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Police state claims as alleged drug traffickers face court

A prominent Gold Coast lawyer believes Queensland is starting to resemble a police state.

Campbell MacCallum slammed the state's controversial anti-bikie laws after a bail application for his client was adjourned in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Braden Quan, 26, is facing charges of trafficking as part of a police investigation into a major Gold Coast drug syndicate allegedly run by nightclub owner Ivan Tesic.

Braden Quan

Braden Quan's bail application was adjourned after it was alleged he was a Bandidos bikie associate. Photo: Supplied (Facebook)

Quan has not been charged under the anti-bikie laws.

But his bail application was adjourned after police prosecutor Senior Constable Tahnee Roberts alleged that he was a Bandidos bikie associate.

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Hells Angels founder may testify at trial of man accused of Newton kidnapping

 
 
 
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Jury begins deliberations in Warlocks Motorcycle Club murder trial(video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

The jury in the murder trial of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club member began deliberations Wednesday afternoon. The jurors were handed the case around 1:55 p.m.

The founder of the Philadelphia Warlocks Motorcycle Club looked on Wednesday as prosecutors made closing arguments, trying to convince a jury he's guilty of murdering two members of a rival motorcycle club in Winter Springs in 2012.

David Maloney is accused of killing two people during a shootout with the rival Orlando Warlocks MC during a fundraiser at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Winter Springs.

Even though bullets fired from Maloney's gun never struck the victims, the prosecution believes his participation makes him responsible.

"To be principal, the defendant doesn't even have to be present when the crime was committed," said prosecutor Stewart Stone.

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Coroner’s report examines final minutes of René Charlebois’s life

Coroner’s report examines final minutes of René Charlebois’s life

 

Hells Angels Nomads Luc Bordeleau, left, and René Charlebois at the April 2000 funeral for murdered Nomad Normand ‘Bill’ Hamel.

 

A Quebec coroner’s report released this week describes the last minutes in the life of escaped convict René Charlebois, who shot himself with a 357 Magnum last autumn as police closed in.

Charlebois was the Hells Angels prisoner to whom former Montreal police detective Benoit Roberge gave insider information about ongoing investigations into organized crime.

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Judge: Jury can consider self-defense during deliberations in Warlocks MC shooting (video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A judge denied a motion Tuesday for a jury to consider the stand your ground law in the murder trial of a former Warlocks Motorcycle Club member.

The judge, however, said the jury can consider self-defense in Philadelphia Warlock David Maloney's trial.

Maloney's attorneys argued Tuesday that Maloney fired his gun while standing his ground against the rival Orlando Warlocks who showed up during a charity bike event at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Three people died in the 2012 shootout.

Maloney, who was once a member of the Orlando Warlocks, told the judge that it was his choice to testify. He told the jurors he feared for his life from possible retribution by his former club and only pulled the trigger to defend himself.

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Tramps president Ronny Harding withdraws from legal battle to regain gun licence

The president of the state's smallest motorcycle club has backed down from a legal battle to regain his gun licence, leaving three other club members to fight the possible test case in Victoria’s appeals court.

Four members of Wangaratta motorcycle club, the Tramps, had taken their dispute to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a bid to overturn a Firearms Committee's decision to uphold police’s cancellation of their firearms licences in 2012.

But club president Ronny Harding pulled out of the challenge on Tuesday. His lawyers would not say why he had withdrawn.

Tramps members Michael Oxenham, Mal Dinsdale and David Winzer will continue with their appeal.

They say they used firearms for hunting, controlling vermin, and, in the case of Mr Oxenham, for work as a mobile butcher.

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TEMECULA: No arrests in bloody biker brawl on I-15

~~Two Hells Angels were stabbed but won’t talk and witnesses say Mongols were involved.~~

 Two weeks after a bloody brawl among motorcycle riders on the freeway near Temecula left two Hells Angels with stab wounds, no arrests have been made and investigators say the stabbing victims aren’t talking.

The fight blocked northbound traffic on Interstate 15 near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint about 6 p.m. March 22, and reportedly involved dozens of bikers described by witnesses as Mongols and Hells Angels armed with weapons such as bats and shovels.

By the time officers arrived, the bikers were gone but they found a bloody fight scene and a discarded knife, a Riverside County sheriff’s investigator wrote in search warrant documents. Officers drove north to the Temecula Parkway off-ramp, where they found two motorcyclists.

One of them was wearing Hells Angels clothing and was covered in blood, court records say.

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State rests in Warlocks motorcycle gang member's murder trial

SANFORD -- 

State prosecutors have rested their case against David Maloney, the first of four men charged with shooting and killing three members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang at a VFW hall in Winter Springs in 2012.

Maloney is charged with murder for the deadly shooting at a VFW Post 5405.

Prosecutors say Maloney had been kicked out of the Florida Warlocks and started his own gang -- the Philly Warlocks -- before the two gangs came face-to-face at a charity motorcycle ride on Sept. 30, 2012, when the gunfire erupted.

The state said Maloney brought his group to the hall to start a fight and left after killing three men.

But the defense will try to build a case around the idea that the Florida Warlocks were targeting Maloney, and he was protecting himself.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.

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Murder charge dropped against Warlocks MC member in fatal shooting

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A judge on Monday granted direct acquittal to one count of second-degree murder in the trial of a motorcycle gang member accused in a fatal shootout during a Seminole County charity event.

Known Philadelphia Warlocks Motorcycle Club member David Maloney was initially charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The judge said Monday that Peter Schlette, one of the people killed in 2012 during a charity event outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Winter Springs, was killed before Maloney was outside.

Scheltte and two others killed were part of the rival Orlando Warlocks.

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State expert: I found DNA on guns that killed Florida Warlocks (images)

SANFORD – One at a time on the witness stand this morning, a state DNA expert pulled out the pistols that killed three members of the Florida Warlocks, a biker gang, during a Sunday morning shootout at the VFW hall in Winter Springs two years ago

Two had the DNA of Victor "Pancho" Amaro, said Kiersten Taylor Kevin, a DNA expert with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

One matched the DNA of Paul Wayne Smith, she said.

Both men are charged with three counts of second-degree murder and are to stand trial in the next few weeks.

But Taylor Kevin's testimony came on Day 6 of the triple murder trial of David "Tin Man" Maloney, a member of the same rival motorcycle gang as Amaro and Smith.

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