VICTIMS of crime advocate has criticised a Victorian Police offer of a $1 million reward to help solve a gangland killing, saying the death of Richard Mladenich was "good riddance".
Police say they are trying to tempt people who knew who killed Mladenich to come forward, with the reward up for grabs by anyone who offers information that leads to a conviction.
Mladenich was a bodyguard to slain drug boss Carl Williams and was killed at a St Kilda hotel 11 years ago.
But Crime Victims Support Association president Noel McNamara said only other criminals would know who killed Mladenich and they would now be set to claim the reward after having refused to cooperate with police for many years.
"They live by the sword and they die by the sword, so it is good riddance to bad rubbish," Mr McNamara said of Mladenich's death.
"That is another scumbag put in the earth and gone to hell ... the reward is a waste of time."
Mr McNamara said he did not believe the reward would entice anyone to come forward.
"They get what they deserve, those guys," he said.
"The real victims of crime are the ones who have someone come into their lives uninvited and stuff it up forever," he said.
Police yesterday said they need one last piece of evidence to solve the case.
Homicide Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles said the smallest piece of information could assist.
A $100,000 reward was offered in December 2002 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.