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Bandidos bikies summons Campbell Newman to court for case over infamous Gold Coast brawl

BANDIDOS bikies have summonsed Premier Campbell Newman to appear in court on Friday to appear in a case over the infamous Gold Coast bikie brawl.

The gang has even paid the Premier’s $23.40 train fare from Brisbane to the Coast to ensure he makes it to court.

Mr Newman has been summonsed by Bandidos bikies Peter Mauric and Stephen Cox who want to vary their bail conditions so they can ‘communicate directly’ with fellow bikies.

Mauric and Cox were charged with rioting over the brawl outside a Broadbeach restaurant last September which led to the tough new anti-bikie laws. Mauric was also allegedly armed with a screwdriver.

They say the Government’s new anti-association laws are stopping them from working, going shopping, attending their children’s sports matches, discussing politics and even participating in Anzac Day marches in case they run into other Bandidos and are ‘thrown in jail’.

Tue
18
Mar
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Three people in High Court bid against anti-bikie laws face arrest if they attend press event together

THREE very different faces of a High Court bid to knock down the Newman Government’s controversial gang laws will have to stagger their appearance at a press event because they risk arrest.

The challenge, spearheaded by a Hells Angels tattooist on behalf of the bikies’ peak body the United Motorcycle Council of Queensland, comes the same morning as the government suffered a setback to its defence of the laws.

Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff QC, who helped fend off a previous challenge to criminal organisation laws by the Finks motorcycle club in the High Court last year, and also represented the Attorney-General at similar challenges by the Finks in South Australia and the Hells Angels in NSW, has quit.

Comment was being sought from the Justice Department on his resignation.

Tue
18
Mar
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Motorcycle Council to lodge High Court challenge against Queensland's anti-bikie laws

A High Court challenge will be lodged in Brisbane today against more than a dozen sections of the Queensland Government's controversial anti-bikie legislation.

The UMC represents 17 Queensland clubs but Hells Angels member Stefan Kuczborski is expected to be the public face of the campaign.

The Queensland Government crackdown on bikies follows a public brawl on the Gold Coast last year.

It includes a ban on patched members riding in groups of three or more and an extra 15 to 25 years on their sentence if an offence is gang related.

Jailed bikies are also made to wear pink jumpsuits and kept in soliatary confinement for 22 hours a day.

Lawyers will argue clubs were outlawed without any judicial backing.

They will also claim the laws infringe on the right to free speech and breaches Australia's obligations under various treaties, including the convention against cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment.

Tue
18
Mar
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San Jose: Ex-Hells Angel gets plea deal in funeral murder

SAN JOSE -- An ex-Hells Angels member charged with killing another biker at a huge San Jose funeral two years ago accepted a deal Tuesday to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for a prison sentence of three years and eight months.

Steve Ruiz, 40, was charged with fatally shooting Steve Tausan on Oct. 15, 2011, at Oak Hill Cemetery, where more than 3,000 people gathered for the funeral of the president of the San Jose chapter of the outlaw motorcycle club.

Santa Clara County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham Jr. said he reduced the original murder charge to voluntary manslaughter for two principal reasons.

Although Ruiz used too much force, Gillingham said, he was acting in the "good faith belief'' that he needed to defend himself from Tausan, who he'd been fighting with moments earlier.

Also, some of the prosecution's witnesses had extensive criminal backgrounds, including one key person whose rap sheet was 12 pages long, Gillingham said.

Tue
18
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Normand Ouimet sentenced to 25 years in prison

One of the most influential members of the Hells Angels in Quebec has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Normand (Casper) Ouimet, 44, has 18 years, three months left in prison once time already served is deducted. He must serve half of that before being eligible for parole.

Ouimet was originally charged with 22 counts of murder but pleaded guilty this month to the lesser charge.

Tue
18
Mar
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Warlocks murder trials begin in two weeks

Four co-defendants will be tried separately.

SANFORD – In rat-a-tat fashion, the four Philly Warlocks motorcycle gang members charged with murdering three members of a rival gang will stand trial individually, starting in two weeks.

Two judges today laid out that schedule and spelled out some ground rules, hoping to prevent violence between the two groups whose members hate each other as they sit in the same courtroom, watching justice being played out.

David "Tin Man" Maloney, 54 of Longwood, the leader of the break-away Philly Warlocks, will stand trial first. Circuit Judge Marlene Alva will begin jury selection for him March 31

Today she ordered that no one attending the trial wear gang "colors", patches and insignia that identify which group they belong to.

Tue
18
Mar
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Ex-Bandido evicted after tense police standoff

Ex-Bandido Jacques Teamo is evicted from his Varsity Lakes home wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

Ex-Bandido Jacques Teamo is evicted from his Varsity Lakes home wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Photo: Nine News

 

Notorious Gold Coast bikie Jacques Teamo has been evicted from his Varsity Lakes home after a tense standoff with police.

Officers were called to help evict the ex-Bandidos member from the Watts Road property owned by his relatives at 9.30am on Tuesday.

Gold Coast Superintendent Jim Keogh said Teamo became agitated when police arrived.

‘‘Police attended just for the purpose of keeping the peace,’’ Superintendent Keogh told Fairfax Media.
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17
Mar
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Ex-cop and business partner buy sports supplements shop from bikie Grigori Kossian

AN ex-police detective and his business partner are the unlikely new owners of a bikie’s former sports supplements shop on the site of the old Whiskey Au Go Go in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Grigori Kossian was the previous owner of the supplements store.

Grigori Kossian was the previous owner of the supplements store. Source: News Corp Australia

 

Lou Manulat and Ian Wilson only learned the former owner was a Bandidos gang member after he was charged with riot last month over a bikie brawl in Broadbeach.

Grigori “Greg” Kossian was the 42nd person arrested over the brawl last September that sparked a massive government backlash against gangs.

Sat
15
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Expelled Finks bikie Dion Spizziri allegedly tortured couple in bid to find missing gun

A GANGSTER’S son who never made the grade as a bikie kidnapped and brutally tortured a couple in a vain bid to track down his missing submachine gun, police claim.

Former Finks member Dion Spizzirri is accused of “hogtying” and shooting a woman in the stomach and pistol-whipping her partner unconscious during a five-hour interrogation over his lost Uzi.

Police will allege Mr Spizzirri was “desperate” to recover the Uzi – a rare find on the weapons black market – and continuously bashed the woman while her wrists and ankles were bound behind her back with plastic zip-ties.

Investigators claim he then shot her in the stomach, using a pillow as a “silencer” and a handgun he had already used to bash her male companion in the head.

Mr Spizzirri allegedly changed into a fresh T-shirt before leaving the torture scene, while his alleged accomplice dumped the wounded woman at a bus stop near the Gold Coast Hospital.

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Jurors find pair guilty in Glendale (2) Freeway shooting

Body of motorcyclist shot on Glendale (2) Freeway

Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008. Pictured is the L.A. County Coroner's personnel moving the victim's body on October 8, 2008. (Roger Wilson / Staff Photographer / March 13, 2014)

Suspects are convicted of 2008 shooting of motorcycle gang member.
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the Glendale (2) Freeway.

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