One of the most salacious stories in Victorian politics has reached a very sad conclusion with the death of one of its central figures.
Jake Della-Vedova was convicted in 2009 of blackmailing a then Member of Parliament using a video recording of him engaged in 46 minutes of sexual intercourse with him and then paying for the service. Jake “the Snake” demanded $15,000 from the MP, threatening he’d take the vision to Nine’s A Current Affair.
The deplorable incident cost the married MP his seat in Parliament, probably a term ahead of when he otherwise would have departed. The victim of the blackmail cannot be named for legal reasons, even though the culprit has died. The victim refused to be defeated by the criminal shakedown and its aftermath, continuing in public life in a different way.
The former waiter at the one-time Sol Lew favoured eatery Rosati’s near the rear end of 101 Collins Street fled Melbourne after being sentenced to a brief term of imprisonment. He is understood to have lived with his parents for a time before moving on to Newcastle.
The troubled lad died recently at age 29 years old, leaving shattered family members from a small country town to reflect on what appears to have been a largely wasted life.
May he rest in peace.