BANCROFT, ONT.—Career criminal Delio Manuel Pereira laughed and cursed in court as he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for threatening to kill former cabinet minister and Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, a former Peel Region police officer and two former friends.
Pereira, 66, a former Toronto resident, in the mid-2000s served prison time for his role in setting up the gangland hit on boxer Eddie Melo at a Mississauga plaza on April 2001.
“I am satisfied beyond a doubt that Mr. Pereira made threats to kill Mr. Fantino and (Todd) Moore and I am satisfied that he meant what he said,” Judge Elaine Deluzio said in a Bancroft, Ont., courthouse Tuesday.
“I can’t look at her anymore,” Pereira at one point said loudly in the prisoners’ box, turning away from the judge.
Pereira also growled and swore at Melo’s brother Joey Melo, who sat in the front row of the courtroom.
Pereira, who once lived in west-end Toronto, moved to the cottage-country village of Bancroft after he was sentenced to a 4 ½ years in prison for his role in Eddie Melo’s murder. He pleaded guilty to charges of accessory to murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Melo case.
Court heard that Pereira, a grandfather with a wild grey beard, had kept a corkboard on his Bancroft bedroom basement wall with circled photos of Fantino, who also served as OPP commissioner, and Moore.
Court heard on Tuesday that Pereira tacked articles on Fantino on his wall, including one from a December 2017 edition of the Star.
That article, headlined “Fantino takes aim at judge, police and lawyers,” described his allegations that a Canadian judge, lawyers and several polices forces acted improperly in the conviction of a man on contempt of court charges.
Moore was a Peel Regional Police communications officer who worked as a spokesperson on the Melo murder case.