his fellow killer Andrei Melnikov, then 32, were found guilty in July 2005 after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Turkov, who was married and had a family in Poole, Dorset, was suffocated with a pillow at the Marriott hotel in Marble Arch in March 2004.
Michael Antoneli, 69, was serving a life sentence for his part in the 2004 killing of 46-year-old Israeli drug dealer Simon Turkov
The couple received a minimum sentence of 20 years.
Antoneli tested positive for coronavirus at Long Lartin Maximum Security Prison, near Evesham, Worcestershire, on January 15.
His condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a local hospital six days later, dying in the early hours of February 15.
The Old Bailey was told that Antoneli and Melnikov had killed Simon Turkov (pictured above) on a day trip to Britain on March 28, 2004 +3
Antoneli’s closest relatives were next to his bed.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Long Lartin prisoner Michael Antoneli died in hospital on 15 February.
“The Ombudsman for Prisons and Probation has been informed.”
The Prison Service said it could not confirm the cause of death, which was a matter for the coroner.
The Old Bailey was told that Antoneli and Melnikov had killed Turkov on a day trip to Britain on March 28, 2004.
The prosecution said the victim owed £ 200,000 to a man in Belgium and the hit was ordered as revenge.
Antoneli and Melnikov checked into the Marriott hotel in Marble Arch after arriving in Dover on a ferry from Calais.
The court heard that Melnikov then went out to a nearby phone booth and called Turkov’s mobile phone.
Turkov then appeared in a taxi looking “anxious” and “agitated,” according to the taxi driver.
Melnikov and Turkov were caught on CCTV hugging each other in the hotel lobby and drinking coffee and whiskey before going upstairs, the court heard.
While inside Melnikov (pictured above) and Antoneli taped Turkov’s ankles and smothered him with a +3 pillow
While inside Melnikov (pictured above) and Antoneli wrapped duct tape around Turkov’s ankles and suffocated him with a pillow.
While inside, Melnikov and Antoneli wrapped duct tape around Turkov’s ankles and suffocated him with a pillow.
They then removed his bloodstained jeans, belt and Versace jacket and left his body in the bathroom.
Richard Whittam, prosecutor said: ‘A pathologist later identified marks on the ankles that matched the tape on the outside of the jeans that limited him.
‘He had not died of natural causes. He probably died of manual asphyxiation and there was DNA matching Mr. Turkov’s on the pillow.
Antoneli and Melnikov left the hotel separately, but returned to Dover together in a Mercedes.
They were seen dropping evidence by motorist Michael Runter as he was washing his car at the Tollgate service station near Gillingham.
Mr. Whittam said: “The front passenger got out of the vehicle and what caught Mr. Runter’s attention was that he appeared to be wearing yellow Marigold gloves.”
He opened the trunk and a door, pulled out a yellow bag, and walked over to a garbage can.
Melnikov tossed Turkov’s bloodstained clothes into the trash can, along with other items from the hotel room, including the magnetic card for the door.
Mr. Runter found the items inside the wheeled container and called the police, who brought the door card to the hotel room and discovered Mr. Turkov’s body in the bathroom.
Antoneli and Melnikov took a ferry back to Calais that day.
Antoneli, who had Israeli and Greek passports, was arrested in Belgium on the same day. Melnikov, who had an Israeli passport, was arrested in Tel Aviv on July 29, 2004.
Both denied the murder, but were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. After serving their sentence, they were to be deported.
Mr Turkov had been convicted in Israel for cocaine smuggling and escaped from prison.
Turkov had been convicted in Israel of cocaine smuggling and escaped from prison.
The court was told that he was a great player and lost around £ 200,000 between September 2003 and March 2004.
Although married, he lived with a Russian mistress in London’s Belgravia.
After the case, Det Insp Chris Jones said that Turkov was involved in criminal activity and owed Antoneli money.
“But that doesn’t mean that no one has the right to take their own life,” he said.
“This was a calculated murder that these two men thought they could just come to this country and commit before disappearing.”