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Carl Williams killer Matthew 'The General' Johnson drops his appeal bid from Barwon Prison

The hitman responsible for the murder of underworld boss Carl Williams has withdrawn his appeal to overturn his conviction and end his life sentence.

Supermax inmate Matthew “the General” Johnson brutally beat Williams in a Barwon prison in Victoria, beating him to death with the handle of an exercise bike seat in April 2010.

Johnson reportedly had his appeal withdrawn last month, with a source close to him saying he “had audacity” to obtain relevant documents from Victoria Police and that he was “unwilling to lie and say others were involved” .

CCTV cameras caught Johnson red-handed in 2010, recording him hitting Williams eight times with the seatpost in a high-security unit of the prison. It took guards 30 minutes to realize what Johnson had done.

He received a minimum of 32 years in prison for the murder, although he claims to be innocent and acted in self-defense – a claim the judge described as “fantastic” at the time.

A new photo has surfaced of ruthless killer Matthew Johnson as he withdraws his appeal against a Supreme Court decision serving a life sentence for killing underworld boss Carl Williams

A new photo has surfaced of ruthless killer Matthew Johnson as he withdraws his appeal against a Supreme Court decision serving a life sentence for killing underworld boss Carl Williams

Underworld figure Carl Williams (pictured) was murdered by Matthew Johnston in Barwon Prison in 2010 with an exercise bike seatpost

Underworld figure Carl Williams (pictured) was murdered by Matthew Johnston in Barwon Prison in 2010 with an exercise bike seatpost

Underworld figure Carl Williams (pictured) was murdered by Matthew Johnston in Barwon Prison in 2010 with an exercise bike seatpost

Johnson was caught beating Williams to death with the seatpost on CCTV (pictured), though it took more than 30 minutes to find Williams

Johnson was caught beating Williams to death with the seatpost on CCTV (pictured), though it took more than 30 minutes to find Williams

Johnson was caught beating Williams to death with the seatpost on CCTV (pictured), though it took more than 30 minutes to find Williams

Johnson had appealed the conviction in 2021.

The murdered kingpin Williams had ordered the murder of three people and had conspired to kill a fourth. The convicted murderer and drug trafficker was facing life in prison, with a 35-year non-suspended sentence.

During his imprisonment, however, he helped the police with their investigation of at least ten unsolved jobs in the underworld.

A Supreme Court judge found Johnson killed Williams because he knew Williams informed police about the 2004 murders of police informant Terence Hodson and wife Christine.

Johnson, who has been in isolation since the murder, is the leader of the prisoner of war gang at Barwon Prison. The gang has an outspoken disdain for those who cooperate with the police.

Williams had linked himself to former cop Paul Dale and top hit man Rodney Collins in the Hodson murders in information he provided to the Victoria Police Department.

Johnson (pictured) has been a violent criminal since childhood, his criminal history includes more than 100 previous convictions for serious crimes and ten previous prison terms

Johnson (pictured) has been a violent criminal since childhood, his criminal history includes more than 100 previous convictions for serious crimes and ten previous prison terms

Johnson (pictured) has been a violent criminal since childhood, his criminal history includes more than 100 previous convictions for serious crimes and ten previous prison terms

Elderly prison killer and gang leader Matthew Johnson (left) took a photo with his newborn grandson next to his daughter Tori years ago during a sanctioned family visit

Elderly prison killer and gang leader Matthew Johnson (left) took a photo with his newborn grandson next to his daughter Tori years ago during a sanctioned family visit

Elderly prison killer and gang leader Matthew Johnson (left) took a photo with his newborn grandson next to his daughter Tori years ago during a sanctioned family visit

The pair were charged with the murders and appeared in court when Williams was murdered.

A source close to Johnson told the Herald Sun in Melbourne, he had had “guts” to obtain police documents relevant to the case and Johnson had said he was “unwilling to lie and say that others were involved” in Williams’ murder to pursue his appeal further.

He told the source, “I did it for the reasons I did.”

Johnson will serve 23 hours of each of his days in lockdown at Barwon Prison.

Johnson is being held in a high-security section of Barwon Prison (pictured), near Geelong, separated from some of Australia's most violent and dangerous inmates

Johnson is being held in a high-security section of Barwon Prison (pictured), near Geelong, separated from some of Australia's most violent and dangerous inmates

Johnson is being held in a high-security section of Barwon Prison (pictured), near Geelong, separated from some of Australia’s most violent and dangerous inmates

Carl Williams (pictured), convicted murderer and drug trafficker, was serving a life sentence for ordering the murder of three people.  He assisted the police when he was clubbed to death

Carl Williams (pictured), convicted murderer and drug trafficker, was serving a life sentence for ordering the murder of three people.  He assisted the police when he was clubbed to death

Carl Williams (pictured), convicted murderer and drug trafficker, was serving a life sentence for ordering the murder of three people. He assisted the police when he was clubbed to death

His criminal record includes more than 100 previous convictions for serious crimes, serving ten previous prison terms.

He had also recorded 76 separate incidents within the prison, including multiple assaults on inmates and prison staff, starting a fire and possession of contraband – all prior to the 2010 murder trial.

A 2012 report by a Victorian ombudsman revealed that prisoners of war were “responsible for a series of violent attacks on prisoners and prisons,” including an attack on a prisoner allegedly acting as a police informer.

A credo, allegedly written by Johnson, for his gang described how to solve prison problems through violence, including bashing, stabbing and cutting.

A photo with a piece of paper bearing the primitive creed was posted on a social media profile linked to the ultra-violent prison gang.

“POW Prison is the jungle, and only the strong can survive … Problems are solved with chaos and violence … People live and people die, We operate eye for an eye,” the note reads.

“Behind the concrete we are fighting a war, action can erupt a step past the cell door, we hit, stab and cut,” it continues.

The credo is signed: ‘Matt Johnson, The General’.

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