The garage of a member of Pat Musitano’s family had the word “rat” painted onto it while two cars sitting in the driveway were torched. It happened exactly a week after Musitano, the notorious Hamilton mobster, was shot to death.
As first reported by the Hamilton Spectator and confirmed by the CBC, 59-year-old Giuseppe “Pino” Avignone, a relative of Pat Musitano owns the home and was with Musitano when he was killed.
Hamilton police say they arrived at a home between Rymal Road and Twenty Road around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Flames had fully engulfed two vehicles in the driveway by the time officers arrived.
Black paint on the garage door spelled out the word “rat.”
Hamilton firefighters put out the fire, but the vehicles are heavily damaged.
Property records also show Michele Avignone has owned the home since January 2019. The home was transferred to Michele from Anna Maria Avignone for two dollars.
Avignone’s lawyer, Asgar Manek, said his client has “not pointed the finger” when accused of crimes and is not a “rat.”
“It must have traumatized him and his family,” Asgar said.
Hamilton police const. Lorraine Edwards told CBC News “Whether it’s a revenge thing, I don’t know.”
Avignone was at scene when Pat Musitano was killed
Musitano was shot dead in broad daylight in a small Burlington, Ont., plaza last Friday afternoon.
Sources tell CBC News that Avignone was close to Musitano and a trusted family member. The Musitano family is linked to…