Leader of 'Rebels-linked' bikie gang jailed over 'sinister' kidnap and assault

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The head of a gang who had others kidnap and repeatedly bash a man over a drug debt has been jailed for five years and four months.

Chris Patris​, a 47-year-old man with reported links to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang, had associates take the victim to a house in Officer, where the man was bound and beaten in a garage and assaulted in the kitchen on May 13 last year.

Gang boss Chris Patris reportedly has links to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gang boss Chris Patris reportedly has links to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang. Photo: Rohan Thomson

County Court judge Michael Bourke said the victim was kidnapped and then beaten over a perceived drug debt worth thousands of dollars.

At one point two men drove the victim in Patris' white Holden Statesman towards Traralgon, where it was suggested the victim could direct the men to others who owed money, Judge Bourke said.

However the men called off the trip over concerns they were being monitored by police.

The victim was then taken back to Officer and repeatedly punched and kicked, Judge Bourke said.

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He suffered lacerations, bruising and swelling to his face, head and back.

Patris was one of eight offenders arrested over the kidnap and assault. Six others – five men and a woman – have already been sentenced, while another man is due to face court next month.

Although he did not lay a hand on the victim, Patris pleaded guilty to kidnap, intentionally causing injury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Judge Bourke said it was Patris who authorised the kidnapping, and who encouraged two of his co-accused to bash the man while he was bound in the garage.

Among the orders he gave was the message "Crack the c---", the court heard.

The judge described Patris' role as very serious given he was the most senior member of the group of offenders, the ordeal was prolonged and frightening for the victim and that the incident took place amid the "sinister environment" of the drug culture.

Patris also admitted calling an associate to have a quantity of methamphetamine flushed down the toilet when he realised police knew what was happening.

Police surrounded the house that night but the offenders inside surrendered peacefully.

Patris must serve at least three years and four months before he is eligible for parole.

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